Despite Confusion, PS5's Spider-Man: Miles Morales Is A Standalone Game

One of the highlights of the PS5 reveal event was for a supposed Spider-Man sequel, but that may not be the most accurate description.

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Update: The exact nature and scope of PS5's Spider-Man: Miles Morales remains unclear, but one thing has been straightened out--it is a standalone game, as confirmed by Insomniac's James Stevenson. This is despite the suggestion from a Sony exec that it would be an "expansion" of sorts to the existing Marvel's Spider-Man game. You can read those original comments below.

Sony introduced its new PS5 titles during its latest event with what looked like a sequel to Insomniac's Spider-Man, which launched in 2018. But in statements made after the stream, Sony has clarified that it's in fact an expansion to the original title.

Spider-Man: Miles Morales will reportedly be a substantial expansion to the original game, which is being enhanced for the PS5 with the new console's hardware in mind. In an interview with The Telegram (and reposted by Twitter user Nibel), Sony's EVP head of European Business, Simon Rutter likened it to an expansion that uses an upgraded version of the original.

"There's a substantial Miles Morales component – which is the expansion element – but also within the game as well there's been major enhancements to the game and the game engine, obviously deploying some of the major PlayStation 5 technology and features," Rutter explained.

There's still a bit of confusion as to whether Rutter's statements indicate that Spider-Man: Miles Morales is a standalone expansion (akin to Infamous: First Light or Uncharted: The Lost Legacy) or whether it's simply additional content that will ship with a remaster of the nearly two-year-old Spider-Man for PS5. We have reached out to Sony for clarification and will update this story accordingly.

Spider-Man: Miles Morales kicked off a strong showing for the PS5, which includes out first look at not one, but two consoles, a sequel to Horizon Zero Dawn, titled Horizon Forbidden West, and an impressive demo of Insomniac's other PS5 title, Ratchet and Clank: Rift Apart. You can watch the full presentation again here, and catch up on every game shown off during its hour and a bit runtime.

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