Spider-Man: Miles Morales – Everything we know so far!
Spider-Man: Miles Morales is in the hot topic basket since the announcement of new Sony’s PlayStation 5 recently. The developers may have given some clarifications regarding the Confusion abounds over what the project is.
Insomniac Games has confirmed that the newly announced Spider-Man: Miles Morales will be a standalone title for the PlayStation 5. They quash rumors that the title was simply a remastered version or an expansion of the original PS4 Spider-Man. The rumors have been swirling since the reveal. The game will reportedly be smaller in scope than the original. Though, per a Bloomberg report that compared it to Uncharted: The Lost Legacy in scope.
Part of the confusion comes from comments from Simon Rutter, EVP head of European business at Sony Interactive Entertainment. He has commented in an interview with The Telegraph.
“I guess you could call it an expansion and an enhancement to the previous game.”. He further went on to explain, “There’s a substantial Miles Morales component — which is the expansion element — but also within the game as well there’s been major enhancements to the game and the game engine, obviously deploying some of the major PlayStation 5 technology and features.”
Despite Rutter’s comments, the developer Insomniac Games has confirmed in a tweet that Spider-Man: Miles Morales is a “standalone game”. It will continue the adventures of the video game Spider-Man.
Spider-Man: Miles Morales was the actual kickoff to Sony’s “Future of Gaming” event on Thursday. For the first time in the hourlong presentation where we saw in-engine footage of an actual PS5 game. Sony had to know that fans would see the trailer and wonder about what Miles Morales is: a full game, a spinoff, an expansion? The lack of explicit messaging — which might have come in a traditional onstage E3 press briefing, where Simon Rutter would likely have said some words about the project beyond showing the trailer.
Morales is recognized as the hero of the Oscar-winning animated film Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse. As a significant character in Insomniac’s PS4 game, he’s 100% perfect for the leading role in a follow-up. But the gaming scene also has a long history of relegating characters of color, particularly black tones, to spinoffs and expansions. Instead of making them the protagonists of mainline games, as an example, Uncharted side characters Chloe (Indian-Australian) and Nadine (black South African) characters were mainly focused on The Lost Legacy. If Bloomberg’s report about the Spider-Man: Miles Morales is accurate, this appears to be a similar situation. And it’s disappointing to hear that this character, which now has a vast fandom partly because of Into the Spider-Verse, may not be getting a “full game” of his own.
Yet still, Insomniac and Sony have a challenge ahead of them in fulfilling the promise of the Spider-Man: Miles Morales trailer. After it debuted during the virtual event, social media was filled with enthusiasm from people. They were thrilled that a half-black, half-Puerto Rican character was going to get the spotlight in what will likely be a PS5 launch title. (Sony has not confirmed the timing. But the company currently lists both Miles Morales and the PS5 itself with a “holiday 2020” release window.)