Marvel's Spider Man: Miles Morales has new powers and a "full story arc", says Insomniac

By Heidi Nicholas,
Marvel's Spider-Man: Miles Morales will be its own standalone game, as clarified by Insomniac's creative director, Brian Horton. Horton has given a further update on the game, with new details on story and PS5 capabilities.


Miles will be "his own Spider-Man", says senior animator James Ham, with his own "unique" traversal and combat. For instance, since Miles is learning from Peter and isn't quite as confident yet, Ham says he's a bit more "flaily" when web-slinging around the city. Miles will also have new powers, including bio-electricity and invisibility.

"We knew that Miles's origin story as a Spider-Man was something that needed its own game," says Horton. "Miles's multicultural background reflects a more modern, diverse world" and his story will have "new set-pieces, fresh villains, and unique quests". The game is set about a year after the first, in a wintry New York. "Just before Christmas break, a war between an energy corporation and a high-tech criminal army has broken out. Miles's new home in Harlem is at the heart of the battle."

Horton compares the size of the game, with its "full story arc", as more "akin to a game like Uncharted: The Lost Legacy in terms of overall scope". He also emphasises how the game will utilise the capability of the PS5 with "near-instant loading, ray-tracing, 3D audio and the DualSense controller," while characters and the city itself have been updated for a more realistic look.

Lastly, Horton reassures fans not to worry about Peter Parker: he's "OK" and they "still have much of Peter's story left to tell", but this next game is Miles's story.

Marvel's Spider-Man: Miles Morales releases this holiday for PS5.
Heidi Nicholas
Written by Heidi Nicholas
Hey, I'm Heidi! I've just finished studying a Masters in English Literature, but I've been obsessed with gaming since long before then. I began on the PS2 with Spyro, before graduating to the Xbox 360 and disappearing into Skyrim. I'm now a loyal RPG fan, but I still like to explore other genres — when I'm not playing Assassin's Creed Odyssey, or being lured back into Red Dead Redemption 2 or The Witcher 3!