Insomniac Games has apparently dropped a multiplayer mode for Marvel’s Spider-Man, according to a recent datamine.
Having arrived on PC last week, fans quickly began datamining code for Marvel’s Spider-Man Remastered. discovered by twitter (opens in new tab)DniweTamp user (via reddit (opens in new tab)), this dataminer discovered files pointing to co-op and multiplayer notifications, part of which reads ‘If set and co-op’. It looks like we would have seen two Spider-Men competing to become the ‘Superior Spider-Man’.
According to these files, player two would have controlled Miles Morales, using his unique Marvel Spider-Man moveset: Miles Morales. Detailing this further, DniweTamp shared code that lists Player 1, Player 2, Red Team, Blue Team, Character 1, and Character 2. When put together, this suggests that Insomniac Games had initially planned a PvP mode, seeing Miles compete. against Peter Parker.
Since this announcement, more details have come to light about what Insomniac Games had planned. According to VGC (opens in new tab), references to a PvE mode known as ‘Free For All’ have also been identified, and it appears that multiplayer would be accessible in a separate game mode. If you’re curious to see more, you can find the code straight from the Twitter thread above.
A second chance?
It’s hard to say why Insomniac Games scrapped the finished game’s multiplayer. Maybe it didn’t fit into the developer’s overview anymore, or maybe it just wasn’t working well on the original PS4 hardware. There was never any public acknowledgment that multiplayer was considered, so for now, all we can do is speculate.
However, while PlayStationBlog (opens in new tab) referred to Marvel’s Spider-Man 2 as a single-player experience, there’s every chance we’ll see that return in the sequel. Released next year as a PS5 exclusive, the reveal trailer placed a heavy emphasis on Peter fighting alongside Miles. Facing off against several henchmen, this trailer ends with the surprise appearance of a dangerous but familiar threat, Venom.
It is believed that we will play as Peter and Miles in separate moments, but while I generally prefer the solo campaign, I would love to see a co-op version of this formula. Even though it’s separate from the main game, there’s something exciting about the idea of webslinging across New York with a friend, vying to be the best Spider-Man. How that would work, I’m not sure, but I’m excited to see what the next game will bring.