In a surprise announcement, Sony yesterday announced the acquisition of Insomniac Games, the American video game developer known for the Spyro and Ratchet & Clank series , as well as the exclusive Marvel & # 39; s Spiderman from PlayStation 4. The latter has just become the best-selling superhero video game of all time in the US. UU. and also crossed more than 13.2 million copies worldwide as of July 28, 2019.
This new studio acquisition is a great victory for Sony, especially because Marvel's Spiderman He has quickly become a systems vendor for PlayStation 4. "Insomniac Games is one of the most acclaimed development studios in the industry and its legacy of narration and top-level gaming is unmatched," said Shawn Layden, president of SIE WWS . "We have enjoyed a strong partnership with the studio for many years, and we are delighted to officially welcome you to the Worldwide Studios family."
Insomniac Games will be the 14th game developer to integrate Sony Interactive Entertainment (SIE), along with Naughty Dog (Uncharted, The Last of Us), Santa Monica Studio ( God of War) and Guerrilla Games (Horizon Zero Dawn). In comparison, Xbox Game Studios now includes 15 different developers after Microsoft acquired Ninja Theory, Compulsion Games and Double Fine Studios in recent months.
For Xbox fans, Insomniac Games is probably remembered as the developer of Sunset Overdrive, an Xbox One exclusive released in 2014 that has since reached Windows. Sunset Overdrive is often considered one of the best Xbox One exclusives of this generation of consoles, gaining much greater recognition than other Xbox Game Studios titles developed by external developers (Ryse: Son of Rome, ReCore, Super Lucky & # 39 ; s Tale, to name a few).
Speaking to Hollywood Reporter, the president of SIE Worldwide Studios, Shawn Layden, said he was still unsure if the game could reach his finish. way to the PlayStation 4. “As for the IP itself, we have not really delivered the files on that one to see what it really means, to be honest. We like what they've been doing in the Spider-Man franchise and things like Ratchet & Clank are definitely vital series in the present and the future. That's what we're focusing on, "he explained.
Sony has definitely built an impressive list of game studios over the years, but so did Microsoft, who made a big move by acquiring the Minecraft developer Mojang in 2014. However, Microsoft has not been able to launch critically acclaimed player games during this generation of consoles, something Sony currently stands out in. That is something that the Xbox team is definitely willing to address with the Xbox Game Studios' recent expansion, as Phil Spencer recently confirmed on Twitter.
Yes, I can confirm it.With the additions to XGS, we have many teams that have built SP-centric games and we want it to continue.
– Phil Spencer (@ XboxP3) August 7, 2019
The creation of video games requires a lot of work, and we may have to wait a couple of years before the r Recent acquisitions of Microsoft studies really begin to make a difference. With the launch of the Xbox console "Project Scarlett" of PlayStation 5 and next generation next year, we expect Microsoft to have a solid line of first-class games to support its new console at launch.
Further reading: Insomniac Games, Playstation 4, Sony, Sunset Overdrive