The PlayStation 5 reveal event yesterday was packed with game trailers and reveals. After the GTAV trailer, Spider-Man: Miles Morales was the very next game to be shown. However, this reveal may have been a little misleading to some. While many assumed this was a full sequel to 2018’s Spider-Man, Sony has come out to clarify what gamers can expect from Spider-Man: Miles Morales.
In an interview with The Telegraph, Sony Interactive Entertainment’s EVP head of business Simon Rutter set the record straight. “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.”
While that quote does clear up some questions, it raises more and leaves existing ones unanswered. What exactly are the enhancements we can expect? We were already shown 2018’s Spider-Man running on a PS5 dev kit last year. Based on that, we can safely assume loading times will be greatly reduced, but what else? Will, the game get ray-tracing? 3-D Audio? New controller features with the Dual Sense?
Also, though the trailer ended stating we can expect to see this by the end of 2020, we don’t have a concrete release date yet. The date is probably the smallest question remaining, though. For those of us who purchased Spider-Man already, will we have to buy it again to get this content? Will it be available as DLC? What about pricing? Depending just how “substantial” this Miles content is, the price could be a major concern if everyone is forced to re-purchase it on PS5.
This would certainly not the first time Sony has released stand-alone type expansions. Uncharted saw it’s DLC expanded into The Lost legacy. InFamous: Second Son had InFamous: First Light. And even The Last of Us had Left Behind. It’s hard to make a prediction for this game, though. This is the first time a game has gotten an expansion on a new generation of hardware from the base game.
Would you purchase Spider-Man: Miles Morales for the full price? Or does it need to be a discount? Should owners of the base game be able to get it as DLC? What do you think about an expansion being released on next-gen hardware?
Insomniac has confirmed on their Twitter that Spider-Man: Miles Morales is a stand-alone game. This counters what was said by Simon Rutter, but is more in-line with how Sony studios have traditionally handled expansions as mentioned above.