Activision announced the latest chapter in the Spider-man gaming franchise last week during Wonder-con. Today, they've released the first trailer to the public. Spider-Man: Edge of Time is being developed by Beenox, the same studio that worked on Shattered Dimensions.

Shattered Dimensions was, by most consumer and critical reports, one of the better Spider-man efforts to see birth on the virtual front in the last few years. Recently, the franchise has been caught in a downward tumble. Web of Shadows, the Spider-Man game from 2008, was a complete and utter mess as far as I'm concerned. In fact, I'd go as far as saying that before Shattered Dimensions, the last good Spider-Man game came out in the generation before this, Ultimate Spider-Man.

Activision and Beenox, however, assert that Edge if Time will be golden. And, given the strengths of Shattered Dimensions, the studio is certainly on to something. Here's what they said in the press release:

The first Spider-Man entry by Beenox, Spider-Man: Shattered Dimensions, was touted as one of the wall-crawler's best Spider-Man games to date from both critics and fans…Beenox is once again taking a fresh and different approach to bring a fast-paced and high-octane adventure and unexpected story to life in Spider-Man: Edge of Time.

At Beenox, we are constantly listening to the fans and looking for new and creative ways to innovate the gameplay experience for them…We want to create a totally distinct experience in Spider-Man: Edge of Time by working with Peter David on the story and creating this urgent, high-stakes experience where time is working against you and the fate of Spider-Man hangs in the balance.

As more information for Spider-Man: Edge of Time trickles out, we'll be sure to toss it up.

How about our TechnoBuffalo readers… where do you stand on the Spidey game franchise?