Over the past couple of weeks, there has been an absurd “controversy” over the upcoming Spider-Man game from Insomniac. The debate stems from a screenshot comparison between the 2017 and 2018 builds of the game. In the later screenshot, some puddles have been removed, leading some angry fans to accuse Insomniac of a “downgrade.” In response, the expert graphics analysts at Digital Foundry decided to investigate for themselves.
Unsurprisingly, Digital Foundry believes the outrage is unwarranted. While there have obviously been some changes (particularly in terms of lighting), Digital Foundry puts forth that they are artistic choices, not technical downgrades due to insufficient resources or programming. Artistic choices obviously carry a certain degree of subjectivity, but Digital Foundry’s analysis concludes that, overall, the graphics have been upgraded since 2017, not downgraded. Additionally, reviewers already have access to a patch with additional graphical improvements.
You can check out an intensely detailed, half-hour breakdown of the game’s visuals by clicking the video above. Alternatively, you can check out a text-based breakdown on Eurogamer. In short, a vocal minority of fans have been getting upset over nothing substantial.