Players will indeed be able to switch between Peter Parker and Miles Morales in Marvel’s Spider-Man 2, and Insomniac has just clarified how that works. Both spider-heroes have been confirmed as playable characters in Marvel’s Spider-Man 2 after starring in their own separate web adventures, and fans have been wondering how Insomniac would handle switching between Peter and Miles during their final battle to protect New York City from deadly villains like Venom and Kraven the Hunter.
Those fans finally got a clue about Marvel’s Spider-Man 2’s potential character-switching mechanic during last week’s PlayStation Showcase live stream. At the end of the show, Insomniac showed off a new Spider-Man 2 trailer that showed Peter in his new Symbiote suit viciously taking down Kraven’s minions as they hunted down the Lizard. After this intense battle, Peter calls Miles to tell him of Kraven’s plans, which leads to a button prompt that switches control to young Spider-Man as he searches for the mutated Dr. Connors in Harlem.
This appears to confirm that players will be able to manually switch control between Peter and Miles in Marvel’s Spider-Man 2, and now Insomniac is shedding light on how that will work. In a recent interview with Eurogamer, Spider-Man 2 creative director Bryan Intihar explained that the game’s story will switch between Spider-Men during a few moments. However, players will also be able to switch heroes at will as they explore the open world of New York City, with certain side quests and other content being created specifically for Peter or Miles.
Intihar also noted that this character swap will tie into Spider-Man 2’s three distinct skill trees, which offer Symbiote-enhanced powers for Peter, electrical Venom Blast abilities for Miles, and a standard set of spider abilities that both casters of webs share. He says his team wanted to give players a sense of familiarity while switching between the two Spideys, allowing flexibility in updating their moves. When asked if Spider-Man 2 will feature sections with other characters, like the controversial Mary Jane segments from Marvel’s Spider-Man, Intihar declined to comment.
One of the many areas of debate among fans was whether Marvel’s Spider-Man 2 would allow players to switch control between Peter and Miles at will, to the point where some have envisioned the game using a system similar to that of Grand Theft Auto 5. Insomniac revealed how this mechanic will work, with players being locked into a Spider-Man during story missions and free to switch between the two during freeform exploration. This could add a new element of replayability to Marvel’s Spider-Man 2, as Peter and Miles will have their own side quests and secrets to uncover as they roam New York City.
Marvel’s Spider-Man 2 will be released this fall, exclusively for PlayStation 5.