The upcoming Marvel Avengers game has sparked a backlash after it was revealed that Spider-Man would only be in the PlayStation version.
Its developer has stated that the web-slinger will be available as downloadable content (DLC) next year on a single platform.
The game will be released on September 4 on multiple platforms including PS4, Xbox One, and PC.
Fans have suggested the move would see many players missing out on the full gaming experience.
Sony has owned the rights to Spider-Man since 1999.
However, the superhero has appeared in games on multiple consoles and PCs over the years, including games based on the 2014 movie The Amazing Spider-Man and its sequel.
But a recent game, simply titled Spider-Man, was a critically acclaimed PlayStation 4 exclusive title.
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Many fans shared their outrage on social media following Monday’s surprise announcement.
“As a PS and PC player, I’m just going to completely skip Avengers now. It’s such a stupid thing to do, ”complained one player.
“I’m a PlayStation person and still get a little sad and angry when something like Spider-Man or other stuff is only locked on PS. Xbox gamers should really be able to have fun too, ”said another.
Spider-Man will be made available to PlayStation players at no additional cost, and an in-game event will mark the release.
Ludo Medina, co-founder of gaming platform The N-Erd Council, told the BBC the move would force many players to “pick sides”.
“Exclusives are nothing new when it comes to games, but exclusive characters for certain consoles? It’s a whole new territory.
“It’s incredibly unfair to them and leaves the PC and Xbox dry. Players say this forces them to unnecessarily choose between one or the other. ”
Crystal Dynamics has also confirmed that the first character addition after the game’s launch will be the superhero Hawkeye and will be available on all platforms.