The hackers who stole personal information and internal data from Marvel’s Spider-Man developer Insomniac have released around 1.67 terabytes of data on the Internet. They previously held the data at ransom and demanded $2m from Sony, which the publishing giant has seemingly refused to pay for.

According to Cyber Daily, the data leak contained more than 1.3 million files, various images and videos from Marvel’s Wolverine, personal staff data, and even the contract signed by both Marvel and Sony for future projects.

For Wolverine, the leak not only contained several in-game footage but also the game’s cast, a list of characters and locations, the entire plot, and the target release date.

Below is a summary of what we have learned from the leak so far, and they may contain spoilers – so reader beware!

  • There are several Marvel projects in the works at Insomniac, with a list of planned games including Marvel’s Venom in 2025, Marvel’s Wolverine in 2026, Marvel’s Spider-Man 3 in 2028, a new Ratchet and Clank game in 2029, Marvel’s X-Men in 2030, and two new untitled IPs to release in 2031/2032, and 2035.
  • An extended roadmap from Insomniac also suggests that they are working on several online versions based on their slate of Marvel games. This includes Spider-Man 2 Online for 2024, Wolverine Online for 2026, and X-Men Online for 2028.
  • The Venom was further detailed. The game will be called Venom: Lethal Protector, and will be a Miles Morales-esque interstitial between Spider-Man 2 and Spider-Man 3. If Miles Morales is anything to go by, Venom will be a compact 8-10 hour experience and might cost anywhere between $50-$60.
  • The leak also suggests that Spider-Man 2 may launch in two parts – one in 2027 and the other in 2028 – with a “combo” game scheduled for sometime in 2029.
  • In the contract leak between Marvel and Sony, it was revealed that Sony has exclusive rights to the X-Men property and characters (barring some exceptions) until 2035
  • The budget for the X-Men game is said to be around $120m, with $30m set aside for marketing.
  • All X-Men games will be a PlayStation exclusive, with a PC release planned sometime after that.
  • Sony is required to sell at least 6m units on PS5/PC “combined of one of the three major titles in the first after its PlayStation console release”, failing to do so will allow either party to terminate the contract.
  • If Sony chooses to terminate the contract, they must Marvel $9,000, “plus all unpaid portions of all guarantees.” If Marvel terminates the contract, the foregoing fees will be “waived” and they can walk away from developing any future titles with Sony.
  • In another slide, lifetime unit sales and profits for Insomniac’s previous titles were also revealed. According to the leak, Miles Morales sold 10.2m units and made a profit of $104m (an ROI of 122%), Spider-Man 1 Remaster sold 4m and netted a profit of $11m (48% ROI), Spider-Man 2 has sold 10.5m so far and made $75m in profits (35% ROI), while projected sales for Spider-Man 3 is pegged at 14.5m units and 10m units for Wolverine.
  • The same slide also revealed that Ratchet & Clank was a commercial failure despite selling 2.2m units. The game managed to generate only $73m in revenue at $81m development cost, losing $8m in the process, or having a -10% ROI.
  • Marvel’s royalty cut was also detailed: the company are allowed to take a cut of 9%-18% of digital sales; 19%-26% of physical sales; 19%-26% of DLC sales; and 35%-50% of all wholesale hardware bundles.

Sony isn’t the first company to face such a massive data breach. In 2020, Capcom suffered the same fate, which revealed a number of unannounced games, including Dragon’sm Dogma 2 and Street Fighter 6. NVIDIA also saw a data breach which revealed unannounced and upcoming titles from a variety of third-party developers.

Mufaddal Fakhruddin
Mufaddal Fakhruddin

Mufaddal Fakhruddin has been writing about games and technology for the past 15 years. He has lost count as to how many reviews he has written over the years, but he is sure headphone reviews make up at least 70% of that.


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