Marvel: The Future of Spider-Man Console Games “Is With Sony and Insomniac”
Discussing the recently announced Spider-Man game coming exclusively to PlayStation 4 from Insomniac Games, Jay Ong, Marvel’s Vice President of Games, hinted that the partnership with Sony will extend beyond one title:
We’ve had a long history of success with Activision, and we still have a great relationship with them. But the future of the Spider-Man console games is with Sony and Insomniac. We’re delighted about this partnership, and that’s something that’s going to continue forward. With [regard to] other console partners, stay tuned. There’s many more interesting additional things to come. But Activision is in the past, with regards to Spider-Man.
After explaining their “brand new strategy to be very selective and only partner with the best game companies on earth,” Ong says one major change is the decision to no longer tie games to movie releases.
“It was difficult to succeed with that one, often times there wasn’t enough time to come out with something truly terrific,” he said.
Although Spider-Man Homecoming is coming out in July 2017, Ong wouldn’t give a release window for the Spider-Man PS4 game. Since Spider-Man is an evergreen property for Marvel though, he says it would make a splash no matter when it’s released.
In a separate interview with Venture Beat, Ong revealed that Spider-Man is “going to be a tentpole in our console portfolio,” but it’s also “the first of many that we’ll be announcing sometime in the future.”
Since Sony and Insomniac are just 10 minutes away from Ong, “it’s a very close collaboration” between the companies.