Marvel's Spider-Man 2 is finally here, and the next chapter in Peter Parker's story is available for all players to swing into on PS5.
Prior to its launch, we compiled everything we knew and all news and information about the release into one page so you'd be able to access everything you needed to know in one place. Now the game is out, there's no need to keep this page updated with all new information, but it's worth checking back on to see how the information we received compares to the content of the game itself.
Here's everything we knew about Marvel's Spider-Man 2, including everything from dissecting trailers to all the news we had about the game so you can see how it compares to the game itself.
Marvel's Spider-Man 2 PS5: cut to the chase
- What is it? The sequel to the critically acclaimed Marvel's Spider-Man
- When did it come out? October 20, 2023
- What can I play it on? PS5
- Who makes it? Insomniac Games
Marvel's Spider-Man 2 PS5 release date
Marvel's Spider-Man 2 launched on October 20, 2023, on PS5. This was around where we had expected the game to release, given that it had previously been penned for a Fall 2023 window. This put it among some stiff competition, as Super Mario Bros. Wonder was released that day too.
Is Marvel's Spider-Man 2 a PS5 exclusive?
Pre-orders for the game went live on June 16, offering both a standard edition and a digital deluxe edition, both of which offer a number of in-game cosmetics and add-ons to aid your experience. For a look at other PS5 exclusives that are set to arrive in the near future, be sure to check out our Upcoming PS5 exclusives list.
Is Spider-Man 2 coming to PC?
Despite Spider-Man 2 being explicitly referred to as a PlayStation exclusive, there is a possibility we could eventually see it come to PC at a later date. We've seen Sony bringing more and more of its first-party titles to PC recently, with Marvel's Spider-Man and Marvel's Spider-Man: Miles Morales already on the platform. This likely won't happen until at least a year after its initial release, however.
Marvel’s Spider-Man 2 trailers
The latest trailer we received for Marvel's Spider-Man 2 was shown off during the Sony State of Play event that aired September 14, 2023. It gave us our best look at gameplay yet, specifically choosing to focus on the open-world action, and the many, many suits that will feature. Check it out below:
We've included an assortment of Spider-Man 2 trailers throughout this article, but to see every trailer and developer diary released so far, you'll want to head on over to the official PlayStation YouTube channel.
Marvel's Spider-Man 2 PS5 gameplay
Thankfully, we have a fair chunk of gameplay for Marvel's Spider-Man 2 to analyze. The headline feature here is that Peter Parker's Spider-Man has access to the symbiote suit, earning the title of "acrobatic improviser." In addition, this appears to add new combat abilities, including a huge slam attack that can take out multiple enemies at once.
In terms of traversal, we saw that both Miles and Peter have wing suits this time around which have been confirmed to help you travel faster than before. These are used to ride air currents in the trailer and can be chained seamlessly with web-swinging.
At certain points during the game, it looks as though you can actually switch between playing as Miles and Peter. It's unclear at present whether this is tied to story beats, or whether things are more based on when the player wants to switch.
Generally, from what we've seen and what has been confirmed, Marvel's Spider-Man 2 looks to host a significant update on the gameplay featured in the last two games. There's a heavier emphasis on the aggression of combat and the raw power of the new suit.
New abilities and gear look to add new spins on existing combat and traversal systems. It has also been said that how you play the game will have an impact on Peter and his abilities, which is an interesting spin.
Marvel's Spider-Man 2 story and setting
It's no surprise to most that Marvel's Spider-Man 2 is once again set in New York's Manhattan Island, things have been expanded slightly. Manhattan, Queens, and Brooklyn will also feature, expanding the map as a whole. You can read more about this in our Marvel's Spider-Man 2 map size guide.
Kraven can be seen in the 2023 trailer for the game, as he decides to leave the jungle to go and hunt new targets in New York. This is likely where Marvel's Spider-Man 2 kicks off.
At some point, Peter Parker has acquired the symbiote suit and is using it as part of his regular Spider-man duties. Miles Morales is back this time too and is clearly aware that the symbiote suit appears to be changing Peter. How this all links together remains to be seen, and we still don't know how Peter got ahold of the suit in the first place.
At the end of Marvel's Spider-Man, Harry Osbourne is seen suspended in a tank, surrounded by what looks to be a symbiote. We know that Venom will be a big part of the game, but how things go from Harry to Peter, and then to Venom is still unclear.
But what we do know is that the Spider-Men aren't Kraven's only target throughout the game. He's clearly on the hunt for other super-powered targets, such as Taskmaster, and Wraith (who might just be Yuri Watanabe). Hopefully, we'll hear more about the plot of Marvel's Spider-Man 2 soon now we have a release date.
Marvel’s Spider-Man 2 news
New character posters for Venom and Lizard revealed
Insomniac has revealed new character posters for Lizard, and Venom. These give us fresh looks at the new villains, and they certainly look formidable.
Spider-Man 2 will require 98GB of space on PS5
As reported by Gamesradar, some PS5 special editions for Spider-Man 2 have already been sent out. Text on the back of the retail boxes reveals the file size for the game. It's reportedly 98GB, twice as big as the previous game.
Marvel's Spider-Man 2 will let you slow down combat
Sony has updated the accessibility features over on the store page for Marvel's Spider-Man 2. It's now detailed that players will be able to slow down the game whenever they want, to 70%, 50% and 30% speeds.
More details revealed at San Diego Comic-Con 2023
In a real treat for fans, Marvel's Spider-Man 2 got its own panel at San Diego Comic-Con. In addition to a brand new story trailer, the voice actors at the panel also revealed some juicy hints as to what to expect from the plot.
We now know that Miles Morales will be in the process of applying to college during the game and that he'll encounter the sinister Mr. Negative from the first title. We also know that the story will kick off 9-10 months after the events of Spider-Man: Miles Morales and that fan favorite blowhard journalist J. Jonah Jameson will have returned to his job as head of the Daily Bugle.
The panel also saw the reveal of a new Spider-Man-themed PS5 bundle, with a stylish Venom-themed aesthetic.
That's everything we knew about Marvel's Spider-Man 2 for PS5. For more on this year's biggest gaming releases on PS5, be sure to visit our New PS5 games schedule. Elsewhere, there's our look at the best PS5 games.
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