Hot on the heels of the Marvel’s Avengers beta announcement comes an update from the PlayStation Blog that most fans were expecting and quite excited for. It’s now official: Spider-Man is going to be playable exclusively in the PlayStation 4/PlayStation 5 version of the game. Spidey will be released as a post-launch playable character – just like Hawkeye, who isn’t system exclusive – and will be available to owners of the base game at “at no additional cost” in early 2021.
Your friendly neighborhood Spider-Man comes to Marvel's Avengers, exclusively on PlayStation. Crystal Dynamics offers early details on its own, unique take on the post-launch Hero: https://t.co/GA3t6Y40KI pic.twitter.com/TEho59XfIc
— PlayStation (@PlayStation) August 3, 2020
It does make a lot of sense that the web-head would make his way into the game after Insomniac’s first-party Spider-Man project, Marvel’s Spider-Man, was such a huge hit. The wall-crawler has sort of become a Sony system mascot at this point, too, with the limited edition PlayStation 4 Pro console releasing in conjunction with the game and the pseudo-sequel Spider-Man: Miles Morales being announced for the PlayStation 5. Adding him to the roster was basically a no-brainer, then, especially given his universal appeal as a fan-favorite character.
The blog post also breaks down how the team at Crystal Dynamics is working toward making sure Spider-Man’s signature acrobatic traversal and combat style is integrated into the game. They’re adding to his already impressive radioactive bug-enhanced powers with tech upgrades, too, giving him “complete access to the impressive technology available to the team, such as custom web shooter-based technology from Hank Pym, SHIELD, Stark Industries, and more.”
The friendly neighborhood superhero will be getting his own in-game event as part of the downloadable drop as well, which includes a series of challenges that have yet to be detailed. And while it doesn’t sound like Spider-Man will be getting any individual character story missions in Marvel’s Avengers, it’s hardly a bad deal at the price of free.