PlayStation hit could have been an Xbox exclusive

Spider-Man could have been an Xbox exclusive instead of being a tentpole game for the PS4 and the PS5, the head of Marvel Games has revealed.

Video Games Chronicle has published an article citing The Ultimate History of Video Games Volume 2, which was a book written by Steven L Kent. It has been spotted on ResetEra.

And in the book, executive vice president and head of Marvel Games, Jay Ong, has explained that Marvel Games attempted to find a better partnership after previously linking with Activision.

Marvel wasn’t happy with the quality of Spider-Man games coming out so both parties mutually agreed to part ways.

Ong then revealed that Marvel went to both Xbox and PlayStation in search of an exclusive partnership.

He said: “We don’t have any big console deals with anyone right now, what would you like to do?”

Microsoft, according to Ong, wanted to focus on IPs that were already under its banner and made the choice to reject the chance to strike a deal.

Sony were receptive, though, and Ong told them that he and Marvel believed that they could make a Spider-Man game that could “beat Arkham”, referencing the Batman: Arkham Asylum series of games.

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Sony then offered a Triple-A PlayStation exclusive Spider-Man game and trusted Insomniac with the project.

Spider-Man has gone on to sell in excess 20 million copies worldwide and the spin-off, Miles Morales, has sold over 6.5 million, with both figures via VGC. The games have become key selling points of both the PS4 console and the next-gen PS5 system.

Both games were also received exceptionally well by critics. Spider-Man received a Metacritic score of 87 on PS4, while Miles Morales received a score of 85.

Spider-Man 2 is set to release in 2023 and the game’s trailer has hinted at the involvement of Venom in the sequel.


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