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.’
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]