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Spider-Man's New PS5 Game Stars Miles Morales (Update: It's An Expansion)

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Miles Morales is finally getting his own Spider-Man game, Sony revealed during its PS5 event today. It’s called Spider-Man Miles Morales and is headed to PS5 sometime this holiday season.

Developed by Insomniac, the game looks like it will pick up after the events of 2018’s Spider-Man with Morales taking over web-crawling and super-villain fighting duties from Peter Parker. Two years is a quick turnaround for an entirely new game, and it’s not clear yet whether Spider-Man is a full-fledged sequel or more of a standalone expansion like Uncharted’s The Lost Legacy.


Update, 6/12/20, 8:25 a.m. ET: In an interview with the Telegraph the head of European business at Sony Interactive Entertainment, Simon Rutter, confirmed that Spider-Man Miles Morales isn’t an entirely new game.

“I guess you could call it an expansion and an enhancement to the previous game,” Rutter said. “There’s a substantial Miles Morales component—which is the expansion element—but also within the game as well there’s been major enhancements to the game and the game engine, obviously deploying some of the major PlayStation 5 technology and features.”


Original story follows.

Players have been waiting for something like this to get announced ever since it was hinted at back during the original game. Morales was playable in a few stealth missions, but nothing more. Then a mid-credits stinger suggested he might take on a more prominent role in a follow-up.

Morales was first introduced into the Marvel comic book universe back in 2011 in a separate continuity in which Peter Parker dies and Morales replaces him as the series’ first black Spider-Man. That continuity was eventually merged into Marvel’s main one in an absurd and incomprehensible series of extremely comic book events, paving the way for Morales and Parker to both coexist as Spider-Man and continue on in separate series.


While inspired by the comics, the PS4 Spider-Man game had its own take on the mythology, and seemed to be setting Morales up to be mentored by Parker. Based on the limited footage Sony showed it seems like whatever happens in Spider-Man Miles Morales will see its titular character become the city’s newest superhero.

Update, 6/11/20, 6:38 p.m. ET: Your friendly neighborhood former-Kotaku staffer, Evan Narcisse, worked on this game!