Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales has been embraced critically but its sales numbers are not exactly spectacular or amazing. At least not compared to its predecessor. This, according to new data compiled by SuperData. According to the early numbers, the game has sold about 70 percent fewer copies than 2018’s Spider-Man game.
The report states that Miles Morales’ new game sold 663,000 digital copies between the PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 5 at launch. For comparison, Marvel’s Spider-Man sold 2.2 units digitally in that same period. By no means does that make the sequel a failure but it may not be quite what Sony was hoping for. It likely falls somewhere in the between.
Spider-Man became one of the best-selling PS4 games of all time. That made the bar high to clear for its sequel. Not to mention that Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales was a much shorter game. Plus, quite a few players could be waiting to get their hands on a PS5 before playing the follow-up. There are various factors at play here. It’s early in the game’s lifespan.
Here is the synopsis for Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales.
“In the latest adventure in the Marvel’s Spider-Man universe, teenager Miles Morales is adjusting to his new home while following in the footsteps of his mentor, Peter Parker, as a new Spider-Man. But when a fierce power struggle threatens to destroy his new home, the aspiring hero realizes that with great power, there must also come great responsibility. To save all of Marvel’s New York, Miles must take up the mantle of Spider-Man and own it.”
Perhaps most importantly, critics have been quite kind to Spider-Man: Miles Morales. It currently holds an 85 percent approval rating on Metacritic with an average user score of 7.5. One of the primary complaints is that the game simply wasn’t long enough as it was much shorter than the previous adventure, which centered on Peter Parker.
The other factor here is the wider Marvel video game market. 2020 also saw the release of Marvel’s Avengers, which was released for virtually all available consoles and PC. The exception being the Nintendo Switch. On the flipside, critical reaction to the game has been quite mixed and sales have been downright abysmal. So much so that Square Enix reported massive losses back in November.
Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales is available now for the PS4 and PS5.