Spider-Man was nearly an Xbox unique, as Marvel Video games was trying to strike a brand new licensing deal within the 2010s in keeping with govt vp and head of Marvel Video games, Jay Ong.
In an excerpt from Steven L. Kent’s 2021 e-book The Final Historical past of Video Video games Vol 2 (through ResetEra and VGC), Ong detailed how Activision’s Superb Spider-Man film tie-in video games had left Marvel Video games sad relating to their general high quality, and each firms mutually agreed to finish the Marvel licensing deal in 2014.
After Activision inquired as to what Marvel would do when the online game IP rights have been returned, he replied that it might be discovering a “higher dwelling” for them, to which Activision replied, “good luck discovering your unicorn” in keeping with Ong.
Marvel Video games then went to Microsoft to see if a deal in forming an unique partnership might be organized, however Microsoft handed on the supply because it was extra involved with focusing by itself IPs. Sony was extra considering buying the Spider-Man IP online game rights, and its pitch to develop a AAA expertise with one in every of its “necessary companions” was accepted by Marvel Video games.
Insomniac Video games was revealed to be that essential companion, and some years later, Marvel’s Spider-Man was launched to rave critiques and blockbuster gross sales. The sport has presently bought greater than 20 million copies since 2018, whereas its spin-off Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales bought an additional 6.5 million models because it launched in late 2020.
Marvel’s Spider-Man 2 was introduced on the PlayStation Showcase presentation in September 2021, and Insomniac can be engaged on a Wolverine recreation that’s stated to be darker and extra mature in tone.
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