Crystal Dynamics talks Spider-Man PlayStation exclusivity in Avengers

Crystal Dynamics has addressed the controversy surrounding the decision to include Spider-Man as a PlayStation exclusive playable character in the upcoming Avengers.

According to ComicBook, Crystal Dynamics head Scot Amos said the inclusion was possible “because of Sony’s unique relationship with Marvel and PlayStation… that gives us an affordance with Spider-Man that we wouldn’t have otherwise.”

Moreover, Amos seemed to suggest that Avengers will rub salt in the wounds of Xbox and PC players through potential cross-platform cross-play, meaning those on non-PlayStation platforms may be able to team up with PS players who can opt to control Spider-Man.

“That’s something unique because of that relationship, but looking at the future we have cross-gen – PS4 to PS5 will work and Xbox to Xbox Series X will work, so cross-gen works,” Amos said, rather confusingly.

According to IGN Japan, Amos also asserted that Spider-Man will be the only platform-exclusive character to be offered up. We’ve already had an announcement that Hawkeye, Clint Barton, will head to all available platforms as post-launch content.

What do you make of Amos’ comments?

Avengers heads to Windows PC, Xbox One and PS4 from 4 September and will release on Xbox Series X and PS5 when the consoles are released. A series of betas take place over this month… and to be honest, we didn’t like what was on offer.

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