Yesterday, Sony announced that Marvel’s Spider-Man (both base game and its GOTY edition) will be leaving PS Plus Extra and Premium subscriptions soon. The news has been met with a mixed reaction from players, with a large number of fans upset that a first-party game is being pulled.
Marvel’s Spider-Man will leave PS Plus Extra and Premium on May 15, 2023
Sony has never promised to keep its first-party games on PS Plus on a permanent basis. Despite this, fans have noted that the timing of Spider-Man’s removal is peculiar.
Spider-Man will leave the service on May 15th. According to credible leakers, Sony has a major PlayStation showcase scheduled in June, ahead of the Summer Games Fest. With Spider-Man 2 set to release later this year (reportedly September), Sony is expected to begin a major marketing push for the sequel to one of its biggest console exclusives to date.
As a result, removing Spider-Man from PS Plus ahead of Spider-Man 2’s marketing push hasn’t gone down well with fans, who’ve concluded that Sony probably expects to make bank with a spike in the first game’s sales. This is especially noteworthy because Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse is expected to hit theaters in June.