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Spider-Man 2 Will Let You Swap Between Miles & Peter Seamlessly In-Game

The latest preview for "Marvel's Spider-Man 2" offered a ton of small details and surprises for patient fans. Not only will Peter Parker be donning his infamous black costume in the sequel, but both he and Miles will be playable at various parts of the story. The new gameplay trailer shows both Spider-Men — Miles Morales and Peter Parker — racing after the Lizard and Kraven the Hunter's band of mercenaries, which immediately gave rise to the belief that players would be able to swap between Miles and Peter on the fly. That mechanic has now been confirmed by Insomniac Games, but there are a few specifics regarding when and where these character trade-offs can occur.

Eurogamer recently sat down with creative director Bryan Intihar to talk about this new mechanic. He revealed that story missions will organically switch between the characters in a predetermined path, since those have an effect on the overall plot and character progression. Intihar explained, "When you're playing the main story, we control when you switch between Pete and Miles... it's done in service to the story when we're making those switches, for sure." 

However, when players are between story missions, the open world allows for the two heroes to go solo. 

Switch between Peter and Miles with ease

According to Bryan Intihar, "We have content designed around Peter, we have content designed around Miles and we have content where you can play either. You'll be able to – in the open world – freely switch between them with a simple button press." 

Upon switching, players will be able to fulfill side missions based around the individual characters, as well as smaller quests that can suit either play-style. And of course, players who are just here for the vibes can simply enjoy swinging around the city, finding collectibles, and stopping randomly generated crimes as their Spider-Man of choice. This is similar to how the story mode in "Grand Theft Auto 5" allows players to toggle between one of the game's three protagonists, but the switch will apparently load much faster in this PS5-exclusive game.

It remains to be seen if Peter and Miles are the only characters that can be selected in these open world segments (fans have been calling for a playable Venom, after all), but Intihar explained that he was very pleased with the mechanic overall. "Just being able to pick and choose who I want to play as for a certain activity... it's been so awesome to have that feature," he told Eurogamer.

"Marvel's Spider-Man 2" may not allow for the co-op gameplay that many fans have been hoping for, but it will still allow for plenty of play with both Spider-Men.

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