Gameloft provides a ticket to the far-flung future!
Ready to dip, dodge, run, and swing across the roofs of 2099 Nueva York? Gameloft Product Marketing Manager Vitaliy Gladiyenko dropped by to help guide players past the Alchemax goons and give us the skinny on all the awesome stuff they have coming down the pipeline in “Spider-Man Unlimited.”
Marvel.com: You guys just hit players with a tarantula-sized update chock full of futuristic fun. Can we get a quick tl;dr of what to expect?
Vitaliy Gladiyenko: In this 2099 themed update players will be given a whole new story to play. In terms of mechanics it’s something like story mode with time-limited events: a new segment on the mission map with its own bosses and progression rewards, including a new Spidey character as a grand reward. This mode consists of two parts, each one is almost a month long–yes, it’s time-limited—and has different events and characters involved. This all of course includes descriptions and dialogues, which reveal our own story about [Spider-Man 2099, aka Miguel O’Hara] being imprisoned by someone still unknown.
Marvel.com: I’ve always been a big fan of Miguel and Spidey 2099! Who hasn’t wanted to head to Nueva York and go head-to-head with Alchemax?
Vitaliy Gladiyenko: Well, there’s actually at least one guy around, who’d rather stay in New York [than] travel through time: Jonah Jameson. I bet he would [rather] send someone from his Spidey list rather than doing something by himself. However we have him—his Spider-Island monster version—as a playable character.
Marvel.com: We’ve seen the Spider-Man 2099 universe a couple of times in other games, namely “Spider-Man: Shattered Dimensions” and “Spider-Man: Edge of Time.” Did the way those games showed off Miguel’s home time period inform the design in “Unlimited”?
Vitaliy Gladiyenko: Yes, “Shattered Dimensions” definitely inspired our 2099 world even though we [are] a mobile runner. The overall feel is the same—dark blue and black colors, neon lights, flying cars, Alchemax buildings; everything you can expect from the future.
Marvel.com: And now that Miguel O’Hara’s back he’s looking better than ever! Why do players want the time-displaced Spidey on their team?
Vitaliy Gladiyenko: Miguel [has been] in “Spider-Man Unlimited” for some time already, but now we have added him as a top rarity character with really strong abilities. But that’s not all! Besides Spider-Man 2099 there are few other iconic characters who call 2099 home: Flipside, an android, awakened from stasis and now mimicking Miguel’s abilities; Venom—Kron Stone—Miguel’s half-brother, a bully even at the best of times; and of course we’ve got an all-new outfit for Miguel O’Hara at the highest rarity.
Marvel.com: The game isn’t just getting some cosmetic upgrades right? You’re rolling out the red carpet for a few 2099 villains. Who’s darkening the Spider’s doorstep this time?
Vitaliy Gladiyenko: The mastermind behind this 2099 debacle was a pretty obvious choice; Green Goblin is Spidey’s most famous and dogged nemesis in our time so it’d make sense someone else with the Goblin moniker would hold that title at the turn of the century. But adding just the Goblin would be too easy for our Spider-Men and Spider-Women, so we thought it’s about time the Inheritors made another appearance. This time they’re in cahoots with the Goblin, which spells disaster no matter how you look at it.
Marvel.com: And aside from the 2099 fun there’s also a new Superior Spider-Man event coming up. Doc Ock up to his old tricks again?
Vitaliy Gladiyenko: Exactly. The Superior Spider-Man story arc is really really awesome and we all enjoyed it for sure. And because it was never represented in our game before, it was decided to make things happen and implement a series of events in the game. “Spider-Man Unlimited” will allow you to play the story, not just read. Almost all key characters and events from the original comic books are here. Even Pete’s—or should I say Otto’s?—new love: Anna Maria Marconi!
Marvel.com: Anything else we need to know about the what’s coming in “Spider-Man: Unlimited”?
Vitaliy Gladiyenko: Oh, this is my favorite: there’s a lot you should know! Almost every single symbiote [from] the Spider-Man comic books are about to join the fray: Venom, Carnage, Spider-Carnage, Toxin, Anti-Venom, Scream, and a whole bunch of others, including even an exclusive MJ-Venom from a rare variant cover of AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #678! We also have a huge list of characters to add after symbiotes and we’re still wondering who’s going to be first. Maybe it’s time for the dark side of the Spider-Verse to reveal its “heroes”?
And also a few words about the features we plan to release this and early next year: symbiote homeworld as a new level environment, card collections, and a new game mode: run as a villain and try to get away from a Spider-Man chasing you! It’s going to be really fun.