Your friendly neighborhood Spider-man is going on a spectacular multi-dimensional adventure in his next outing, Spider-Man: Shattered Dimensions, which sends old Web-head to realities both "amazing" and "noir." Let's hope the two remaining mystery realms don't include a "suck" dimension.
The previously teased Spider-Man: Shattered Dimensions will toss Spider-Man into four separate Marvel universes, according to GameSpot's first look at the Beenox-developed title. That quadruple reality rift is caused by the mystical MacGuffin known as the Tablet of Order and Chaos, which Peter Parker must reacquire.
Two realities, "noir" and "amazing," appear to be lifted from the Marvel Comics series of the same names, the Depression era Spider-Man: Noir and more modern The Amazing Spider-Man. (Update: Looks like Marvel's 2099 universe may also be represented. See below.)
The game's first trailer highlights some of the gameplay differences between the two settings, as well as offering a preview at two of the game's bad guys, Kraven the Hunter and Hammerhead. It also gives us a peek at some of Spider-Man: Shattered Dimensions' first-person punching.
Activision promises that the two remaining realities will be revealed at the official Spider-Man: Shattered Dimensions web site. There are plenty of reality opportunities for Spider-Man, including dimensions set in the rotting Marvel zombies universe, the futuristic 2099 universe, the historical 1602 universe, and beyond.
Personally, I'm hoping for Spider-Man India to get a chance to shine.
Spider-Man: Shattered Dimensions is slated for release on PlayStation 3, Wii and Xbox 360 this September with a Nintendo DS version also in the works.
Update: Looks like Spider-Man 2099 may be one of the unannounced "dimensions" in Activision's upcoming game. GameStop has (or had) images of the game's pre-order bonus "cosmic costumes," one of which is unmistakably spiky in a Spider-Man 2099 way. The other? Besides being a little bit bulkier, it's hard to tell.
Thanks to Shawn for the tip!
Spider-Man: Shattered Dimensions First Look [Gamespot]