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Spider-Man PS4 Release Date, E3 2018 Gameplay, Hands-On Preview Impressions, Sinister Six Villains - Everything We Know

Sony's PS4 exclusive Spider-Man game is coming in 2018, and we've got all the details you need to know right here including a release date, characters, character suits, and more.

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Spider-Man PS4 is releasing exclusively for Sony's flagship console later this year, and it looks like the Sinister Six will be opposing our titular hero throughout the action packed game. In this Spider-Man PS4 everything we know guide, we'll be providing you with all the information you need on the upcoming game, including the final Spider-Man PS4 release date, a complete list of all the Spider-Man PS4 characters that we've seen so far, as well as everything you need to know coming out of the impressive Spider-Man PS4 E3 2018 gameplay footage.

E3 2018 might be behind us at this point, but there's still a lot of information out in the wild about Spider-Man on the PS4. We'll make sure to keep this guide completely up to date with all the latest information on the game, so you've got a complete hub of knowledge for Spider-Man PS4 right here.

Spider-Man PS4 Essential Information

  • Release Date: September 7, 2018
  • Price: $60
  • Platforms: PS4
  • Developer: Insomniac
  • Publisher: Sony Interactive Entertainment
  • Genre: Action

Spider-Man PS4 Release Date

The release date for Spider-Man on PS4 is September 7, 2018. The reveal game in Game Informer Magazine (via its website). Spider-Man on PS4 will be releasing exclusively on PS4.

Although the Vice President of Marvel, Ryan Penagos, said that Spider-Man PS4 would release in 2017, the Spider-Man PS4 release date is now 2018. This was confirmed at the end of the e3 2017 trailer. But perhaps this shouldn't have come as a surprise, given that we already had Call of Duty: WWII, Destiny 2, Battlefront 2 and Middle-earth: Shadow of War releasing late in 2017.

Spider-Man E3 2018 Gameplay Trailer

Sony took to the stage during their E3 2018 press conference and showed off a brand new gameplay trailer. It showed Spider-Man intervening in a breakout at The Raft prison. There were a ton of villains involved, including Electro, Scorpion, Rhino, Vulture, Mister Negative and another mystery character teased at the end.

It looks as though the Sinister Six will be the main team of villains going up against Spider-Man in the game. But who could the mystery sixth member of the team be? If you listen very closely to the noise they make at the conclusion of the video, our money is on Venom, villain from the infamous Spider-Man 3.

After going hands on with Spider-Man at E3 2018, Polygon had some interesting analysis of the game map. "Spider-Man’s world captures the idea of New York rather than the actual place", Chris Plante writes. The city basically functions as a clean version of 1970's New York, with realistic recreations of inconic buildings like the Empire State Building, Chinatown, and Manhattan Bridge.

Spider-Man PS4 Hands-On Preview Impressions

We recently went hands-on with Spider-Man at E3 2018, and our main impression is that while the web-slinging feels great, the camera unfortunately doesn't. Peter Parker moves so quickly while in the spider suit that it's actually hard for the camera to keep up with his movements. There's also 'slow-mo' sections of the game, which although give you more time to react to enemy attacks, it also makes it harder to properly get into the flow of the game.

Spider-Man PS4 Gameplay Demo

We knew Spider-Man PS4 would be appearing at Sony's E3 2017 presentation, so it was no surprise when the web-slinger rounded out the presentation. You can see the trailer for yourself just below, and we've rounded up some highlights from the footage further down.

  • Spider-Man looks to be taking cues from the combat of the Batman: Arkham series, with counters being essential when fighting off opponents in arenas.
  • Wilson Fisk has been confirmed to feature in the game, as we see Peter Parker saving all of Fisk's men in order to get information from him.
  • There are plenty of quick time events in the Spider-Man footage we saw, as the character saved a helicopter and a crane from crashing into citizens below.
  • Peter Parker might be out protagonist, but Miles Morales can be glimpsed briefly at the very end of the footage.
  • A 2018 release window has been given to the game, contradicting a recent statement from Marvel vice president Ryan Penagos that Spider-Man would be releasing this year.

In an interview with PlayStation Trophies, Spider-Man community director James Stevenson revealed that Miles Morales will have a "much bigger role than just a cameo", after the character was briefly glimpsed at the end of the E3 2017 gameplay demo at Sony's presentation.

More story details have emerged from the interview, including the fact that the Peter Parker in Spider-Man is 23 years old, and has been saving the people of New York City for almost 10 years. Norman Osborn (aka. the Green Goblin) is running for mayor of NYC, while Martin Li, the enemy of the E3 2017 demo, is the boss at Aunt May's workplace.

Spider-Man PS4 was announced in a trailer during Sony’s E3 2016 conference. Insomniac, developers of Ratchet & Clank, Resistance, and Sunset Overdrive, was revealed as the developer of the game, while New York City was also shown in all its glory during the minute-long trailer.

We got a good glimpse of combat in the game, as Spider-Man used objects around him to batter his enemies. He also used his natural agility to dodge enemy attacks, swing between buildings, and navigate busy rooms, including a coffee shop filled with customers.

Spider-Man got the Digital Foundry analysis in the video just below, where John and Dave spoke at length about how the game impressed on the PS4 Pro at E3 2017. Spider-Man will be using the same technology at Ratchet & Clank to simulate true 4K, and although the game supports full HDR, it won't be running at native 4K on the PS4 Pro.

The game generally has a very "soft and smooth" image, and uses motion blur seamlessly, giving Spider-Man a general pre-rendered CGI look to it. New York City itself is also very impressive, as shadows are clear and defined, while there's very little pop-in from distant buildings around the city skyline.

According to the official Twitter account for the Spider-Man PS4 game, the official name of the game was meant to be revealed at PSX, last year in December 2016. This plan must have changed however, as we have only now had it revealed to us that Spider-Man is in fact the official name of the game.

Will Spider-Man Tie-in to the Marvel Universe?

Based on what we’ve seen so far, it would appear that the upcoming Spider-Man game has nothing whatsoever to do with the upcoming movie, Spider-man: Homecoming. In the film Spidey is played by Tom Holland. Holland has already appeared alongside Robert Downey Jr.’s Iron Man and Chris Evans’ Captain America in Civil War. Spider-Man in the PlayStation 4 game looks to be entirely on his own, with no other Marvel characters to be seen (yet).

This is only from the single announcement trailer, however, and while it’s doubtful that any Avengers will make an appearance in the game, famed Spider-Man villain Green Goblin may be the villain of the game, if this report from Comicbeats on an IMDB listing for the game is to be believed.

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  • Avatar for BulkSlash #1 BulkSlash A year ago
    I hope they're not planning a Kojima-style character swap with this game, where Peter Parker is only in it at the start and then gets replaced with Miles Morales. I don't necessarily mind if that's the plan, but I'd like to know about it ahead of time, rather than have the "surprise" sprung on me like with MGS2.
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