It looks like the team behind Spider-man needed to find a better visual match for voice actor Yuri Lowenthal and this is what they came up with. Due to this being the age of the internet, you bet people have some pretty mixed reactions to this decision. If you played the PS4 version of this game, check out the trailer below and see how you feel.
The issue here is that the community grew around the original design and now sees this as a sort of downgrade. The character model now looks like the same run of the mill lanky kid they keep putting into this role. With this new change, the likeness is more of that to the cinematic universe’s actor, Tom Holland.
“Our characters have also gotten a huge upgrade,” wrote Insomniac community director James Stevenson. “From higher-fidelity skin, eye, and teeth shaders to individually rendered strands of hair, the new tech and detail brings our characters and their performances to new life.”
We also have creative director Bryan Intihar responding to the various criticism seen all over the internet.
“We care as much about this character as your attachment to him, so please know we didn’t make this decision/change lightly,” Intihar’s statement continues. “As we did throughout the development of Marvel’s Spider-Man, we’ll continue to read your comments, listen, and always be looking for ways to improve every facet of the game. At the same time, I hope you can trust us that this decision is what we feel is best for the future of the franchise and our upcoming goals for this beloved Marvel character.”
The updated game will include improved models, ray-traced reflections, and ambient shadows. Check out the 4k 60fps trailer below showing off all those new additions in game.
Marvel’s Spider-Man Remastered will be available on PlayStation 5 as part of the Spider-Man: Miles Morales Ultimate Edition package releasing November 12. There won’t be a free upgrade for those who already own Spider-Man on PlayStation 4 sadly.