Insomniac Games has apparently dropped out of multiplayer for Marvel’s Spider-Man, according to a recent database.
After arriving on PC last week, fans quickly began exploring the Marvel’s Spider-Man Remastered code. Discovered by Twitter (opens in a new tab)user DniweTamp (by Reddit (opens in a new tab)), this dataminer discovered files pointing to notifications for co-op and multiplayer, some of which read “If set and co-op”. It looks like we would see two Spider-Man competing for the title of “Superior Spider-Man”.
According to these files, the other player would control Miles Morales using his unique moveset from Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales. Describing this further, DniweTamp released a code that lists Player 1, Player 2, Red Team, Blue Team, Character 1, and Character 2. When assembled, this suggests Insomniac Games was initially planning PvP after seeing Miles competing with Peter Parker.
From that announcement, more details about Insomniac Games’ plans have come to light. According VGC (opens in a new tab), references to the PvE mode known as “Free For All” were also noted, and it seems that multiplayer would be available in a separate game mode. If you want to see more, you can find the direct code in the above twitter thread.
It’s hard to say why Insomniac Games removed multiplayer from the finished game. Maybe it didn’t fit the developer’s overall vision anymore, or maybe it just didn’t work well on the original PS4 hardware. There has never been any public admission that multiplayer has been considered, so at the moment all we can do is speculate.
However, when PlayStation Blog (opens in a new tab) Referred to as Marvel’s Spider-Man 2 as a single-player experience, there’s a good chance we’ll see this comeback in the sequel. Coming next year as a PS5 exclusivity, the reveal trailer puts a lot of emphasis on Peter fighting alongside Miles. Playing as a variety of thugs, this trailer ends with the unexpected appearance of a dangerous but known threat, Venom.
It’s believed we’ll be playing as Peter and Miles at separate times, but while I usually prefer the solo campaign, I’d love to see the formula in co-op. Even though it’s separate from the main game, there’s something exciting about the idea of traversing New York City with a friend, competing to become a better Spider-Man. How this would work I’m not sure, but I’m excited to see what the next game will bring.