Microsoft has made a lot of right moves as of late when it comes to blockbuster games, but that doesn’t mean it gets it right all the time.
While speaking with author Steven L. Kent for his new book The Ultimate History of Video Games Volume 2, Marvel’s Jay Ong revealed that the company were looking to break into the video game world the right way a few years ago. It attempted to offer Microsoft the chance to make them, but…they were turned down.
So Ong had no choice but to go with the company’s competitor, Sony. At the time, Adam Boyes and John Drake were very interested in hearing things out. Then one thing led to another, and Insomniac Games was assigned the chance to make Marvel’s Spider-Man for the PlayStation 4.
Now here we are, years later, with both Spider-Man and Miles Morales being big hits for the company, and Spider-Man 2 and Wolverine on the way in the years ahead. Ong explained, “Wanting to create a PlayStation exclusive franchise, Sony not only lent Marvel’s Spider-Man a gigantic marketing budget, the console giant also offered technical support from start to finish.”
Spider-Man really opened the door for possibilities, including games made by Square Enix, like Marvel’s Avengers and Guardians of the Galaxy.
That said, following the next two games, it’ll be interesting to see where Marvel goes from here. Who wants to bet that, if they go knocking on Microsoft’s door sometime down the road, good ol’ Xbox will have a different answer…?
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