Spider-Man Developer Would Like to Remaster PS1 Classic
A developer of the original Spider-Man game has said that he would love to see the Remaster PS1 Classic, more than two decades after it first hit the shelves.
Spider-Man is now more than 20 years old, but one of its developers still thinks about how to present Spidey’s first 3D videogame to modern audiences.
Chad Findley was the Lead Designer for Spider-Man, a former developer at Neversoft. He recently spoke out about his thoughts on a possible Remaster PS1 Classic during an interview with GamingBible. Findley stated that while he was initially reticent due to the nightmare licensing and approval processes, he would eventually be open to doing it.
While the possibility of a Spider-Man remake is not certain, Findley may be the man for it. The developer expressed passion for the character and why Old Webhead still stands today. Findley stated, “I love Spider-Man.” It was a fun, geeky character that had great messages and themes. We need this stuff these days.
Spider-Man was released on the PlayStation 1 and Sega Dreamcast consoles in 2000. It was the first game to bring comic book action into a 3D space. Although the game’s combat and web-swinging are a bit older than 2018’s Marvel’s Spider-Man, it still featured fan-favorite villains like Venom, Carnage, and Doctor Octopus, while also maintaining the Wall-Crawler’s sense of humor.
Activision had two Spider-Man games, which were to be remastered before the publisher lost its Marvel license. Spider-Man and Spider-Man Edge of Time were reportedly set to be remastered for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Switch. The games were reportedly in “early prototyping” prior to Activision’s 2014 Marvel deal. According to reports, the Remaster PS1 Classic contained only minor graphical enhancements/bug fixes. An unnamed source described the project as a quick money-maker.
Remaster PS1 Classic could cause licensing problems
Activision also created the game. Fans will still be pleased to see the influence it had on Spider-Man Video games. The open-world city concept and traversal mechanics were pioneered by Spidey. This year’s Marvel’s Spider-Man 2 will build on them.
However, the latest Spider-Man game could see unique costume options that have unique effects on gameplay. Each costume in Marvel’s Spider-Man 2 has a Symbiote version. This Symbiote version could have unique effects on gameplay, such as providing unlimited webbing to the player during the first playable appearance of the Symbiote suit.
In 2000, Activision owned the rights to Spider-Man video games. A number of its developers were used by the publisher to create tie-in games for Marc Webb and Sam Raimi films. Original games such as Ultimate Spider-Man and Spider-Man Web of Shadows were produced, but they eventually began making less commercially and critically acclaimed games towards the end of their license.
Insomniac Games was granted the right to create Spider-Man games. It appears that it will continue this way in the future. Although it is likely to be difficult to obtain a license to remaster Spider-Man, the mere thought of it happening makes it worth it.