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Insomniac Games has revealed a first glimpse at how Marvel's Spider-Man looks on PlayStation 5, and they sure weren't lying when they said this was more than a simple remaster.
From the brief snippets of footage shared, there's been a clear generational upgrade and enough new features to coax players back into the 2018 superhero adventure. There are new suits to unlock, silky smooth 60fps performance, ray-traced reflections, new weather effects, and so much more. As someone who's played the PS4 version to death, I'm already convinced that I'll be leaping right back into Peter Parker's shoes on PS5. The only problem is... well, this isn't quite the Peter Parker you remember.
As you can see, Insomniac Games has completely changed Peter's face so that he now looks more like live-action Spidey actor Tom Holland. I'm not suggesting that was an intentional move, but it's certainly a suspicious one, isn't it?
Needless to say, fans of the game had a bit of a wobble about this new and "improved" Parker. You need to remember that this is a community that infamously tore itself apart over the quality of puddles. Finally having ray-traced puddles at the cost of the main character's face is a really monkey's paw kind of situation, I have to say.
John was (and still is) A PART OF PETER within #SpiderManPS4. The multitude of mannerisms that he brought is what made him so lovable & unique in the first place. Taking that away from the newer version will make it feel like a totally different character. #BringBackBubniak:spider:️:spider_web:️ pic.twitter.com/RsTuXSPlBo- Evan Filarca (@EvanFilarca) September 30, 2020
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Why didn't Insomniac make Peter's character model for the remastered version of Marvel's Spider-Man like the conceptual artwork instead of making him look like Tom Holland? https://t.co/ABvBIW0600 pic.twitter.com/sZqRPQOTBi- The Guy Who Loves Spider-Man #BlackLivesMatter (@ChibuikemMolok1) September 30, 2020
Something I'm less of a fan of? They changed Peter's model for Spider-Man PS5. Now he looks alot younger? And strangely, like Tom Holland? Which is kinda at odds with the "I've been Spidey for a while" time frame they had set up. Feels just as young as Miles was. pic.twitter.com/j5h57nb4PV- Matt 'I Know About The PoP Remake' McMuscles (@MattMcMuscles) September 30, 2020
Unfortunately, the official explanation for the face swap makes things even more confusing. In a statement, Insomniac explained that it replaced John Bubniak with Ben Jordan as the face actor for Peter Parker, because Jordan was a better match for voice actor Yuri Lowenthal's performance. Yes, Peter has a voice actor and a face actor. Yes, video games are weird.
"In order to bring the best performances to players with our next-generation Marvel's Spider-Man games, we have recast the face of Peter Parker, " Insomniac wrote in a blog post. "We loved working with John Bubniak on the original game; however, to get a better match to Peter Parker/Spider-Man actor Yuri Lowenthal's facial capture, we have cast Ben Jordan to be the face model for Peter Parker on the PS5 console."
Marvel's Spider-Man Remastered is available on PlayStation 5 as part of the Spider-Man Miles Morales Ultimate Edition, which launches alongside the PS5 in the UK on November 19th.
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