Now, this is an odd move by Insomniac. We knew for some time that a Remaster would be released for PlayStation 5 of the original Spider-Man. It would be included in the deluxe edition of Spider-Man: Miles Morales. That story takes place a year later so it is great to offer players that didn’t have the chance to try it out. We expected better graphics and faster loading times. Somehow, Insomniac at one point decided to completely change Peter Parker’s model. They’ve changed the face model to be based on Ben Jordan rather than John Bubniak. Insomniac gave the following statement on the change:
In order to bring the best performances to players with our next-generation Marvel’s Spider-Man games, we have recast the face of Peter Parker. We loved working with John Bubniak on the original game; however, to get a better match to Peter Parker/Spider-Man actor Yuri Lowenthal’s facial capture, we have cast Ben Jordan to be the face model for Peter Parker on the PS5 console. He looks incredible in-game, and Yuri’s moving performances take on a new life.
The model looks fantastic but it is such a strange decision. Most players have already made a mental connection with the previous model. Plus, this version looks much younger than before. Spider-Man’s selling point was that it was an experienced Peter. He has gone through this for who knows how many years, so this is a strange change. Still, the game will generally be a full next-gen remaster with overhauled environments and models. It will feature 3D Audio, instant-loading, and a brand new photo mode. As a bonus, it will also give players a skin for the original Amazing Spider-Man suit so there is also that little bonus.