Final Fantasy XVI is a fantastic example of how a well-timed demo can generate a lot of excitement in the lead-up to a game's release, but Insomniac Games has confirmed it won't be following in Square Enix's footsteps for the release of Marvel's Spider-Man 2. The developer said via its Twitter account there are "no plans for a demo".
Pre-release demos aren't really a thing for Sony studios; neither Marvel's Spider-Man nor Marvel's Spider-Man: Miles Morales got one so this news comes as little surprise. What will be a possibility is a Time Limited Trial via a PS Plus Premium subscription after launch. Sony has published demos of up to two to three hours for its first-party games via the membership service, allowing you to sample the likes of God of War Ragnarok for a short time.
Since there's no way to gain early access to the full PS5 game either, the release date of 20th October 2023 is when everyone will start playing. While the PS Store offers a Digital Deluxe Edition, its contents are tied to exclusive suits, skill points, and Photo Mode items rather than the chance to play ahead of time. There's simply no way of getting around it: we'll need to wait until 20th October 2023 to play Marvel's Spider-Man 2. Not even a PS5 demo will help pass the time.