Oh no, Spider-Man 2 has another Puddlegate
No game dominates the discussion quite like the Insomniac Spider-Man series. Therefore, it's no surprise that the sequel to a game that gave us "Puddl...
No game dominates the discussion quite like the Insomniac Spider-Man series. Therefore, it's no surprise that the sequel to a game that gave us "Puddlegate" is once again causing a stir and providing us with another silly, inconsequential drama to laugh about before its release. Because - brace yourselves - Spidey's suit looks somewhat different.
You heard me, there was a minor change to an asset during development. Someone should file a class-action lawsuit. With the release of Spider-Man 2 just a few weeks away, some fans are already complaining that the texture of the suit has been heavily downgraded, much like the infamous puddles in the first game. Doesn't Insomniac have any shame?
As we see with many games in development, visual elements are often tweaked and even downgraded slightly to ensure smooth performance. Naturally, the challenge is greater when releasing the entire game compared to putting together a CG trailer.
Spider-Man 2 is no exception in this regard, even though it is exclusive to the PS5. As you can see in the comparison image below, there are now fewer details on Peter Parker's regular suit compared to the shiny, detailed suit we were previously shown. The change is not too dramatic and something that wouldn't be noticed in gameplay. Well, at least one would think so.
Twitter user @sharjok pointed out that this could be the next "Puddlegate," and he was absolutely right. In the replies to his tweet, fans are already complaining that "all textures" have been removed. Some even say that it has become a "Fortnite skin." Other comments suggest that anyone defending the new suit is "worshiping" Sony and use similarly colorful terms. It's actually just the usual lines in the console war.
While it's great to not simply consume games superficially and to critically analyze them, claiming that this is a sign the game will be bad seems a bit exaggerated. Admittedly, it's not the dumbest debate we've seen so far, with the original "Puddlegate" still being unmatched. I mean, we all got worked up over a few fewer puddles in an alleyway.
As I said, it's great to keep an eye on the industry, but I think there are bigger battles to fight. Especially since I thought we had already settled this discussion with the symbiote suit, but apparently not. This time, we're getting two at once. Possibly even more once the game is actually launched. Woo.
Marvel's Spider-Man 2 is scheduled to be released on October 20th.