When there is a movie based on a comic book, there is normally a game based on the movie. That trend is continuing, but unlike other adaptations, this one is Spider-Man and we should be excited!
Activision/Beenox has announced via Facebook and at NYCC that they are developing The Amazing Spider-Man 2. Developed by the studio that made the last 3 good Spider-Man games (including Shattered Dimensions!) the game will be much like the last as it is set in an open world enviroment. This time they are adding a new feature called "Hero Or Menace" which allows you to stop crime and become a better hero. Avoiding it too long will make the meter decline.
The game is based on Spidey "hunting Uncle Ben's Killer" and will follow much of the movies storyline, but will then lead off on its own. Seems pretty similar to what the previous title did. It will also offer several moments to play as Peter Parker. The game is set to release alongside the movie. There is no official date set, but the movie is set for May 2nd of next year.
Being a Spider-Man fan, I'm obviously thrilled about the game releasing. I liked the previous title, I just wish it had more to it. It got a bit repetitive rather fast, and had some interesting perks that could have been further developed. Hopefully they keep the same concept, and up the content for it all. If they do that, it will be a fantastic game.
[Editor's Update: Activision has now sent us the full official press release for the game, which includes some new details:
Activision Publishing, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Activision Blizzard, Inc. (NASDAQ: ATVI), and Marvel Entertainment, LLC today revealed The Amazing Spider-Man 2™ video game is planned to launch next spring, alongside the Sony Pictures Entertainment feature film of the same name. Developed by Beenox, the same game studio behind 2012’s original hit The Amazing Spider-Man™, this all-new third-person action-adventure video game builds on the story of the previous game with an alternative take on the events of the upcoming movie, while also giving players an enhanced, free-roaming web-slinging experience through a greatly expanded New York City.
“The first The Amazing Spider-Man game gave players their own beautifully animated, free-roaming city of Manhattan to traverse and explore – a playground of majestic scale in which to live out our common hero fantasies,” said Thomas Wilson, Co-Studio Head of Beenox. “And the overwhelming message from fans was: ‘MORE!’ That’s what our team is working toward with The Amazing Spider-Man 2 – we’re giving gamers more abilities, more upgrades, more challenges, and more freedom to progress. And with the game launching alongside the new movie, offering an expanded interactive experience beyond the film, fans of the franchise won’t want to miss playing it.”
In The Amazing Spider-Man 2, players once again assume the role of the iconic Super Hero in a unique side-story inspired by the feature film but set in its own continuity. Throughout his journey, Spider-Man will encounter a number of new foes as well as some old friends, as he confronts a new threat to his beloved city. The narrative will give Peter Parker, Spider-Man’s nerdy photojournalist persona, a greater role in the spotlight, as he investigates the complicated motivations and unique personalities behind the menagerie of Marvel menaces threatening Manhattan.
As Spidey, players will be able to free-roam through a greatly-enhanced Manhattan cityscape, one set to offer livelier, more engaging opportunities with which to put his sensational skills to use. Central to the expansive depth and detail being poured into The Amazing Spider-Man 2 video game is the new “Hero or Menace” system, which incentivizes Super Hero behavior by rewarding the web-slinger’s crime-fighting efforts, and adds consequences for letting criminality fester. Spider-Man’s personal brand of web-swinging and up-close-and-personal combat will see a variety of new features as well.
The Amazing Spider-Man 2 video game is planned to launch alongside the feature film next spring for PlayStation®4 and PlayStation®3 computer entertainment systems, Xbox One, the all-in-one games and entertainment system and Xbox 360 games and entertainment system from Microsoft, Nintendo’s Wii U™ system and Nintendo 3DS™ hand-held system, and Windows PC. The game is currently rated “RP” (Rating Pending) by the ESRB.]
The only thing I'm rather disapointed in is the fact Beenox seems to be now stuck making movie adaptations, instead of their own versions like Shattered Dimensions. I loved their ideas and stories!