Sony has purchased Insomniac Games, the developers behind Marvel’s Spider-Man, meaning that the company will now focus on PlayStation exclusives.
In a press release announcing the news, Sony Interactive Entertainment Worldwide Studios Chairman, Shawn Layden, said:
“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. 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.”
While Ted Price, founder and CEO of Insomniac Games for the last 25 years, said:
“Joining the WWS family gives Insomniac even greater opportunities to achieve our studio vision of making positive and lasting impressions on people’s lives. We’ve enjoyed a special relationship with PlayStation practically since our inception. Our partnership amplifies our potential, and 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.”
Of course, Insomniac Games have a long-standing relationship with Sony anyway, having released numerous titles for Sony consoles over their 25 year history, including franchises such as Spyro the Dragon, Resistance, and Ratchet & Clank. In fact, only Sunset Overdrive would probably be considered as a notable title developed by Insomniac that isn’t available on a Sony console.
Despite all of that, there’s no doubt in my mind that it’s the runaway success of Marvel’s Spider-Man that has instigated Sony’s decision to purchase Insomniac, and it’s surely some form of response to Microsoft’s recent purchases of numerous developers as we head towards the next generation of consoles.