It wasn’t the most urgent game delay, but it was decidedly odd: The Xbox One was going to be the only platform that didn’t receive a version of the upcoming The Amazing Spider-Man 2 tie-in game. So, imagine the surprise of gamers who logged on to discover that the game is out today, on the Xbox Store, for $59.99… despite the fact that it shouldn’t be there.
What’s worth noting, and what makes this story so weird, is that The Amazing Spider-Man 2 has arrived signed, sealed and delivered with zero comment or explanation from Activision, according to Joystiq. And, in fact, a few quick phone calls to a few local stores indicates that the game is entirely unavailable from retail shops. There aren’t even any Xbox One logos on the game’s official website, and major online retailers claim a release date of July 1st.
So we downloaded a copy to try it out. As far as we can tell, although we haven’t gotten far into the game, it’s a finished product. There are no glaring bugs, no obvious problems, and the game seems to play just as well as the version you can find for other platforms. Granted it’s basically the same game Beenox has been putting out for years, but that’s not a “bug.”
It only deepens the mystery that surrounds The Amazing Spider-Man 2. Activision yanked it from release with no comment or even much of an explanation two weeks ago, and it’s been MIA ever since. It was widely assumed the game had run into some sort of technical issue that needed to be fixed, but unless there’s something we and the players who have been streaming the game on Twitch have missed, that’s not the case. It may have something to do with resolution issues, or some obscure technical matter, but until Activision pipes up, we just don’t know for sure.