Sony Acquires Spider-Man Developer Insomniac Games
I think we all remember Marvel's Spider-Man from last year. It was a noteworthy PlayStation 4 exclusive, serving as a shining gem for the console and a standout hit title of the year. Critics and fans alike praised it for pushing the boundaries on in-depth, faithful superhero video games. And naturally, because of all this, it performed very well for Sony. The game went on to break multiple sales records for that year and the PS4's entire life cycle, currently sitting at around 13.2 million copies sold. So, when the news you're reading now dropped in the midst of Gamescom just the other day, it may not have come as a huge shock. Sony announced that they've acquired Spider-Man's developer, Insomniac Games, as part of their group of internal studios. From now on, any games Insomniac puts out will be PlayStation exclusives. A huge get indeed!
Looking at the two companies' histories, it seems only fitting that the two would partner up. You'd be forgiven if you thought Insomniac already was owned by Sony, as they've put out multiple well-known titles over the years exclusively on PlayStation platforms. Most notably, they're responsible for creating the Spyro the Dragon series, and the PlayStation 2's beloved Ratchet & Clank games. Despite that, Insomniac has also worked plenty with other companies and platforms. One of their most notable examples of this was the Xbox-exclusive Sunset Overdrive, which later got ported to PC platforms. They've even forayed into VR. Now that Sony has bought the company, they own these IPs. It's not quite certain what will happen to them as a result of this, though we may see ports of them to PlayStation if all goes well. "Insomniac Games is one of the most highly-acclaimed development studios in the industry and their legacy of best-in-class storytelling and gameplay is unparalleled," stated SIE Worldwide Studios chairman Shawn Layden about the partnership. "We have enjoyed a strong collaborative partnership with the studio for many years, and are thrilled to officially welcome them to the Worldwide Studios family. The addition of Insomniac Games to SIE WWS reiterates our commitment to developing world-class gaming experiences that can only be found on the PlayStation platform."
Ted Price, Insomniac's founder, and CEO were keen to speak out about the purchase as well. "Joining the WWS family gives Insomniac even greater opportunities to achieve our studio vision of making positive and lasting impressions on people's lives," he stated. "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 longtime WWS partners. Most of all, we look forward to delivering fresh, new experiences for our fans." Since its founding in 1994, Insomniac has always remained an independent studio. Going forward under the Sony banner is sure to make things interesting, and it likely means they'll receive additional funding for their games going forward, as is the case with Sony's other internal studios.
Speaking of which, this adds another big player to Sony's lineup. In total, they have fourteen developers under their wings. Some of the most notable ones of late include LittleBigPlanet/Dreams developer Media Molecule and Ghost of Tsushima developer Sucker Punch. Both of these studios are hard at work on some of PlayStation's biggest exclusives, which were shown off last year during their E3 conference. Microsoft, on the other side, has been doing similar things. The company has purchased many notable developers, including Obsidian Entertainment, Double Fine, Ninja Theory, and Compulsion Games; they've made a point to discuss these partnerships at their latest E3 conferences too. With all of these ownership deals, both PlayStation and Xbox are gearing up to create bigger and better exclusives for both sides of the camps. This is especially important timing since the current console generation is winding to a close.