Hello heroes! Have you heard the latest controversy surrounding the new Spider-Man game set to release on Playstation 4 next week? No? Well, buckle up and let me share a story with you.
According to a reddit post by user Ghulam_Jewel, the game has received a massive graphics downgrade from its footage shown at E3 2018. Redditors have been arguing back and forth for hours over whether or not the textures look worse in the retail version vs the footage from E3. Most people can't seem to come to an agreement overall, but the one thing that everyone seems to agree on is that the puddle on the floor that once sprawled across the entire section of flooring has been significantly reduced.
Couple this with the recent DLC announcement controversy, and some fans are a bit angry with developer Insomniac, taking their frustrations to Twitter and other social media platforms.
Insomnicac, to their credit, responded to most of the critisicm with a positive message saying;
"It’s just a change in the puddle size, there’s no downgrade at all...plenty of other places with tons of puddles."
It may seem like a silly thing for fans to get angry about, but this is 2018, where outrage can come in the smallest forms and its not like we haven't been burned by the E3 trailer downgrades before (heres looking at YOU, Ubisoft. WE KNOW WHAT YOU DID.)
That wasn't enough for fans, however, as they kept pressing on, complaining that suit footage looks different, that there were different shadows underneath characters, and the walls had less texture details in them overall.
This was enough for Community Director James Stevenson to chime in saying that none of the above stated assumptions were true, and that there is no downgrade at all in the game from previous footage shown.
"I am telling you I talked to the technical and engineering and art staff, and looked at the live code of this from the final build...There was NO DOWNGRADE."
It seems like this can all be boiled down to misunderstandings and changes in art direction, which happen all the time in games. Need we remind you the same 'controversy' followed Infamous: Second Son which turned out to be one of the most visually stunning titles of last generation.
We'll see how everything pans out when Spider-Man is released on September 7th, 2018.