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Spider-Man: Miles Morales on PS5 is a ‘full story arc’ in a smaller game

Spider-Man: Miles Morales will have a “full story arc” for Miles in a stand-alone game that will be comparable to Uncharted: The Lost Legacy in scope, developer Insomniac Games said Thursday.

This means that while Miles’ game may not be a “full game” in the same way that its 2018 predecessor was, it will still have a multi-hour campaign. Fans were confused last week when the game was revealed during Sony’s “Future of Gaming” livestream, as mixed messages from Sony made it hard to tell if Miles Morales was an expansion or a brand-new title. Bloomberg reported that the game “will be smaller than a traditional console game but will be sold as a stand-alone project,” and Insomniac has now confirmed that report in a PlayStation Blog post.

Uncharted: The Lost Legacy began development as an expansion for 2016’s Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End but ended up being released in 2017 as a stand-alone game for $39.99, cheaper than the typical $59.99 price point of a full game. A typical playthrough of The Lost Legacy might take eight to 10 hours, whereas Spider-Man is in the range of 15-20 hours. Sony has not yet announced the price of Miles Morales.

Brian Horton, creative director for Miles Morales, also provided some more details on the game, saying that it takes place one year after Marvel’s Spider-Man, during the winter. Miles has some new powers that Peter Parker’s Spider-Man didn’t, such as “bioelectricity” — the ability to deliver a shock to enemies — and invisibility, said Horton in a new video. Of course, Peter is still alive and kicking, and Horton noted that the team still has a lot of story to tell for the original Spidey.

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Miles will sport unique animations that set him apart from Peter and reveal his personality. “He isn’t as confident, but he’s learning from Peter; he’s trained with Peter,” said James Ham, senior animator, in the video. “He doesn’t move the same way, so when he’s swinging, he’s a little bit more flail-y.”

Horton added that Insomniac Games is taking full advantage of the PlayStation 5 hardware to deliver features like “near-instant loading,” real-time ray tracing for reflections, haptic feedback via the DualSense controller, and 3D audio. And the studio has upgraded its character models with “4D scans and improved skin shading” to make everything look a bit more realistic, according to Horton.

Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales is set to be released this holiday season on PS5. There’s no word yet on whether the game will also be available on PlayStation 4. Sony also hasn’t said anything about the PS5 being backward-compatible with Spider-Man, or about the game being given an upgrade for the PS5 — but Horton did say in the blog post that “many of the city’s assets have also been updated to take advantage of the new console.”

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