The Amazing Spider-Man 2 expands Manhattan, improves web-slinging

The Amazing Spider-Man 2 will bring role-playing elements to the series and tweak the way Spidey web-swings through the city, when it arrives next year for PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360, Xbox One, Wii U, Nintendo 3DS and Windows PC.

In development by Beenox, the sequel is set to be released by Activision shortly before The Amazing Spiderman 2 film's May 2, 2014 release, said Marvel's Chris Baker.

"This game is a sequel to the first game " he said. "Think of it in terms of the first movie happened and that established our game world. The first game happened, which was an extension to the first film. From then forward the movies are going their way and the games are going their way.

"However, we are going to take some key moments that happen in the second film and adapt them for the game."

Even though the first game took place directly after the first movie and the second movie is a direct sequel to the first movie, what happened in the first game is not canon for the second film, Baker said.

The second game brings with it an expanded fictional Manhattan, some light RPG elements and tweaked combat and web-slinging. It will also feature a new "Hero or Menace" mechanic that either rewards or penalizes players depending on how well they keep up with crime.

"Webs are a big part of Spider-Man, so the cool things we're doing differently this time is that we have different types of webbing," he said. "We have your typical impact webbing, your regular vanilla webbing. We are also going to have cryo-webbing. It sort of adds an RPG-like element."

The way webs behave outside of combat will be improved too.

"Some people complained that the webs didn't attach to the buildings and they're going to do that now," he said.

Players will now use the right and left triggers to control the web-slinging as they zip through town. And where the first game had a scaled-down version of Manhattan to explore, this one is much more detailed, Baker said.

"We're hoping to get Spider-Man universe things in there," he said.

For instance, the short teaser video used to announce the game referenced The Kingpin's Fisk Tower.

"In the last game you found yourself in sewers and warehouses a lot," he said. "This time most of the action takes place in the open world."

The game will also have players controlling Peter Parker the journalist, though it will be more "involved" than simply running out to take photos.

"I don't know how much I can talk about that stuff," Baker said.

During the New York Comic Con panel, executive producer Stephane Gravel said players would be taking on the role of an investigative journalist occasionally.

"You'll be a reporter minimally, but it is an aspect of what Peter is doing," Baker said. "You are Spider-Man for a vast majority of the game though."

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