Spider-Man would be exclusive to Xbox, but Microsoft turned down Marvel’s offer

Marvel’s Spider-ManFrom 2018 and with the spin-off Miles Morales, 2020, could have been Xbox exclusives instead of PlayStation. The current head of Marvel Games, Jay Ong, said the comics giant had made a deal with Sony after Microsoft turned down an exclusivity offer to invest money in its own franchises.

Marvel’s Spider-Man (Photo: Distribution / Insomniac Games / Sony Interactive Entertainment)

Ong’s statement is in the book The Final History of Video Games, Volume 2Written and published by Stephen Kent in August 2021. In the article, the head of Marvel Games describes in detail the process of termination of the partnership Activism – Former publisher of Spider-Man and other superhero games.

Ong said that at the time, Marvel Games was not happy with the quality of Spider-Man games released by Activision. Please note that Video Game Holding has released a total of 15 titles of Hero 2000-2014. After a 14-year partnership, both companies decided to terminate the license agreement.

Ong also said that after the relationship ended, Activision asked him what Marvel would do in the future following the Spider-Man franchise. Ong replied, “I would find him a better house.” Finally, the former publisher of the series concluded with the following words: “Good luck in finding your match”.

Spiderman It has almost become an Xbox exclusive

Shortly afterwards, Marvel Games offered Spider-Man game exclusivity to both Microsoft and Sony. The Xbox owner declined the offer Focus on your own franchises, so only the PlayStation is left with Spider-Man’s new home.

“I met two PlayStation Studio executives, Adam Boyce and John Drake, in a meeting room in Burbank in August 2014. [Califórnia]. I said: “We dreamed of this opportunity, which we managed to overcome [a franquia Batman] Channel And you have at least one or maybe a few games that can take over your platform. Sony responded with an offer to make a large-budget Spider-Man game for the exclusive PlayStation and handed over the project to Insomniac, which was independent at the time but was considered “one of Sony’s most important partners”.

Jay Ong, head of Marvel Games.

As a result of these negotiations, Marvel’s Spider-Man, In 2018. In addition to being well-received by critics, with 87 on Metacritic, the game has sold over 20 million copies to date. Its spin-off, which began in 2020 and featured Miles Morales, has already sold more than 6.5 million units.

Insomniac Games is preparing for the future not only Marvel’s Spider-Man 2 Will be released in 2023, just like the game is based on WolverineWhich is still in development and has not yet been released.

Info: VGC, GameInformer.

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