In a series of tweets earlier today, Insomniac Games answered fan questions, talking about their plans for their upcoming PS5 remaster of Spider-Man and how it ties in with the upcoming Spider-Man: Miles Morales. One of those tweets asked if there would be a physical release of the game, and Insomniac's response was both brief and unequivocal: "no plans to release physically."
Some questions also received direct and to the point responses. PS4 save game files will not be able to carry forward into the PS5 version of the game. Other questions did not receive quite as clear of a response. Players who asked if it was possible to upgrade the PS4 version of Spider-Man if they purchase just Miles Morales were met with this: "We'll provide more info on that as soon as we can but we have thought about that scenario."
Insomniac's community director, James Stevenson, also chimed in regarding a scenario where current PS4 owners of Spider-Man might be able to upgrade to the PS5 Ultimate edition. "I don't have anything to share on that right now, but we are aware of that circumstance for PS4 buyers who upgrade to PS5 so stay tuned."
Food For Thought
This is going to be a situation which a lot of developers and publishers are going to have to deal with even after the new generation of consoles come out. Any "recent" title is probably going to be defined as something which came out in the last two years or so, particularly for highly popular titles like Spider-Man. How companies handle players who make recent purchases as well as long time loyalists will likely be one of the make-or-break issues of the transition. Finding an acceptable compromise where consumers and developers both get something out of the deal is going to be tricky. Charge too much, the players will revolt. Charge too little, and the suits could kill the series for not making enough money.