I can’t imagine with a few MCU movies under his belt and an Uncharted movie in the works that Spider-Man actor Tom Holland is cheap to come by. So if you’re hoping for some brand synergy, finding a look-a-like to replace your original face actor for Marvel’s Spider-Man Remastered is probably the way to go.
Insomniac has decided to recast the face model for Peter Parker in Spider-Man’s PlayStation 5 remaster, and it appears that he’s the only person getting any such change. While Yuri Lowenthal will still be voicing the webslinger, model Ben Jordan will be the new face replacing Peter’s previous model John Bubniak.
Old Pete vs new Pete pic.twitter.com/9yicgqZU0S
— Nibel (@Nibellion) September 30, 2020
The recasting is…honestly, pretty odd. Unless Bubniak did something wrong (we found nothing) that would merit the swap in face models, the treatment of the new face looks significantly younger than the mid-20s version of Peter that stars in Insomniac’s open-world game. According to a post on the PlayStation Blog, Insomniac wanted a face that would work better with Lowenthal’s facial capture, so I suppose this means animators were more easily able to graft some of the facial movements of Lowenthal’s performance onto Jordan’s face than Bubniak’s. When I played the original game on PlayStation 4, I never noticed anything off on this front, but maybe when you actually work on the animation you notice quirks or imperfections you’d like to alter.
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Along with the reveal, Insomniac released a new trailer of the remaster, using a scene between Peter and Doctor Otto Octavius to showcase the new look.
Beyond Peter’s new face, Spider-Man Remastered will be coming to PlayStation 5 with some graphical enhancements, ray tracing and higher fidelity across the board, and it will also be running at 60 frames-per-second on the system when it launches on November 12, as well.
Unfortunately. Spider-man Remastered won’t be as easily accessible as most PlayStation 5 launch games, as it will only be available as part of the Ultimate Edition of Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales. So not only will it not be purchasable as a standalone game, but it’s not taking advantage of any upgrade systems that other games have been using. This means anyone who bought the original game on PlayStation 4 won’t be able to freely upgrade to the PS5 version in the same vein as games like Assassin’s Creed: Valhalla and Cyberpunk 2077. Even some Sony games are taking this route like Horizon: Forbidden West, Sackboy: A Big Adventure, and even the aforementioned Miles Morales spin-off that you have to buy get access to the remaster in the first place. If you opt to buy the standard edition of Miles Morales, you’ll be able to pay a smaller amount should you want Spider-Man: Remastered rather than pay for the entire Ultimate Edition, but it shouldn’t have to be this complicated to play a game you already own. Sony made no attempts to justify it, and for that, I can only say “thanks for the transparency.”