As 2019 release schedules rev up, game studios are starting to offering big discounts on some of last year’s major releases. Last week, Sony took $20 off one of the best games of 2018, Marvel’s Spider-Man, bringing it down to $39.99. The company confirmed to Polygon that it is, in fact, a permanent price drop.
This isn’t the first time we’ve seen Spider-Man at that price. On Black Friday last year, Sony discounted Spider-Man by $20 (in addition to offering it for free in a PlayStation 4 bundle) and the game has been available for $39.99 several times since November. The permanent price drop just makes it official.
Sony can usually be counted on to lower prices on PS4 exclusives pretty soon after release hype has died down, as opposed to Nintendo, who has yet to offer permanent price drops on any major Switch exclusives. In late 2018, PS4 releases God of War, Detroit: Become Human, and the remastered Shadow of the Colossus received similar permanent discounts, even though they were less than a year old.
Spider-Man made Polygon’s list of top ten games of the year. In his GOTY review, Ben Kuchera focused on the relationships between the characters, writing, “Plenty of studios have produced fine Spider-Man games. Insomniac made a great Peter Parker game.”