Image: Insomniac Games

Updated textures aren’t unusual for a video game remaster, but Insomniac Games may have taken things a bit too far. In a blog post detailing the improvements (e.g., ray-traced reflections) in Spider-Man Remastered, community director James Stevenson revealed that Peter Parker has been given a completely different face.

“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,” Stevenson said.

“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.”

This is going to be jarring for Spider-Man veterans who already have the original actor’s face burned into their memory. Many fans have already voiced their disapproval, alleging that Insomniac has created a poor man’s version of Tom Holland (the actor who plays the web slinger in Marvel’s live-action features).

You can check out a scene of the newer, younger-looking Parker below. We’ve also included a tweet of how the face compares with the original – it’s a huge difference.

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4 Comments

  1. Meh… 6 of one, half a dozen of the other.

    The new guy looks like as much of a Peter Parker as the old guy.

    If anything, it’s just a huge waste of money, it’s not like this is going to improve the game in any meaningful way.

  2. I don’t see the point of this unless it is some kind of contract dispute. Maybe the “cgi actor” from the original wanted more money for the remaster or something.

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