Marvel’s Avengers development studio Crystal Dynamics has addressed the backlash over Sony’s Spider-Man exclusivity.
Earlier this week, it was announced that Spider-Man will be joining the game in 2021 but will be exclusive only to PS4 and PS5 consoles. In addition to that, it was revealed the PlayStation users will also receive exclusive downloadable content and missions.
The news sparked a backlash over the internet and now, in an interview with Newsweek, Crystal Dynamics boss Scot Amos has explained why Spider-Man is exclusive to PlayStation consoles. He said:
“We happen to be one who can execute and deliver when it comes down to choices of where and what Spider-Man can be, that’s a relationship question that you know PlayStation absolutely has the rights to, that you guys know with Sony’s [movie rights] ownership there and Marvel and Sony saying, ‘Hey, this is something we can do, this is something we can do on this platform,’ and as creators we have this opportunity that we can make something unique and fun and awesome.”
Amos’ comment on movie rights references Marvel and Sony Pictures’ tug of war over the Spider-Man film licencing but recently the two studios have been working together to include Spider-Man into the MCU.
A Big Selection Of Heroes
In a different interview with IGN, Amos explained that Spider-Man’s absence from other platforms won’t affect the story and shouldn’t deter players from enjoying the game on other platforms, particularly because the title includes a lot of other heroes.
He said: “Marvel’s Avengers has a lot of heroes, and with the scope and the breadth of this game and this universe, players are going to have their hands full with a lot to play with. And as we have just announced Hawkeye, there are more heroes to come.
“So this is an opportunity to celebrate (Spider-Man’s addition) uniquely for those players (on PlayStation) because of that relationship, but I think there’s so much of a world for people to explore, I wouldn’t look at that as a reason not to embrace it (the opportunity to add Spider-Man on PS4 and PS5). I would say, look at all this stuff you get to play with.”
In another separate interview with Den Of Geek, Amos confirmed that Spider-Man will remain as an exclusive to PlayStation and is not a timed exclusive or anything. He said: “It’s what we’ve announced so far is that it is exclusive to PlayStation. So it has no other limits on it at the moment. It’s just exclusive to PlayStation players.”
It’s also been confirmed by Crystal Dynamics that the Spider-Man featured in the game is their own take on the character and is not the Spider-Man from Insomniac Games’ Marvel’s Spider-Man from 2018.
The Marvel’s Avengers open beta launches on August 21st and the game will officially release on September 5th for Google Stadia, PC, Xbox One, and the PS4. Updated versions will release at a later date for the Xbox Series X and PS5.
Image Credit: Sony PlayStation / Crystal Dynamics