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Spider-Man PS4 players can’t upgrade to PS5 for free

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Upgrades only available for Spider-Man: Miles Morales Ultimate Edition

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PlayStation 5 owners interested in Marvel’s Spider-Man will have to repurchase the game in a bundle with Spider-Man: Miles Morales for the new console, even if they owned it on PlayStation 4.

Spider-Man: Remastered, the improved version for PlayStation 5, will not have any sort of upgrade path from the PlayStation 4 version, a Sony representative confirmed to Polygon over email. It also will not have transferable save files from the original game.

A Sony representative originally told Kotaku that, “Marvel’s Spider-Man: Remastered is an enhanced version of Marvel’s Spider-Man, and is included as part of Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales Ultimate Edition for the PlayStation 5. In addition, players who purchase Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales on PlayStation 4 can upgrade at no additional cost to the PS5 version of Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales and can take advantage of a paid-upgrade to download Marvel’s Spider-Man: Remastered.”

There aren’t any plans to release Remastered as a stand-alone game.

“Players with a copy of Marvel’s Spider-Man for PS4 can purchase Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales Ultimate Edition to experience Marvel’s Spider-Man: Remastered on PS5,” the rep continued. “Marvel’s Spider-Man for PS4 also will be backwards compatible on PS5.”

The upgraded version of Remastered will come bundled with Spider-Man: Miles Morales Ultimate Edition and will not be available for a separate purchase. Note that Spider-Man: Miles Morales can be upgraded to the PlayStation 5 for free, if you buy the PlayStation 4 version, but it won’t include Spider-Man Remastered unless you upgrade to the Ultimate Edition for $20.

Previously, Sony said that PS4 versions of launch games would include a free upgrade, but since Marvel’s Spider-Man: Remastered isn’t technically a stand-alone launch title, it’s not eligible.

Spider-Man: Miles Morales and its upgraded edition will be released alongside the PlayStation 5 on Nov. 12.