Update: Spider-Man: Miles Morales Is a "Standalone Game," Says Insomniac

Update: Spider-Man: Miles Morales Is a "Standalone Game," Says Insomniac

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Update: Insomniac Games has now clarified on Twitter that Spider-Man: Miles Morales is a "standalone game" for PS5. That's led onlookers to expect things like Uncharted: Lost Legacy or Infamous: Second Son as being good comparisons for Miles Morales.


Original Story: Spider-Man: Miles Morales was one of the many games revealed at the PS5 Future of Gaming event, but now we know it's not exactly the sequel some expected.

In an interview published following the digital showcase, Sony Interactive's Executive Vice President of European Business, Simon Rutter, told The Telegraph "I guess you could call it an expansion and an enhancement to the previous game.

"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.”

It sounds like it will include the full Spider-Man game from PS4, and likely its three-chapter DLC campaign as well, all in addition to the new content allowing players to take control of a webslinging Miles Morales for the first time. 

The news makes more sense of Ratchet and Clank: Rift Apart, which was also revealed by Insomniac last night and looks like a fully-fledged sequel commanding much of the team's time and energy. Big teams like Insomniac are often working on multiple projects at once, but it's rare that two major sequels from the same studio launch within the same window.

Now we know that's not exactly the case for the growing cast of Spider-Men. Fans will need to continue waiting for the true Spider-Man 2, but even as there aren't any reports of how that project is going, we have no doubt it's going to happen. Spider-Man was not just one of 2018's best-reviewed games, with an OpenCritic average of a "Mighty" 88, it has also since become the best-selling PlayStation exclusive of all-time.

Look for improved load times, prettier visuals, and some more suits to unlock when Spider-Man: Miles Morales arrives this Holiday alongside the PS5 launch.

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