Having each had their own solo outing, Peter Parker and Miles Morales share the spotlight in the recently released Spider-Man 2, with players swapping between the two Spider-Men as they team up to save New York from villains including Venom, Lizard and Kraven the Hunter.
And with Spider-Man 2 being the fastest selling PlayStation Studios game in history, having shifted 2.5 million copies in its first 24 hours, according to Sony, a follow-up seems inevitable.
Asked about the game’s ending and who will be the “main” Spider-Man from now on, Arfmann and Morris confirmed Miles will take centre stage as Peter takes a backseat, for the time being at least.
“To me, it shows a great deal of evolution from Miles; at the beginning of the game, we see him struggling to figure out what he wants to do with his life,” Morris said. “By the end, we had Miles carrying the burden of saving the city, and also carrying Pete when Pete wasn’t strong enough to carry himself at various points.
“That’s what’s been so cool about writing a story about two Spider-Men: they’re both strong, and one of them can be strong when the other is not. By the end, Miles is more confident and he’s like, ‘Yeah, I got this. How much worse can things get after what we just went through?’”
“I think pretty early on, we knew that we wanted to have that moment of handing the reins over,” Arfmann said. “And as we developed it, as we started to lay down more track leading up to that moment, it just felt more and more right.
“I think it was Jon who wrote that scene in Aunt May’s garage, and it’s one of my favorite scenes. The way that Miles intuits exactly what Pete is thinking and stops him from stumbling through trying to hand over the mask.
Miles going, ‘You know I got this, bro,’ it’s such a great moment between the two of them. And it felt like such a natural conclusion; I’m not sure when specifically we decided to do that, but it always felt like the only way the game could end.”