Sony is leaning on one of its best studios, Insomniac, to deliver another astounding experience. With the PS5 will come Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales, the sequel to the 2018 game that reimagined not just the web slinging hero, but what it means to be a superhero game. The new title will look to take that a step further.
“The team is extremely proud of the accomplishment [of the first game],” Brian Horton, who worked on Marvel’s Spider-Man and is the creative director for the Miles Morales sequel told ESPN. “We left nothing on the mat for that one, there was a lot of effort put into that game. But what’s great about Insomniac is that we look at our successes and continue to build on them.”
After being acquired by Sony for a reported $229 million in August 2019, Insomniac is at the center of PlayStation’s gaming future. Sony is once again betting that, as with the PS4, their first-party creatives, now known collectively as PlayStation Studios, can make them the favorable console for gamers.
Alongside studios like Naughty Dog (the Uncharted series and the Last of Us series), Sony Interactive Entertainment Santa Monica (God of War) and Guerilla Games (Horizon), Insomniac is tasked to knock two PlayStation 5 early lifespan titles out of the park.
With Miles Morales, they’ve done that — presenting a unique and engaging tale of family and the coming-of-age, both in-and-out of suit, of a Black teen in Harlem. They’ve been asked to do the same with Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart, a new spin on a legacy franchise in the PlayStation portfolio set to land in 2021. It’s a lot of pressure for the Southern Californian games studio, but if both Spider-Man games and previous Ratchet & Clank titles are any indication, they’re up for it.
“It’s an honor. When we were acquired by Sony, we had this amazing opportunity to not only just work closely with Sony, but to be a part of the family,” Horton said. “To be trusted with the launch title for the PlayStation 5 is an honor and it’s a challenge we gave to ourselves to maximize everything we’ve been given in these new features.
“We’re standing on the shoulder of giants working on a game after ‘Spider-Man.’ It’s such an important game for Insomniac and also for the fans of Spider-Man. We’re excited about the opportunity to bring Miles Morales to games for the first time.” Tv5espn.com