Earlier this week Sony revealed their latest exclusive, of sorts. It’s Spider-Man within the upcoming release Marvel’s Avengers. Interestingly there’s no crossover with Insomniac Games, the developers of the incredible Marvel’s Spider-Man, so expect a totally different gameplay experience. Sony says that this will be a Spider-Man that fits in with what’s there in Marvel’s Avengers, so I’m going to say that it’ll be very different to what we’re used to from the open world equivalent.
Okay, let’s dive into the details a bit more. So Spider-Man will release as an update in 2021. He will not be part of the main game at launch, and I think that’s a good thing. I think it’s also awesome that PlayStation fans get him for free, because he’s definitely part of the PlayStation family at this point. It’s disappointing that Microsoft hasn’t established a different character, but maybe that’s all in the works behind the scenes.
I think that it’s important that we touch on what this might mean for the future of Sony though, and maybe the next-generation of consoles. We’ve already lived through a console generation in which you chose the platform you played on because of exclusive in-game content. Soul Calibur 2 is a great example. On GameCube you had Link from Zelda, on PlayStation 2 it was Heihachi from Tekken, and on Xbox it was Spawn for absolutely no reason at all.
That era felt quite toxic to live through, but it also drove me to establish a firm relationship with Sony and Nintendo as brands. I loved the content they included in their games, and I love their games today as a result. I can play Xbox games, but I just don’t have the love for them that I do with Sony and Nintendo.
It’s possible that this is the start of Sony doing more to make games more appealing on their systems, because there isn’t much else to jump on with them. If this is all they have when it comes to the PlayStation 5 though, I really think that they’re going to struggle. I don’t see the PlayStation 5 outselling the Xbox Series X if in-game exclusive content is all we have to look forward to from them.