Spider-Man fans outraged over "weak" reason for PS5 remaster redesign - Dexerto

Spider-Man fans outraged over “weak” reason for PS5 remaster redesign

Published: 1/Oct/2020 1:12

by Brent Koepp


Spider-Man fans became outraged after Insomniac Games revealed that they had changed Peter Parker’s character model in the PS5 remaster. Players weren’t happy with the company’s “weak” explanation as to why they made the unexpected decision.

PlayStation players were surprised on September 30 when it was announced that Spider-Man’s PS5 remaster had a flurry of new additions – including a complete overhaul of Peter Parker’s character model.


After receiving intense backlash on social media over the major change, Insomniac Games wrote a blog explaining why they had to fix the character’s design. Some fans weren’t buying it, however, and were left fuming.

character model change in spider-man remastered for PS5
Twitter: @InsomniacGames
Peter Parker’s model has been drastically changed in the PS5 remaster.

Spider-Man fans outraged over PS5 remaster change

On September 30, Insomniac Games revealed that Spider-Man’s PS5 remaster would be completely replacing Peter Parker’s character model. While some were excited for the change and compared the new design to Tom Holland from the Marvel films, others were upset at the decision.


Annoyed fans responded to the Twitter post, and hit out at the company for drastically changing the character, such as one user who exclaimed, “Insomniac just completely changed a character’s face who now looks like a WHOLE different person and they expect us to be okay with that?”

Addressing the fan, the developer replied with an explanation: “Our full reason is in the blog, but we had to recast as we needed a better match to @YuriLowenthal’s facial capture to bring you next-gen performances.”

insomniac games explain PS5 spider-man change

The actor that portrayed Peter Parker corroborated their explanation and tweeted out a joke about his face being the problem. “Guys. It’s my face’s fault. The stupid stupid bones in my face. Blame my bones,” he said.


Despite the explanation, some fans simply were not having it. One Twitter user challenged the developer’s tweet and said, “C’mon Insomniac. That reason is weak and you know it. You guys are better than this.” Insomniac responded back and stated, “No, that is the true and actual reason that we had to do it.”

Other upset players began to pile on such as one who ranted, “What the hell does “next gen performance” even mean?” They later followed up and slammed Sony as well: “Sony unlisted the video, lmao cowards. I’m extremely disappointed in how the marketing team is handling this.”

The Sony-owned developer posted a lengthier explanation on their website, which you can check out here. After the backlash, the Director of the game, Bryan Intihar, made a post on social media that said, “We totally understand your reaction. Heck, it even took me awhile to get used to Peter’s new look. Please know we didn’t make the decision lightly.”


Intihar went on to explain that the change was decided so that performance capture in future games in the series would be a closer match to the voice actor, which they couldn’t achieve on the PS4. Regardless of how you feel about it, it looks like the new Peter Parker is here to stay.


Overwatch fans want to honor player who died saving woman from attacker

Published: 7/Oct/2020 23:55

by Michael Gwilliam


The Overwatch community is rallying behind a 26-year-old player who passed away earlier in October after defending a woman from a man who allegedly broke into her home with a knife.

Tiago de Souza, who reportedly played thousands of hours and mained Hanzo, Pharah, Sigma, McCree and Doomfist, reportedly gave his life to save a friend and her daughters.


According to Brazilian media, Tiago was at the woman’s house when her ex-partner broke in with a knife in-hand, trying to attack her.

Investigators say the suspect beat the woman with punches. When Tiago tried to interfere, he was allegedly stabbed and died on the spot.

Overwatch player Tiago
Tiago died protecting a woman.

The suspect later went to the police station in Prudentópolis on his own accord and was detained.

A petition on the website Avaaz describes Tiago as “very fond of science and questioning the mysteries of the universe.”

“He liked several games, but undoubtedly his passion was Overwatch,” the petition continued, noting how he had unlocked four golden guns for different heroes through competitive play.

Hanzk on Hanamura
Blizzard Entertainment
Tiago enjoyed playing as Hanzo.

“Tiago was an incredible, selfless and generous person, who gave his life to save someone else’s,” the petition said. “We, friends and family, do not want your courageous attitude to be forgotten, and nothing better to honor you than with a tribute in your favorite game.”

So far, over 2,000 people have signed the petition asking Blizzard to honor the player, though they didn’t specify on how they would like the company to pay tribute to Tiago.

Potentially, if Blizzard were going to honor the player, they could do so on the Brazilian Lucio Ball map for the Summer Games event, or even something from Overwatch 2, whenever that game is released.

Lucioball in Overwatch
Blizzard Entertainment
Blizzard might honor the player on a Brazilian Lucio Ball map.

Blizzard does have a decent track record of honoring its players. Notably, Blizzard immortalized the streamer Reckful by adding a Rogue Trainer NPC with his gamer tag in World of Warcraft.

Hopefully, Blizzard can continue this trend an honor the Brazilian player.