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Does Marvel’s Spider-Man 2 have early access?

If you’re hoping for Marvel’s Spider-Man 2 early access so you can start web-swinging earlier, here’s what we know about the upcoming PS5 game.

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There’s nothing quite like playing a game earlier than anyone else so for those hoping to start climbing walls and fighting crime, you may be wondering if there is Marvel’s Spider-Man 2 early access. Because who doesn’t want to play the upcoming PS5 exclusive sooner?

We know that the Marvel’s Spider-Man 2 release date seems like miles away, pun intended. It doesn’t help that, as our Spider-Man 2 review expresses, Insomniac’s third venture into the Spidey universe is a massive success – landing as one of the best PS5 games to play right now. So you’re no doubt hoping to catch up with the various Spider-Man 2 PS5 characters before the full launch date, as the wait only gets harder.

Does Marvel’s Spider-Man 2 have early access?

Unfortunately, there is no early access period for Marvel’s Spider-Man 2 on PS5. The pre-order bonus and deluxe editions of the game don’t include it, so you will have to wait until Friday, October 20, 2023, to play the game.

Both the first Marvel’s Spider-Man game and its spin-off, Miles Morales, didn’t have an early access period. The only thing that you could get “early”, so to speak, was some pre-order suits. Sony has used the same approach with Spider-Man 2 PS5, so if you make your Spider-Man 2 pre-orders now, you can still get your hands on the pre-order Spider-Man 2 PS5 suits. Nevertheless, there’s no way to get in early, as much as we’d all like to given the marvellous reception the game has received so far.

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Since the game is a purely single-player title, it’s no surprise that it isn’t early access. Though early access is becoming increasingly popular across the industry, even for single-player titles, Sony does not use this approach, favoring to keep the story under tight wraps until everyone can get their hands on it.

The focus is on the story of Peter Parker and Miles Morales as they face the various Spider-Man 2 villains, especially Venom, and having people play it early could lead to more spoilers before the official release date. In fact, there’s already been several leaks for the game’s story and the game isn’t even out yet.

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Such spoilers could ruin fans’ experience after a long time waiting at best, and result in less sales at worst. As such, Sony avoid early access for their single-player exclusives like God of War, The Last of Us, and Marvel’s Spider-Man.

While we’ve no doubt many would be more than willing to either pre-order or even purchase a more expensive version of the game just to receive early access, this would likely lead to the issues mentioned above.

Unfortunately, without Spider-Man 2 early access, you’ll have to wait a bit longer to finally swing across New York. However, you can show off your favorite superhero in other ways, like by making your Spider-Man 2 DualSense pre-orders before the controller goes out of stock, or picking up your Spider-Man 2 PS5 console pre-orders if you want to customize your PS5. After all, repping one of the best games of recent years with a fancy system is a style worth chasing.