With E3 2017 still in full swing, Insomniac Games continues to reveal even more information about its upcoming PS4 exclusive based on the iconic Marvel hero, Spider-Man, with the developer having recently touched on some of its campaign details. As it so happens, a couple of the more interesting tidbits to come from the studio’s creative director Bryan Intihar confirms that the forthcoming action-adventure release’s story mode will feature a “mostly” open world and contain gameplay that has fans take on the role of Peter Parker.
These revelations and more came about during a discussion between Intihar and Kotaku, as the outlet was going hands-on with Spider-Man in an alternate playthrough to the gameplay footage that debuted during Sony’s E3 2017 press conference. When it comes to the role of the Web-Head’s alter ego in the game, Insomniac’s creative director explained, “It can’t just be Spider-Man 100 percent of the time. Peter Parker is integral to the character. In our game, you’re gonna see Peter a lot in story and in gameplay. He has a job. He just graduated college, and he has his first job as a scientist.”
As far as the “mostly” open world in the Spider-Man campaign is concerned, Intihar didn’t explicitly reveal what kind of constraints would be put upon players’ voyage through the title’s virtual version of New York City, but it was confirmed that exploration and acrobatic combat would be a major part of it. Not to mention, Intihar stated that the campaign will be single-player-only and feature no co-op whatsoever, squashing the dreams of those hoping for a team-up between Peter Parker and Miles Morales, the latter of whom was seen in the E3 2017 gameplay demo.
Additional gameplay elements were revealed by Intihar as well, with the Spider-Man creative director confirming that the Wall-Crawler will not have the ability to kill enemies, as there will be contingency animations to save the lives of those facing imminent peril, be they civilian or criminal. Inithar explained by saying, “It’s certain scenarios we’ve put him in, certain abilities he’ll do during combat to prevent people from dying So whether it’s about deciding where stuff gets placed or how it unfolds, Spider-Man’s not gonna be killing people. That’s not the game we want to make.”
Taking all of this into consideration, Spider-Man seems to be shaping up quite nicely and looks like the video game analogue for the comic book version of the character that fans have been waiting to experience. As the weeks and months mount toward the title’s release, it will be interesting to see how Insomniac Games makes its own world for Spider-Man.