For far too long we've watched helplessly as our favorite mainstream superheroes such as Iron Man and the X-Men have been farmed out to publishers eager to crank out a quick cash-in game with little regard for the source material. Since the rise of mobile app games, the licensed superhero shovelware market has dried up immensely on consoles which means that anyone who partners with an expensive, big name superhero franchise wants to actually do right by it. Warner Bros and Rocksteady showed us how it's done with the Batman: Arkham games and now famed Ratchet & Clank developer Insomniac Games is taking Spider-Man for a spin on the Sony PlayStation 4. I want quotes! Quotes from the developers about Spider-Man!
From our first meeting, Marvel, Spider-Man and Insomniac have felt like a match made in heaven. So much so that for the first time in Insomniac’s 22-year history, we’re working on an IP that didn’t originate in-house. We love building big games, with incredible gameplay, deep stories, and beautiful graphics. Spider-Man is one of the most iconic and well-known characters in the world, and we’re thrilled to be given the responsibility to create a brand-new, authentic Spider-Man story. Nope, this isn’t the same Spider-Man you’ve met before, nor is our game based on the upcoming movie. This is a more seasoned Peter Parker who’s more masterful at fighting big crime in New York City. At the same time, he’s struggling to balance his absurdly chaotic personal life and career. All while nine million New Yorkers depend on him for their safety… no pressure indeed.
Activision has published a number of Spider-Man games for consoles dating back to the days of the Tobey Maguire Spider-Man films, sadly resulting in diminishing returns over time. I'm hoping that Insomniac can bring their skills at what they do best for action platformers to Spider-Man and bring us something truly special. I'm not especially demanding on this one. Perhaps all those years of subpar Spidey games have lowered my expectations, but the character deserves a gaming comeback and I want this to be it.
OK, I have one demand: J.K. Simmons reprising his role from the films as J. Jonah Jameson.
Spider-Man— Matthew Green (@PressTheButtons) June 14, 2016
Insomniac's got Spider-Man
Who do we
have to thank
that it comes from team Ratchet & Clank?
It's Insomniac Spider-Man