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Marvel’s Spider-Man seemingly has a cut multiplayer mode

Marvel's Spider-Man could have featured a multiplayer mode, according to newly discovered game data.
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Now that Marvel’s Spider-Man is available on PC, keen modders are diving deep with the game’s files, uncovering secrets that have previously gone undiscovered. According to data miner DniweTamp, these secrets could include a planned multiplayer mode for the game, with one player controlling Miles Morales, and the other controlling Peter Parker.

Text files found by DniweTamp seemingly refer to a competition to find out who is the ‘Superior Spider-Man’ – although it’s unknown what form the competition would have taken. Text strings that read ‘Peter Parker is the Superior Spider-Man!’ and ‘Miles Morales is the Superior Spider-Man!’ appear alongside references to a ‘winner message’ and co-op gameplay.

‘If set and in co-op, Character2 will see this text’ reads another text string. Further down, references to a ‘Character1’ and ‘Character2’ and individual teams can be found. DniweTamp has also included the file location, which is labelled: ‘characters/multiplayer/mp_spiderman_milesmorales/mp_spiderman_milesmorales.model’.

These appear to be the only discoveries made so far, but they paint a fairly clear picture, and strongly indicate Marvel’s Spider-Man was planned to have some form of competitive or co-op multiplayer action.

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It’s unclear how far the game’s multiplayer mode got into development before it was scrapped, but its existence raises a lot of questions. Given these files were reportedly found in Spider-Man Remastered, which only contains the original game – and not the Miles Morales-starring spin-off – it could be that Insomniac Games had originally planned to have Morales become Spider-Man in the first game.

While his transformation is teased in Marvel’s Spider-Man, it doesn’t fully come to fruition until spin-off Miles Morales, which functions as a sequel to the original game. Given clues indicate the ‘Superior Spider-Man’ multiplayer mode would seemingly have included both characters fighting for the Superior crown, it could be that timelines for Morales’ ascension were shifted during work on the title.

Given so little of the multiplayer code seemingly remains in the game, it’s also fair to assume it was a minor feature that was ultimately scrapped before it could make its way through the development process.

Perhaps this could still crop up in Marvel’s Spider-Man 2, or in another game spin-off? Whatever the case, it’s a fascinating find that reveals more about the development cycle of Insomniac’s beloved franchise, and everything that could have been.

Leah J. Williams is a gaming and entertainment journalist who's spent years writing about the games industry, her love for The Sims 2 on Nintendo DS and every piece of weird history she knows. You can find her tweeting @legenette most days.