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Spider-Man Ended Up On PlayStation, But Xbox Was Also Offered The Series And ‘Turned Marvel Down’

Insomniac Games stuck gold with Marvel’s Spider-Man on PS4, but it could have gone a different way had Xbox format holder Microsoft decided to turn down a deal with Marvel. As such, the partnership went to Sony, and the rest is history.

Jay Ong, Marvel Games’ Executive Vice President, revealed in Steven L Kent’s The Ultimate History of Video Games Vol 2 that the company wasn’t too chuffed with the quality of Activision’s Spider-Man games, and thus entering their licensing deal early.

As a result, Activision had asked Marvel Games “what are you going to do with this IP after you get it back?” with Ong replaying, “I’m going to find a better home for it.” “Good luck finding your unicorn” was Activision’s response.

However, when Marvel Games headed to Sony and Microsoft in hopes of finding a new home for Spider-Man, Microsoft wasn’t interested as it wanted to focus on its own IP instead. Sony was much more receptive to the idea.

I sat down with these two execs from PlayStation third-party, Adam Boyes and John Drake, in August 2014, in a conference room in Burbank.

I said, ‘We have a dream that this is possible, that we could beat Arkham and have one game at least and maybe multiple games that could drive adoption of your platform.’

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The result of the deal ultimately ended up being the brilliant Marvel’s Spider-Man, which is set to receive a full-blown sequel on the PS5 with Marvel’s Spider-Man 2.

[Source – ResetEra]