Coming off its announcement last year and an incredible demo at this year’s E3 2017, Insomniac Games’ upcoming Spider-Man title on PS4 has many eagerly anticipating the newest game featuring the friendly neighborhood wallcrawler, while one of Marvel Games’ higher-ups offered a few more insights into the hotly-anticipated title.
In an interview with GameSpot, Marvel Games vice president and executive producer Mike Jones offered some deeper looks into the inspiration and development behind Spider-Man on PS4, and what led Marvel to exploring games in a stronger way with its numerous properties in the Marvel Universe, thanks to the exploding popularity of the Marvel Cinematic Universe and in other outside media.
Jones explained that a big part of Marvel’s deep dive into games in the past few years has largely been led by Marvel Entertainment’s Jay Ong, who bridged over into the company’s games department after having previously worked at Microsoft and Blizzard Entertainment.
The hiring of Ong and other key members of the Marvel Games division came as a result of Marvel’s insight that “games shouldn’t be a derivative business” alongside the other branches of Marvel, and instead should extend into “a pillar of the brand,” and wants to “continue to surprise and excite our fans” with he development of larger-scaled console titles like Spider-Man and Telltale Games’ recent Guardians of the Galaxy series.
Alongside the motivations into creating larger-scaled Marvel titles for consoles, Jones also brought up the Batman: Arkham series as an inspiration for crafting Spider-Man how it has been seen so far, saying that he is “personally a huge fan of the Arkham series.” Specifically, Jones commended Rocksteady Studios and the series for being “massively successful and innovative not just as an action game, but as an experience,” adding that “even if you took Batman out of it, those games would still be compelling to play.”
Jones also explained with the Batman: Arkham games as an example that the series “inspired us to lean into our characters and trust that nailing the uniqueness of each character experience is really what’s going to make the gameplay compelling” adding that “we love the Arkham games and the healthy competition they inspire in us, but we also want to evolve and do better.”
Spider-Man is currently in development for PS4, with release expected sometime in 2018.