Spider-Man: Remastered Doesn't Retcon Line About the Avengers, Insomniac Says

Spider-Man: Remastered Doesn't Retcon Line About the Avengers, Insomniac Says

New face, same absent Avengers.

The new remaster of Spider-Man, launching tomorrow on PlayStation 5 as part of the Ultimate Edition for Spider-Man: Miles Morales does make some pretty significant changes to what Insomniac released in 2018. For one, there's all the new graphical improvements, but there's also the glaring matter of Peter's new face—with a change like that, it's reasonable to think there might be others. Today, though, word got going about a supposed change in reference to the Avengers that Insomniac says actually isn't a tweak.

On Twitter, Kinda Funny's Greg Miller posted a clip from his time with the new remaster where he snaps a photo of the Avengers Tower. In Spider-Man, Peter has a unique line for each comic universe landmark players can take a picture of—in the case of Avengers Tower, he notes the superhero team is "never around to use it" and that he believes they're "somewhere on the West Coast right now." In Miller's clip, the line cuts off before the bit about the West Coast.

Miller, interpreting the line as a possible reference to how Crystal Dynamics' Avengers game roots Captain America and the gang in San Francisco, saved the clip to point out the seeming removal. Several hours later, Insomniac community director James Stevenson replied in the negative—the line is still in the remaster unchanged.

The issue, Stevenson says, is that the end of the line was likely cut off by "the car chase going past" Miller in-game as he played. In the clip, you can both hear the telltale sirens that accompany one of the game's police chase events as well as see subtitles for police officer lines that can't be heard from that high-up in the Manhattan skyline.

Of course, given the confusion over the forthcoming PlayStation-exclusive Spider-Man for Crystal Dynamics' Avengers game—remember, it's not Insomniac's Spider-Man—it's not unreasonable for Miller to hear the truncated line and wonder if there was an edit made to keep the delineation clearer. Then again, it's also easy to interpret the line as a reference to the West Coast Avengers comics or (and this is how I understood it while playing the game) as an easy way to explain why those deadbeat Avengers aren't around to help Peter deal with the multiple supervillains causing havoc in New York. The poor guy just wants a break!

A break is exactly what Peter's getting while Miles watches over the city in his own game, which picks up the story after Insomniac's 2018 release. If anything, let this little misunderstanding be a reminder that the Avengers do exist in Insomniac's Marvel universe—they're just never around for the people of New York. As a New York resident myself, I'll just cross my arms and say we're doing fine with our Spider-Men thank-you-very-much.

In case you missed it, it's worth noting that Insomniac will add support for PS4 save importing to Spider-Man: Remastered. For more on the new title Spider-Man: Miles Morales, check out USgamer's review.

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Mathew Olson


Mathew Olson is a writer formerly of Digg, where he blogged and reported about all things under the umbrella of internet culture (including games, of course). He lives in New York, grew up under rain clouds and the influence of numerous games studios in the Pacific Northwest, and will talk your ear off about Half-Life mods, Talking Heads or Twin Peaks if you let him.

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