Warning. This article contains spoilers about the final battle of Marvel’s Spider-Man game. Keep reading only at your own risk.
Marvel’s Spider-Man, the spectacular 2018 game developed by Insomniac Games, was originally intended to end with the hero and Doctor Octopus fighting all over New York City.
The CEO of Insomniac, Ted Price revealed the original plans for this final fight at the Develop: Brighton conference last week according to GamesIndustry.biz. But the scope of the ending that the studio envisioned could not be accomplished without resorting to crunch, which would collide with the company’s goals of increasing employee well-being and reducing burnout.
“The temptation is to simply use brute force, duck your head, and run through the brick wall.”Price said. “But the team took a step back and thought about what was important to the players, and that was the breakdown of the relationship between Peter and his old mentor, Dr. Octavius. “.
The fight was ultimately a battle one-on-one between Spider-Man and Doc Ock on top of a Manhattan building. The team lowered their ambitions, and Price said the decision not only helped the developers, but improved the game itself.
“They rethought the fight and realized that They didn’t need to destroy half of New York to end that relationship. “Price said. “In fact, it would have worked against what we were looking for. As a result, the final battle is much closer and more personal, and it has a much greater emotional impact than planned, and it fits within the time we had. “.
Price urged other developers to seriously consider what gamers want and how they can offer the best experience with the resources they have (prioritizing creativity) rather than pushing employees to the limit.
“In the stress of frenzied production, I often We feel like we can’t take our foot off the gas, but that’s often what it takes. “, said. “The team needs permission to pause and find a better way, rather than causing potential health problems.”.
Insomniac is currently working on Marvel’s Spider-Man 2, which according to the team it will be “darker” that the last two games from Spider-Man, including Spider-Man: Miles Morales. In addition, Insomniac is also working in a wolverine game to add to your portfolio of Marvel titles.
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