The next generation of PlayStation will launch with not just one, but two Spider-Men. While we've seen what Miles Morales' adventure will look like, today we're getting a glimpse at the remaster of 2018's Marvel's Spider-Man, which has undergone some fairly substantial changes.
In a new PlayStation blog, Insomniac runs down the features coming to the PlayStation 5 remaster of Marvel's Spider-Man. The team has said before that this version will include upgrades found in the upcoming Miles Morales game, like ray-traced reflections, spatial 3D audio, haptic feedback through the DualSense, and near-instant loading—though the team assures that you can turn the fast-travel animations of Spidey hanging out on subways back on if you'd like.
One big change is directly to Peter Parker, who's going to look a little different without the mask. The face model of Peter Parker has been recast, from John Bubniak in the original to Ben Jordan—who's really giving off some Tom Holland vibes—in the new remaster. Yuri Lowenthal still provides the voice and facial capture, but Jordan will be the new face under the mask. You can see how the new Peter Parker looks in the scene above, where Parker first learns of his mentor Otto Octavius' new arms. And here's a side-by-side comparison courtesy of Nibel on Twitter.
There will also be a special Performance Mode, which targets 4K resolution at 60 fps. You have to admit, the footage looks pretty good. It's smooth and crisp, and looks especially good as Spider-Man zips around the city. Hopefully this bodes well for Miles Morales' PS5 entry as well.
The remaster of 2018's Marvel's Spider-Man has been a point of friction in the road to Insomniac's new game. Sony has had to clarify that PS4 owners of Marvel's Spider-Man won't be getting a free upgrade, unlike the same upgrade path being offered for Miles Morales' PlayStation 4 entry. It also won't support saves from the previous generation.
It's easiest to think of this remaster as a completely new game, or at least product. It is Marvel's Spider-Man, but it's mostly just part of the Miles Morales Ultimate Edition package; the only way to acquire it is either buying the Ultimate Edition, or through a paid upgrade if you buy the standalone version of Miles Morales on PS4 or PS5. Whatever path you choose, it looks like the PS5 will have a whole lot of Spidey when both games launch on Nov. 12, 2020 alongside the PS5 hardware.