Insomniac creative director Bryan Intihar has issued a statement regarding the decision to recast the face model for Peter Parker in Marvel’s Spider-Man Remastered.
Intihar shared how the decision to recast the model for Peter Parker’s face in the upcoming PS5 remaster was not a decision the studio made lightly. However, Intihar says that “finding a better facial match for actor Yuri Lowenthal” was “a necessity.”
You can read the full statement below.
A few words from me on today’s news… pic.twitter.com/PpdWVuw4Mm
— Bryan Intihar (@bryanintihar) September 30, 2020
Original Story: As part of the Marvel’s Spider-Man Miles Morales Ultimate edition, Insomniac will pack in a code for a PS5 remaster of its 2018 Marvel’s Spider-Man game. Today, the developers shared what players can expect from a next-gen remaster of Spider-Man including new visuals, features, and even a new face for Peter Parker.
In a new PlayStation Blog post, Insomniac revealed that the next-gen, PS5 remaster for Spider-Man will look better than ever thanks to technology like ray-tracing. The environments will be more detailed, and Spider-Man will even have ray-traced reflections and ambient shadows.
Insomniac says character models will also get a boost with higher fidelity skin, eye, and teeth shaders. But one really big change coming to the Spider-Man PS5 remaster is that Insomniac recast the facial capture model for Peter Parker.
You can check out a clip of the new Peter Parker face model in the video below.
“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,” Insomniac says in its blog post.
Some online have said the new face actor appears younger and shares a certain likeness to another Peter Parker in a more cinematic universe. But on Twitter, Insomniac’s James Stevenson confirmed that the new actor is older than Peter Parker’s in-game age (Jordan is 26 in real life) and that the original PS4 version will not be patched to incorporate the new actor.
Other features confirmed for Spider-Man Remastered are a new performance mode that targets 60fps on PS5, near-instant loading with the option to turn on the funny fast-travel animations if desired, Spatial 3D audio, and haptic feedback on the DualSense controller. The new photo mode in Miles Morales will also be available in Spider-Man Remastered.
Finally, Insomniac revealed a new Spidey suit and it’s the one Andrew Garfield wore in The Amazing Spider-Man film series.
Matt T.M. Kim is a reporter for IGN.