Game publisher Sony Entertainment debuted the first significant gameplay trailer for the upcoming Spider-Man at the E3 game convention in Los Angeles, California. The game is being developed by Insomniac Games and stars Peter Parker as Spider-Man as he swings his way through an open New York City fighting crime and the wrangling the likes of Kingpin’s goons and Mister Negative.
The trailer stretches on for an extensive nine minutes, showcasing Peter’s prowess as Spider-Man and the freedom of New York’s open world. In those nine minutes, a sliver of the game’s story was offered up — just enough to get an idea of which characters from the Spider-Man comics might show up and how.
First of all, it looks like Kingpin is behind bars. A large part of the gameplay demonstration had to do with Peter working his way through a construction site as he tracked down members of an organization known as the Dragons. The Dragons are bent on killing off members of the Kingpin’s criminal underbelly while the crime boss is otherwise indisposed, but not if Spider-Man has anything to say about it.
Perched atop half-finished walls and exposed girders, Spidey dispatched goon after goon using a combination of his web shooters and pieces of the environment. At one point, Peter even placed what looked like a proximity mine on the ground. When an armed Dragon passed through the mine’s laser, triggering it, he was immediately catapulted several feet and incapacitated against a wall by a thick mat of webbing.
Spider-Man eventually made his way to the top of the building, the foreboding Fisk Tower, only to the find the head of the Dragons – none other than Martin Li – looking to make his getaway. First introduced in The Amazing Spider-Man #546 and created by Dan Slott and Phil Jimenez, Li goes by the supervillain moniker Mister Negative. As Mister Negative, Li is more than just a bummer. He possesses superhuman strength and reflexes, along with a mastery over a dark, electrical energy.
Like any good Marvel trailer, though, Insomniac Game’s Spider-Man departed with one heck of a stinger. Having chased a fleeing Mister Negative across New York City, Peter has left a decent amount of damage in his wake. This causes onlookers to group up en mass, one of which happens to be a boy filming the broken and battered helicopter Li tried to escape in. Someone calls to the boy to hurry up and stop filming. That boy’s name?
Insomniac Games’ Spider-Man is currently scheduled to release in 2018 exclusively on the PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 4 Pro.