While everyone is gearing up to swing across Manhattan as Miles Morales in the new standalone Marvel’s Spider-Man adventure, Insomniac Games is also preparing to make the transition to the PlayStation 5 with Marvel’s Spider-Man: Remastered. But perhaps they’re doing it in a way no one expected (or really needed for that matter).
In its latest update, Insomniac revealed that the face model for Peter Parker has been swapped out for a slightly younger-looking one. This change, in Insomniac’s eyes at least, was “in order to bring the best performances to players” in the remaster.
While there are other updates to the remaster, including a new suit for Peter from The Amazing Spider-Man as well as enhanced support for the PS5, the new face model is inevitably the core of most fan reactions:
Even voice actor Yuri Lowenthal himself hopped aboard the flame train, adding his own little jab at Insomniac:
The decision to swap out John Bubniak for Ben Jordan to be the new face for Peter Parker certainly instilled strong reactions from the community, but game director Bryan Intihar explained on Twitter that the dev team was all on song about this new change. He insisted that the new face model will take a while to get to used to, but ultimately was “a necessity” as the team wanted to find “a better facial match for [voice and mocap actor] Yuri Lowenthal”.
Despite Insomniac’s justifications, it looks as though fans are more on the opinion of “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it”.
Moving forward, one would imagine Insomniac to bring the new Peter Parker to all of its upcoming titles, including Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales should Pete make a cameo there (which is highly likely given how closely the duo have worked together in the original game). But for better or worse, the new Pete is here to stay.
Marvel’s Spider-Man: Remastered is coming to the PlayStation 5 on 12 November as a standalone title, or as part of the Ultimate Edition for Miles Morales.
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