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Written Prequel to Spider-Man Swings Into Stores This August

In an interesting twist, Spider-Man PS4 will be beaten to store shelves by a prequel. But unlike its digital counterpart, the preparatory material will take the form of a book.

Published by Titan Books, Spider-Man: Hostile Takeover will set the scene by charting super baddy Kingpin’s path to villainous power. It will lead “directly into the beginning of the game,” and will feature “some of Spidey’s most famous friends and foes, including the Shocker, Echo, the Blood Spider, J. Jonah Jameson, Mary Jane Watson, and Wilson Fisk – the Kingpin.” 

It will launch on August 21st meaning we have a few weeks to read the back story before jumping into the game on September 7th. But that is not the only publication planned for the highly anticipated saga.

Four days post launch, on September 11th, Marvel has also planned the release of Spider-Man: The Art of the Game, which is just as it sounds – a tome of artwork. According to the official spiel, it is “[p]acked with 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, fans will learn about every facet of the game, from the initial designs, blueprints, and the breathtaking final concepts.”

Here at Pure PlayStation we’re quite fond of the written word. We’re even known to read IKEA instruction manuals (who are we kidding, we just blag it like everybody else and stash that “spare” screw far from sight). But a written prequel has caught our attention. Though it would be interesting to know if it’s recapped as needed throughout the game / detrimental to the gaming experience because, after all, it’s just another expense to find the pennies for.

Will you be swinging by the pages before you soar amongst the skyline? Write us chapter and verse below. 

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