Insomniac Games has been under scrutiny, as of late, for the decision not to include Marvel’s Spider-Man Remastered with the upcoming Miles Morales game on PlayStation 5. Instead, Insomniac has opted to release it with the Ultimate Version at $70.
Today, Insomniac Games decided to show the gaming community what they’ll be in for with the PS5 version of the original Spider-Man game. What they showed was unbelievably smooth gameplay. However, they came under scrutiny again for an unexpected face swap for Peter Parker.
Peter Parker Reveal Trailer
Performance Mode 60fps
The Performance Mode for Marvel’s Spider-Man Remastered looks so clean and smooth. It’s absolutely mind-blowing that a game that many considered one of the top games of 2018 could get even better. It definitely makes the pill to shell out an extra $20 to own this remaster a little easier to swallow.
That said, the stunning Performance Mode at 60fps wasn’t what the majority of players were talking about. Rather, almost everyone was consumed with the new Peter Parker. Here’s what Insomniac Games had to say on the subject, via PlayStation Blog.
“In order to bring the best performances to players with our next-generation Marvel’s Spider-Man games, we have recast the face of Peter Parker. We loved working with John Bubniak on the original game; however, to get a better match to Peter Parker/Spider-Man actor Yuri Lowenthal’s facial capture, we have cast Ben Jordan to be the face model for Peter Parker on the PS5 console. He looks incredible in-game, and Yuri’s moving performances take on a new life.”
Without really knowing or understanding the inner-workings of remastering a game for next-gen, it does seem like an odd choice to recast the main character. By no means is it a deal-breaker, but it’s just not something you see with games. I can’t really think of a game where an actor was recast for a remaster. Just odd. People are also making a valid point that Peter Parker looks far younger with Lowenthal’s facial capture, as opposed to Bubniak.
Nevertheless, Insomniac Games has their reasons and we should all respect it. After all, Marvel’s Spider-Man Remastered is still an amazing game regardless of which face is under the mask.
Marvel’s Spider-Man Remastered will be available to download on November 12, 2020 as part of the Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales Ultimate Edition on PlayStation 5. You can preorder now here. Also, check out the Ultimate Edition perks for Miles Morales and the Amazing Suit coming to Spider-Man Remastered.
In the US and Canada only, we have additional “launch” physical editions of the game for both Standard Launch Edition and Ultimate Launch Edition (Launch Edition includes a voucher*)! These copies are available in limited quantities only so don’t delay. The launch edition includes a voucher for early unlocks of two suits, including the T.R.A.C.K. Suit by Marvel Artist Javiar Garrón, and a suit we’ll reveal closer to launch. You’ll also receive an early unlock of the Gravity Well Gadget, and three Skill Points to get a jump start on your progression.