The creators of Ratchet & Clank and Sunset Overdrive are to be acquired by Sony, ensuring they work only on PlayStation from now on.
After 25 years of courtship, Sony has finally put a ring on Insomniac Games, as they announce plans to acquire the company and make them a first party studio.
You could be forgiven for thinking they already were as most of their big games, like Spyro The Dragon, Ratchet & Clank, Resistance, and Marvel’s Spider-Man have been PlayStation exclusives.
They have made multiformat games though, like the ill-fated Fuse for EA, a number of mobile titles, and Xbox One launch exclusive Sunset Overdrive.
There’s no chance they’ll ever work on that again though and it’s likely that Sony chose now to buy them to keep them out of Microsoft’s (or Stadia’s) clutches and to get them focused on a new Spider-Man game.
A follow-up to Marvel’s Spider-Man hasn’t been announced but given its enormous success it’s always seemed a given – and now more than ever.
No specific reason has been given for the move, with Sony merely praising Insomniac as ‘one of the most highly-acclaimed development studios in the industry’.
‘Joining the WWS [Sony World Wide Studios] family gives Insomniac even greater opportunities to achieve our studio vision of making positive and lasting impressions on people’s lives,’ said Insomniac boss Ted Price.
‘We’ve enjoyed a special relationship with PlayStation practically since our inception. Our partnership amplifies our potential, and Marvel’s Spider-Man was a testament to this. We’re excited to take the next step in our growth alongside our long-time WWS partners. Most of all, we look forward to delivering fresh, new experiences for our fans.’
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