Insomniac Games’ Marvel’s Spider-Man officially has a release date, and with that reveal has come plenty of new information on the webslinger’s next adventure.
Game Informer’s cover story and supplementary interview with Creative Director Bryan Intihar dives deep into the opening of the game, while also offering plenty of new story details. If you’ve already read up the newest updates regarding the game’s unlockable costumes and lack of microtransactions, check out what else GI’s story has revealed.
Mr. Negative and Kingpin have already been revealed as villains appearing in Spider-Man. And while it’s almost certainly not the extent of the full rogues gallery, GI’s time with the game hinted at or showed off via gameplay another handful of villains.
Shocker sporting some Iron Man-esque armor appears as part of a sidequest. And the game’s introductory sequence, which includes a look at Peter Parker’s apartment, hints at Rhino, Scorpion, and Vulture at least having had a presence in New York City thanks to Daily Bugle clipouts.
While not part of the main game, the already confirmed DLC will feature new story content. The first of three planned DLC packs involves Black Cat.
While Insomniac has gone to great lengths to create a realistic version of New York City, featuring iconic landmarks and the city’s familiar layout, some liberties have been taken. That rings particularly true for fictional buildings that hint at the wider Marvel universe.
The Wakanda Embassy, Avengers Tower, and Sanctum Sanctorum are all featured in Marvel’s Spider-Man, however Insomniac would not confirm or deny whether any of the characters associated with these buildings feature in the game at all.
And so while Spider-Man will obviously focus in on Spidey’s specific world, it’s clear Insomniac has built out a world that acknowledges the larger Marvel universe.
Insomniac made a splash with its new design for Spider-Man — a large, white spider symbol adorned on his suit instead of a familiar, black spider design. According to GI’s playthrough, the more iconic suit is what Spider-Man is wearing at the very outset of the game.
The white suit’s development is tied to the story, so Insomniac doesn’t reveal much to GI about how it comes to be. The only tease the developers gave was that the white spider suit may be tied into Peter’s scientific pursuits.
Marvel’s Spider-Man is not going to feature a well-known sidequest from the beloved Spider-Man 2 video game — hunting down balloons. But, the city will still be packed with optional activities.
One example includes Spidey scouring the city for backpacks he had previously webbed up, taking down Kingpin-controlled outposts, stopping random crimes, which can even take you into the interiors of buildings, and taking photos of gold cats for Black Cat.
And Taskmaster also appears, doling out…well, tasks to Peter in the form of bombs placed throughout the city Spidey must defuse. Completing these tasks earns Peter crafting materials that can be used for gadget upgrades.
Spider-Man can also interact with New York City’s citizens as their friendly neighborhood hero. Spidey can high five, take selfies, and point finger guns at passersby.
The game’s story takes place over the course of a few weeks, according to Intihar, but much of what happens in those weeks still remains a mystery.
While we already knew Mary Jane Watson is in the game as a playable character, Intihar seems quite excited for players to experience her part in the story.
“Mary Jane is going to surprise a lot of people in this game. A lot of people,” Intihar told GI.
What we do know is she’s aware of Spider-Man’s true identity, but she and Peter are currently not romantically involved.
On another story note, Intihar was adamant you won’t be seeing the death of Uncle Ben in Insomniac’s Spider-Man outing.
“Hell no,” he adamantly said to GI about the possibility. This is of course the route Spider-Man: Homecoming took with the third big-screen version of Peter Parker.
Stay tuned to IGN for more on Spider-Man as it’s revealed ahead of the game’s September 7 release.
Jonathon Dornbush is an Associate Editor for IGN who really just can’t wait to play Spider-Man even if it doesn’t have any balloons to catch in it. Find him talking about Spidey and more on Twitter @jmdornbush.