MARVEL'S AVENGERS: Crystal Dynamics Head Explains Why Spider-Man Won't Come to Xbox Machines and PC
There's no denying that the recent announcement of Spider-Man's PlayStation–exclusivity in Square Enix's Marvel’s Avengers has sparked a lot of discussion among players about the studio's controversial decision.
According to Crystal Dynamics Co-Head Scot Amos, the fact that Sony owns the movie rights to Spider-Man means that fans of Microsoft's consoles and PC can forget about playing as Peter Parker in the game. Amos elaborated on why the Web-Slinger is a PS4 and PS5–exclusive hero in a new interview with ComicBook.com:
"Because of Sony's unique relationship with Marvel and PlayStation, specifically, that gives us an affordance with Spider-Man that we wouldn't have otherwise. So that's something unique because of that relationship, but looking at the future you know we have cross-gen, PS4 to PS5 will work and Xbox to Xbox Series X will work so cross-gen works. Looking at cross-play as a broader ecosystem is something we want to explore absolutely for the future. At the moment we have no promises, we have no announcements, but it's saying 'hey, this is a connected world we want everybody to play together where they can.' So when we get to it, and assuming we get to that future, certainly we'll talk about [cross-play] then, but for the moment it is two separate issues of saying one does not actually influence the other. We wanted this to be something specific because of the unique relationship and the great partnership between Sony and our collaboration with Marvel that's awesome and then looking at future consoles and other announcements, we'll make them when it's time."
"So the beauty of Spider-Man, and what Spider-Man represents as a character, and as a world is... Again, it comes back to the relationship with PlayStation and Marvel. We happened to be... once you can execute and deliver, when it comes down to choices of where and what Spider-Man can be, that's a relationship question that PlayStation absolutely has the rights to, that as you guys know, with Sony's ownership there, and Marvel with Sony saying, 'Hey, this is something we can do. This is something we can do on this platform.' And so, what we do as creators is say, 'This is an opportunity that we can make something unique, and fun, and awesome that we all...you just talked about Black Widow, and to be able to have that experience. So we love the idea of being able to bring this character to the PlayStation players. As far as everybody goes, we just announced Hawkeye less than a week ago. We have two characters announced within a matter of five days, the future is bright. People will get fixated on one thing as opposed to, 'Oh by the way, you're going to have hundreds of hours of content and years of storylines coming ahead of us, and new worlds and regions, and new heroes," and more stuff we haven't even announced yet."
It's worth remembering that Square Enix and Crystal Dynamics' original take on Spider-Man has nothing to do with Insomniac Games' fan-favourite version of the very same hero, as both characters live in their own universes, are voiced by two different actors, and have their unique abilities, finishers, and special moves.
When it comes to the recently revealed Spider-Man–themed content, Sony has also confirmed that the PS4 version will feature exclusive community challenges and cosmetics, pouring salt on many players' wounds.
Thankfully, said cosmetics — which have their own Diablo-like rarities, including Rare and Epic — don’t provide any additional advantage to gameplay. When it comes to these items, PlayStation fans will have "30-day exclusive access to a Legendary Outfit, Legendary Emote, Epic Takedown, and nameplate for each [hero] as they are released – this is also for the six launch heroes. In addition, we also have rewards for those with a PlayStation Plus subscription. For each [hero] added to the game post-launch, Hawkeye included, all PS Plus members will receive a free bundle that contains a Rare Outfit, nameplate, and 100 Credits to celebrate the addition of another [hero] to the roster. At launch, we’ll have a free bundle for Ms. Marvel available for PS Plus members to embiggen our love for Kamala!"
Marvel’s Avengers begins at A-Day, where Captain America, Iron Man, the Hulk, Black Widow, and Thor are unveiling a hi-tech Avengers Headquarters in San Francisco — including the reveal of their own helicarrier powered by an experimental energy source. The celebration turns deadly when a catastrophic accident results in massive devastation. Blamed for the tragedy, the Avengers disband. Five years later, with all Super Heroes outlawed and the world in peril, the only hope is to reassemble Earth’s Mightiest Heroes.
Marvel's Avengers will release for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC, and Google Stadia on September 4, 2020; coming to PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X this holiday season.