This fall, Insomniac’s Spider-Man Playstation 4 game will give fans a new take on an adult Peter Parker and his Friendly Neighborhood alter ego. The game isn’t directly based on any previous incarnations of the character and it makes a few changes to the established lore. For example, the Mary Jane Watson of this world works as a reporter and she has a different dynamic with Peter. But it’s the Kingpin, Wilson Fisk, who will step up into the spotlight for the game’s official tie-in novel.
Via Polygon, Titan Books will publish Spider-Man: Hostile Takeover, which will be written by author David Liss. The book will be a prequel to Insomniac’s game, and it will explore Fisk’s plan to take over New York City. Naturally, Peter and Mary Jane will also have a large part in the novel as well, in addition to “other key players in the game.” Considering Mr. Negative’s constant presence in the trailers, he seems like a sure bet for the book. Miles Morales is also a contender to appear, since he will be a friend and contemporary of Peter’s in the game.
This won’t be Titan’s only tie-in book for the Spider-Man game. Paul Davies is writing Spider-Man: The Art of the Game, an art book that will feature “never-before- seen images of Spider-Man, his costume and equipment, the Marvel version of his hometown New York, and the deadly villains he battles.” It will also including artwork and designs from every part of the game’s development, from the beginning to the end.
Spider-Man: Hostile Takeover will be released on August 21, with the Spider-Man PS4 game to follow on September 7. Spider-Man: The Art of the Game will come out on September 11.