Marvel has finally announced a launch window for Sony and Insomniac Games’ PS4-exclusive Spider-Man game.
The game, which was announced during an E3 presentation last year and doesn’t have an official title, was brought up in a livestream captured by a Reddit user. It can be seen below. During the stream, Ryan Penagos, vice president and executive editor of Marvel Digital Media, confirmed that Spider-Man would be coming to PS4 later this year, along with a couple of other Marvel games.
“There’s even more on the horizon for 2017,” Penagos says. “Like Spider-Man coming to PlayStation 4 and Marvel vs Capcom: Infinite, coming to Xbox One, PS4 and Windows PC.”
Penagos didn’t specify when the game could be expected, but it probably won’t be tied into the release of Marvel’s upcoming Spider-Man movie, Spider-Man: Homecoming. When Activision was handling the Spider-Man IP, the studio tended to release games as tie-ins to larger, annual events occurring in Marvel’s comic book universe and, of course, the Spider-Man films.
In an interview with Polygon last year, Marvel’s vice president of games Jay Ong said that tie-ins don’t work anymore when studios are trying to create well-developed games. Trying to rush development to coincide with the release of a movie was detrimental to the success and overall quality of the game.
“Things like [games] you cannot under-resource," Ong said. "You can't not give the development time ... to do justice to the game. We think, 'How do we make the game better? How do we help our partners make the game better?'“
More information about the game should be released in the coming months. With E3 just a few months away, expect to hear more about it around the convention, which runs from June 13-15.
Update: Insomniac Games this morning said there is no estimated timeframe for the game’s release, despite Marvel stating otherwise.