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Insomniac has said Spider-Man: Miles Morales’ overall scope will be akin to Uncharted: The Lost Legacy, the 7-16 hour adventure spin-off released in 2017.
However, an interview later caused confusion around the game’s scope, when PlayStation’s European business EVP told the Telegraph that Morales was “an expansion and an enhancement to the previous game.”
Clarifying the size of the title on Thursday, the game’s creative director Brian Horton – who previously directed Rise of the Tomb Raider – said it would contain “a new story, with new set-pieces, fresh villains, and unique quests” across Marvel’s New York City.
“We know a lot of you want to know how big this game is,” he wrote on the PlayStation Blog. “Our team at Insomniac has been working incredibly hard to bring you a fantastic Miles Morales adventure since we concluded development on Marvel’s Spider-Man.”
He added: “You’ll experience a full story arc with Miles, one that’s more akin to a game like Uncharted: The Lost Legacy in terms of overall scope.
“Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales is an important, heartfelt, emotional and essential experience to expanding the Marvel’s Spider-Man universe. And we hope it will be for you as well.”
According to game length aggregation site How Long to Beat, Lost Legacy’s main story takes an average of seven hours to complete, or 16 hours for “completionists”.
Miles Morales will take place in wintertime, its director wrote on Thursday, about a year after the events of the first game.
“Marvel’s New York is covered in snow, and just before Christmas break, a war between an energy corporation and a high-tech criminal army has broken out. Miles’s new home in Harlem is at the heart of the battle.”
According to Horton, Miles Morales will demonstrate the increased power of PS5 with “near-instant” loading, ray-tracing, 3D audio and use of the DualSense controller’s unique features.
“We’ve upgraded our characters with 4D scans and improved skin shading for more realistic looking characters and spline-based hair that moves far more naturally,” he added.
“Many of the city’s assets have also been updated to take advantage of the new console. As you experience Miles’s story, you’ll see, hear, and feel things in a whole new way, all thanks to PS5.”
The huge success of the title contributed to Sony Interactive Entertainment acquiring California-based Insomniac Games, the developer also known for Resistance and Ratchet and Clank.
Significantly, Sony has been using Spider-Man to demonstrate PlayStation 5’s new SSD tech.