We’ve just gotten some clarity on how big Spider-Man 2’s map will be, and rest assured: there will be plenty to explore.
The game’s creative director Bryan Intihar revealed as much in an interview with The Washington Post, saying that the sequel’s map will be twice the size of Spider-Man 1’s. He also teased what it’s like to swing around in Queens, which we previously learned would become available during last week’s 12-minute gameplay demo.
“In terms of the size of the city, it’s double the size compared to Spider-Man 1,” Intihar said. “When you play in Queens, there’s much more of a neighborhood feel, smaller buildings, which is why the web wings work so well traversing in that area, where you can swing low to the ground if you want to, or you can fly through.”
"We’ve prepared some unexpected situations we haven’t done before.
In Spider-Man 1, players were only able to traverse Manhattan. Spider-Man 2, on the other hand, will include both Queens and Brooklyn, with other boroughs expected as well. Speaking to Japanese outlet Famitsu (via Gematsu), Intihar teased how the additions of Queens and Brooklyn will break up some web-slinging monotony.
“Since these two areas are somewhat smaller and residential, I think you’ll find them different from Manhattan,” he said. “We’ve prepared some unexpected situations we haven’t done before, like a battle on the river between two of the cities, so I hope you’ll look forward to them.”
Expectations are no doubt high for Spider-Man 2, as Spider-Man 1 and Spider-Man: Miles Morales are two of the most popular PlayStation games. We still, however, don’t have a release date; last week’s PlayStation Showcase only reiterated the previously announced fall 2023 release window.
For more on Spider-Man 2, check out all the new details we learned from the gameplay demo and our sitdown with Intihar and game director Ryan Smith.
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