Activision used the NY Comic-Con to unveil The Amazing Spider-Man 2, which is planned to launch next spring alongside the Sony film of the same name. The Amazing Spider-Man 2 is one of the first “new” games to be announced that will appear day-and-date at retail for the Xbox One and PlayStation 4 in addition to the other current-gen consoles (Wii U, Xbox 360 and PS3. It will also have a Nintendo DS and Windows PC version.
Developed by Beenox, the same studio that created the original The Amazing Spider-Man, this sequel is a third-person action-adventure game and will build on the story of the previous game. It won’t just follow the feature film’s plotline, though, as Activision said The Amazing Spider-Man 2 video game will have “an alternative take on the events of the upcoming movie, while also giving players an enhanced, free-roaming web-slinging experience through a greatly expanded New York City.”
In The Amazing Spider-Man 2, players once again assume the role of the iconic Marvel superhero in a unique side-story inspired by the feature film but set in its own continuity. Throughout his journey, Spider-Man will encounter a number of new foes as well as some old friends, as he confronts a new threat to his beloved city.
The narrative will give Peter Parker, Spider-Man’s nerdy photojournalist persona, a greater role in the spotlight, as he investigates the complicated motivations and unique personalities behind the menagerie of Marvel menaces threatening Manhattan.
As Spidey, players will be able to free-roam through a greatly-enhanced Manhattan cityscape, one set to offer livelier, more engaging opportunities with which to put his sensational skills to use. Central to the expansive depth and detail being poured into The Amazing Spider-Man 2 video game is the new “Hero or Menace” system, which incentivizes Super Hero behavior by rewarding the web-slinger’s crime-fighting efforts, and adds consequences for letting criminality fester. Spider-Man’s personal brand of web-swinging and up-close-and-personal combat will see a variety of new features as well.
“The first The Amazing Spider-Man game gave players their own beautifully animated, free-roaming city of Manhattan to traverse and explore – a playground of majestic scale in which to live out our common hero fantasies,” said Thomas Wilson, Co-Studio Head of Beenox. “With The Amazing Spider-Man 2, we’re giving gamers more abilities, more upgrades, more challenges and more freedom to progress.”