As many fans were fearing, the upcoming PS5 remaster of Insomniac’s 2018 game Spider-Man will not be getting a free upgrade option for owners of the PS4 port. Sony confirmed the news to Kotaku with a statement that lays out some truly bizarre plans. The new Spider-Man: Miles Morales will have a free upgrade to the PS5 version, but the Remastered Spider-Man will only be available as DLC to Miles. Talk about messed up.
“Marvel’s Spider-Man: Remastered is an enhanced version of Marvel’s Spider-Man, and is included as part of Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales Ultimate Edition for the PlayStation 5,” reads the statement. “In addition, players who purchase Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales on PlayStation 4 can upgrade at no additional cost to the PS5 version of Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales and can take advantage of a paid-upgrade to download Marvel’s Spider-Man: Remastered.”
You’re not misreading that last part. Miles Morales will cost $50 normally (on PS4 and PS5) and then players will need to shell out an additional $20 to get Spider-Man: Remastered. If you don’t previously own Miles, though, you won’t be able to individually purchase the remaster of the main game. Talk about being money-grubbing.
If you’re still not quite convinced, Sony lays it out pretty clearly. “There are no plans currently to offer Marvel’s-Spider-Man: Remastered as a standalone. Players with a copy of Marvel’s Spider-Man for PS4 can purchase Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales Ultimate Edition to experience Marvel’s Spider-Man: Remastered on PS5. Marvel’s Spider-Man for PS4 also will be backwards compatible on PS5.”
Now, it’s not so unexpected that Sony would charge for this remaster. Being a few years removed from the original release on PS4, there’s every possibility that Insomniac had to rework a tremendous amount of code to even get the game running on Sony’s new platform. The incentive with Miles Morales is that not everyone will be getting a PS5 this holiday, so Sony doesn’t want fans to miss out.
The main problem here is that owners of the PS4 version aren’t being offered a standalone upgrade. There’s legitimately no reason why Sony can’t offer a $10 upgrade to the PS5 version. Locking it behind the purchase of a separate game is an anti-consumer move through and through. The free gesture would be appreciated, but don’t make people buy a game they may not want just to then spend more money on a game they already have.
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