Spider-Man is a universally well-loved hero, so it came as no surprise that fans were understandably upset over the decision to have the web-slinger exclusive to PlayStation platforms for Crystal Dynamics’ Marvel’s Avengers.
In an interview with Newsweek, head honcho Scot Amos explained the reason behind tying the fan-favourite character to a sole platform, despite plans to launch the game on PC, PS4 / PS5, Xbox One / Xbox Series X, and Google Stadia.
“We happen to be ones 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 as you guys know with Sony’s [movie rights] ownership there and Marvel with 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,” he said.
Wait a minute, hold up – that is one heck of a long sentence, and it might take several reads to actually understand what is actually being said. Here is the TL;DR: the unique relationship between Sony and Disney gives the former some ownership over Spider-Man, allowing for the exclusive rights to bring the superhero into Marvel’s Avengers. In contrast, Microsoft and the other platform publishers do not have quite the same freedom and bandwidth to do so.
Amos suggests that the exclusivity deal is not really a big deal, however. Speaking to IGN, 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.”
Still, there is no denying that the addition of Spider-Man will offer a different gameplay experience for fans and owners of Sony platforms. In fact, more exclusives are being planned for this lucky group of players, including a series of Legendary and Epic cosmetics, additional Credits, and two new heroes in the form of Hawkeye and Ms. Marvel.