A noted graphic designer creates box art for a hypothetical, Insomniac-developed PS5 remaster of Spider-Man: Shattered Dimensions and fringe of Time.
With Marvel’s Spider-Man 2 officially on the horizon, one talented graphic designer imagines past Spidey titles like Spider-Man: Shattered Dimensions and Spider-Man: a fringe of Time would appear as if remastered on the PlayStation 5 with a pair of cool box art mock-ups. Years before Insomniac redefined Marvel’s favourite web-slinger with the critically acclaimed Marvel’s Spider-Man, Crash Bandicoot 4: It’s About Time developer Beenox rebooted the franchise with a duology of reasonably-received superhero adventures during the PlayStation 3/Xbox 360 generation.
Just as Marvel’s Spider-Man 2 could specialise in multiple playable characters like Peter Parker, Miles Morales, and possibly Harry Osborn’s Venom, Shattered Dimensions and fringe of Time put the spotlight on a number of the various iterations of the wall-crawling warrior as they banded together across multiple timelines and various gameplay styles. 2010’s Spider-Man: Shattered Dimensions saw the normal 616 “Amazing” Spider-Man, the 2000’s-era Ultimate Spider-Man (who during this version wore the symbiotic Black Suit commonly related to Venom), the good Depression-era Spider-Man Noir, and therefore the futuristic Spider-Man 2099 collaborate across realities to prevent Mysterio from taking up the multiverse. The 2011 follow-up, Spider-Man: a fringe of Time, scaled the roster of Spider-Men back to only Amazing Spider-Man and Spider-Man 2099 but featured timeline-switching gameplay that allowed players to change the trail for one among the heroes through the other’s actions as they worked to stop the death of Peter Parker. Both games were fairly memorable among Spider-fans, but they hadn’t seen a politician rerelease since 2014, when Activision lost its ownership of the Spider-Man license.
As reported by Game Rant, The Escapist graphic designer Rock Rider recently posted mock-ups of Spider-Man: Shattered Dimensions and Spider-Man: fringe of Time box art for the PlayStation 5 on Twitter. These fan-rendered covers imagine what the games would appear as if Insomniac remastered them for the present console generation, featuring re-rendered versions of the four main Spideys within the case of Shattered Dimensions and a battle-worn Amazing Spider-Man with a mirrored image of Spider-Man 2099 in his eye for the fringe of Time. The Shattered Dimensions art had to use a replacement for the ultimate Spider-Man’s symbiote suit, but otherwise it all looks quite accurate.
Have some love for the classics, how about a PS5 Remastered version for Shattered Dimensions and Edge Of Time with @insomniacgames verse 👀#SpiderManPS5 #BoxArt #RRconceptual pic.twitter.com/A6Ga49uk32
— Rock Rìder (@ursRockrider) September 19, 2021
While Insomniac didn’t develop the first versions of Spider-Man: Shattered Dimensions or Spider-Man: fringe of Time, one among the prolific PlayStation studio’s most up-to-date titles shares some themes and gameplay with these two dimension-hopping superhero escapades. Just this year, Insomniac released Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart, which featured an alternate reality version of the titular duo that joined forces with their prime counterparts to defeat a multiversal threat – a bit like the heroes of Beenox’s first two Spider-Man outings. Rift Apart received high praise from fans and critics alike thanks to its dimension-warping Rift gameplay, which allowed players to seamlessly transition through portals to other parts of a given level – something that isn’t that far far away from the fringe of Time constantly switching between the 2 Spideys without the maximum amount as a loading screen.
Given how familiar Insomniac is with the sort of trans-dimensional gameplay Spider-Man: Shattered Dimensions and fringe of Time employed and with not one but two interlocking Marvel games within the works, it might certainly be interesting to ascertain the developer bring back a number of the games that arguably helped make its combat Spider-Man possible in an updated remaster. In the meantime, fans can anticipate Marvel’s Spider-Man 2, which is currently set to launch as a PlayStation 5 exclusive sometime in 2023.