The highly-anticipated Marvel’s Spider-Man 2 for the PlayStation 5 is making waves in the gaming world, and it appears to be taking a leaf out of another Insomniac Games classic, Sunset Overdrive, when it comes to its water traversal mechanics. As fans eagerly await the game’s release, new insights from the developer have shed light on what’s in store.
During the recent State of Play livestream on September 14, a new trailer for Marvel’s Spider-Man 2 was unveiled, offering a closer look at the game’s features. Among the revelations is the news that the game will offer multiple frame rate options while still retaining the stunning ray-tracing effects that players have come to love. Additionally, it was confirmed that Gwen Stacy won’t be making an appearance in this installment, setting the stage for a different narrative direction.
One exciting aspect that caught the attention of fans was the water gliding ability showcased in the trailer. Insomniac’s Senior Community Manager, Aaron Jason Espinoza, made an interesting connection, comparing this water traversal mechanic to the one found in Sunset Overdrive. To illustrate the resemblance, he shared gameplay footage from Sunset Overdrive, highlighting how traversing water in the upcoming Spider-Man 2 mirrors the style seen in their earlier title.
The water gliding mechanic was first introduced to fans in May during the Marvel’s Spider-Man 2 gameplay reveal. In that presentation, players witnessed Spider-Man dashing between moving boats, performing incredible feats of acrobatics. While the trailer depicted Spider-Man seemingly surfing on water by holding onto a web attached to a speedboat, Espinoza clarified that this was a stylistic choice. In response to a fan’s question on Twitter, he revealed that in the actual game, water gliding in Spider-Man 2 won’t require the use of web-slinging at all.
This revelation adds an intriguing dimension to the game’s mechanics. It suggests that Spider-Man 2 is not only taking inspiration from its own successful predecessors but also drawing from the innovative gameplay elements of Sunset Overdrive, a beloved title in Insomniac Games’ portfolio.
As the release date for Marvel’s Spider-Man 2 draws nearer, fans can’t help but anticipate the incredible traversal experiences and gameplay mechanics that await them, both on the city’s skyscrapers and across its waterways. With the fusion of classic Spider-Man charm and innovative gameplay, it seems the web-slinger is poised for another spectacular adventure in the gaming world.