Xbox ‘turned Marvel down’, resulting in Spider-Man on PS4, exec reveals


The pinnacle of Marvel Video games has revealed how Xbox turned down a chance to make licensed video games, shortly earlier than Sony made a deal to make Spider-Man on PS4.

In an excerpt from Steven L Kent’s 2021 e book The Final Historical past of Video Video games Vol 2 (as noticed on ResetEra), government vp and head of Marvel Video games, Jay Ong, explains how the corporate lower its earlier cope with Activision brief in the hunt for a greater partnership.

In response to Ong, Marvel Video games wasn’t proud of the standard of the Spider-Man video games being revealed by Activision, and the 2 corporations mutually agreed to terminate their licensing deal early.

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Ong stated that when the deal was made to stroll away, Activision requested “what are you going to do with this IP after you get it again?” To which Ong replied: “I’m going to discover a higher house for it.”

In response to Ong, Activison’s reply was: “Good luck discovering your unicorn.”

Ong stated Marvel Video games then went to each Xbox and PlayStation to see if both of them could be involved in forming an unique partnership, asking them: “We don’t have any huge console offers with anybody proper now, what would you love to do?”.

Microsoft‘s technique, Ong remembers, was to focus by itself IP, and as such, it determined to move on the supply.

Sony, nonetheless, was extra receptive. “I sat down with these two execs from PlayStation third-party, Adam Boyes and John Drake, in August 2014, in a convention room in Burbank,” Ong stated.

“I stated, ‘We’ve got a dream that that is attainable, that we may beat Arkham and have one recreation at the very least and possibly a number of video games that would drive adoption of your platform’.”

Sony reportedly responded by providing to make a triple-A, PlayStation-exclusive Spider-Man recreation, and handed the venture to Insomniac, which was unbiased on the time however was thought of “one in all Sony’s most essential companions”.

Xbox ‘turned Marvel down’, leading to Spider-Man on PS4, exec reveals

The ensuing recreation, Marvel’s Spider-Man, was broadly critically acclaimed and reportedly went on to promote greater than 20 million copies, with its spin-off Miles Morales promoting an additional 6.5 million.

Within the US, Spider-Man is now one in all Sony’s most profitable online game releases ever, when it comes to greenback gross sales.

Insomniac just lately introduced Spider-Man 2 with a teaser trailer throughout a PlayStation Showcase presentation in September 2021. It’s additionally increasing its relationship with Marvel through an in-development Wolverine recreation.

The Spider-Man sequel is because of launch on PlayStation 5 in 2023 with Candyman actor Tony Todd taking part in Venom.