Insomniac Says There Are No Plans For A Spider-Man 2 Demo

October can't come sooner.

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  • Marvel’s Spider-Man 2 is one of the most anticipated games of the year, now with a release date of October 20, 2023 for the PlayStation 5 exclusively. It’s the sequel to the 2018-released Marvel’s Spider-Man, which was launched for the PlayStation 4 and later ported to PC as well in 2020. 
  • As we near the release date of Insomniac’s front-running action-adventure title, it’s come to notice that the developer does not plan to release a playable demo for the game, similar to their approach with the first Spider-Man title. 
  • Insomniac has taken a different route from what some of the other players in the industry have plotted for marketing purposes. Lies of P, Final Fantasy XVI, and Street Fighter 6 are among some of the titles that were treated to a demo in recent times. 

Marvel’s Spider-Man 2 is bringing back the web-slinging action of Peter Parker and Miles Morales this fall when it finally releases in October. Up until then, however, you’ll only be drooling at the gameplay reveal trailer of the much-anticipated title from the PlayStation Showcase, since Insomniac Games—the developer—has clearly stated that there are no plans to release a playable demo. To be honest, this is a surprise to no one.

Insomniac doesn’t really like to tread along the demo route. It did not release anything of the sort for the first Marvel’s Spider-Man which launched on the PlayStation 4, nor was there a demo for Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart back when it was pushed out. For a game of Spider-Man 2’s stature, though, there’s probably no need for one anyway. Among other incentives, releasing a demo plays a role in upscaling an upcoming game’s marketing. 

Insomniac knows that it practically has no need for that. Moreover, from the looks of Spider-Man 2’s appearance at the end of the PlayStation Showcase late last month, the gameplay hasn’t seen that much of a drastic change to warrant a demo. Its fundamentals seem to have remained the same, apart from a handful of novel changes observed during the trailer. These include the new gliding ability and Peter’s venomous symbiote suit

It’s a happy sight for fans that Venom, arguably one of Spider-Man’s most infamous villains, is getting his time in the spotlight this time around, along with Kraven the Hunter, who has seemingly marked his return from The Amazing Spider-Man 2 to put up one hell of a fight for the duo of web crawlers. Kraven from the comics is an expert hunter, best-in-class in fact, but is no superhuman. 

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In other news, there has been a fairly interesting scoop of information to have popped up in recent times. The PlayStation Store listing of Marvel’s Spider-Man 2 has hinted at a “symbiote threat” other than Venom, leading fans to speculate about the existence of Carnage in the title. However, do take this with a grain of salt, since those terms could simply be highlighting the internal battle of Peter with the symbiote he’s got latched onto him. 

It’s safe to assume that Spider-Man 2 is bound to be the most rip-roaring release of the year, and it’s sure to break past records and set new trends as soon as it comes out. Up until now, the recently revealed gameplay trailers along with the cinematic trailer of Kraven the Hunter have amassed more than 20 million views on YouTube, not to mention the traction on mirror videos on other platforms. 

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Oh, and in case you missed it, it’s been confirmed that Spider-Man 2 will feature not one but three different skill trees with two of them slated for Peter and Miles separately, and one being shared between the two characters. As seen in the trailer above, we’ll be switching between the two Spider-Men on the fly in the game, and there will be instances when the two heroes will fight side by side with each other. 

How badly are you waiting for this one to come sooner? Let us know in the comments ahead. 

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John Rooney is a News Writer on eXputer who’s been keeping up with the gaming and technology industries since he was 14. If there’s a buzz in the industry, John’s news report will be among the first you’ll read on the internet. He’s got a Bachelor's in Journalism and has several years worth of experience reporting on the gaming industry. Experience: 6+ Years || Education: Bachelor's in Journalism || Published 200+ News Stories ||

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