Everyone has been wondering exactly when Insomniac's new Spider-Man will be making its way to home consoles. Well now we have a time frame on when we can expect to see the new Spider-Man game for the PS4.
According to a stream featuring Marvel vice president, Ryan Penagos, which was picked up by a user on Reddit, we could see Insomniac's new Spider-Man game at some point this year for the PlayStation 4. Penagos hinted at a 2017 release by saying it would be out this year, along with Marvel vs Capcom: Infinite, another highly anticipated crossover game due out in the fourth quarter for home consoles and PC.
Shortly after this news broke, Insomniac was quick to respond to a lot of the chatter via social media, responding to a user on Twitter that they don't have an exact time-frame on the release date for the game... yet.
Insomniac's Spider-Man was first announced during Sony's 2016 E3 press conference last year. The game has supposedly been in development since around 2014, and they're aiming to revive the open-world freedom and playability that some of the older Spider-Man games have been known for.
One of the things that they've mentioned about the title is that it will encourage emergent gameplay through improvisation and creative problem solving. This will be handled through the game's use of advanced web-slinging and wall-crawling abilities, combined with Spidey's traditional acrobatics and "elements never-before-seen" in a Spider-Man game.
One of the other key selling points for the game is that this isn't based on the comic book or movie universe established by Marvel. According to the description of the game on the official website, this iteration of Spider-Man will be at an advanced stage in his crime fighting career, giving gamers a more seasoned hero with a lot of gadgets, abilities and fighting prowess under his belt.
This could also translate into some rather seriously in-depth gameplay possibilities depending on how it's handled.
Insomniac are known for their open-world games; from Ratchet & Clank to Sunset Overdrive, these kind of game seems to be right up their alley. Details about the actual gameplay, however, have been rather thin and until Penagos made mention about the game coming to the PS4 in 2017, we hadn't heard much about the title since the last E3.
Given how quiet Insomniac and Sony have been regarding the title, I would suspect that they have some big plans in terms of showcasing the game at this year's E3. Sony doesn't seem to have too much on their plate right now in terms of highly anticipated titles due out this year, especially with The Last of Us 2 still heavy in development and rumored for a 2018 release. A high-end AAA Spider-Man game could be just what the friendly neighborhood Spider-Man ordered.