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Square Enix is starting to open up about its post-launch plans for Marvel's Avengers, its co-op superhero smash 'em up. Those teases include some of the new heroes you'll be able to unlock, including Spider-Man. Although, Sony has confirmed the hero will only be available on PlayStation.
There were rumours spidey would be added to the game after a now-deleted post on Base.com was spotted over the weekend, as VGC reported. The listing referenced Spider-Man coming to the game on PlayStation, saying "Play as Spider-man exclusively on PS4". It wasn't clear if this was a timed exclusive or a long-term deal with PlayStation, it was also possible it was a mistake.
When asked about the listing by IGN, Base.com said that the listing was "not correct", but now Sony has published a blog post from Crystal Dynamics confirming the hero will be coming as a PlayStation exclusive.
While Crystal Dynamics doesn't show off the webslinger in the game, it does reveal that he will be a free addition after launch for everyone who buys the base game on PlayStation.
While Marvel owns the rights to Spider-Man when it comes to putting the character in games, Sony owns the rights to the character in films, and that close relationship led to Marvel licensing the character to Sony to make the exclusive PS4 game Marvel's Spider-Man back in 2018.
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The rights to Spider-Man have been in a confusing spot for more than 20 years now after Marvel sold them to Sony back in 1998. This was a good ten years before Marvel got big into the film game with 2008's Iron Man. For years Sony was leading the game when it came to superhero movies, with Sam Raimi's Spider-Man movies being the series that really opened up the box office for comic book heroes. However, as Marvel found more success with its own films and Sony finding shaky returns on its rebooted Spider-Man series starring Andrew Garfield, the two companies struck a deal to allow the character to appear in Marvel's movies and for Sony to be able to make films as part of that cinematic universe.
That deal shouldn't get in the way of Spider-Man appearing in the Xbox version of Marvel's Avengers, so if the store listing is accurate, there's a chance that this is a timed exclusivity deal. However, the Sony/Marvel relationship is extremely profitable for both companies. As reported by Gamesindustry.biz in August last year, Sony had sold more than 13.2 million copies of Marvel's Spider-Man.
Though, if Marvel's Avengers ends up with a string of heroes you can only play on one console, particularly heroes as popular as Spider-Man, you can imagine this will annoy a lot of players.
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