A Sony boss calls Marvel's Spider-Man: Miles Morales an 'expansion,' potentially damaging the reveal of the standalone PS5 exclusive.
Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales was forced to issue a clarification today after a Sony boss damaged the reveal of its new PS5 exclusive.
Speaking to The Telegraph, Simon Rutter, executive vice president head of European business at Sony Interactive Entertainment said:
I guess you could call it an expansion and an enhancement to the previous game. There’s a substantial Miles Morales component — which is the expansion element — but also within the game as well there’s been major enhancements to the game and the game engine, obviously deploying some of the major PlayStation 5 technology and features.
The comments led to major confusion among fans and the gaming press. Publications such as IGN were forced to publish updates to their articles about the game.
However, Miles Morales developer Insomniac Games says the game is a new, standalone title and isn’t an expansion to Marvel’s Spider-Man, which released on PS4 in 2018. Insomniac’s community director James Stevenson confirmed it is a standalone title, which suggests it was something many people have been asking about.
Rutter’s comments will surely be frustrating for Insomniac Games.
If the game was an expansion and not standalone, it may have also prompted some to think that the game is a much smaller DLC. A Bloomberg report about the game suggests that Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales will be smaller than Marvel’s Spider-Man but it will be much larger than an expansion.
Sony’s botched announcement may have damaged the game’s potential for success, but it will still be able to show gamers how big the game is. Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales will be a launch title so it’s unlikely that Sony won’t be talking about the game as much as it can before release.