Submitted by Chrono 904d ago | news

Insomniac finished with single-player-only games

CEO Ted Price says he "can't imagine" studio will make any more single-player-only games; believes technology advancements have allowed for greater social play. (Industry, Insomniac Games)

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DA_SHREDDER  +   904d ago
that sucks
dee-ecks  +   904d ago
Yep, and thats why their newer stuff has sucked ass. They've lost their focus.
Insomniac + Playstation +Single-player=$$$$$$$
Insomniac + Playstation + Multi-player=$$$
Insomniac+Playstation+360+Mul ti-player=$
Hmmmm, the math checks out. Looks like someone forgot who(or what)Brought them to the dance!
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Laxman  +   903d ago
Jeez man, this is a family site - Cover Up! Your fanboy is showing!
doogiebear  +   903d ago
Another developer sells it's soul. Good riddance. Sucker Punch should take over the Ratchet series (the single player), they make fantastic platformers anyway.
Capt-FuzzyPants  +   903d ago
I don't think it sucks that bad. If they still make the single player as good as "A Crack in Time" then I'm fine. Multiplayer is fine with me as long as the sp doesn't take any sort of drop in quality.
Shaman  +   904d ago
Insomniac is finished and thats what happens when companies grow beyond their capabilities and they release games like they are on track. ACIT was great game, RE2 sucked and RE3 was a mess (although SP was enjoyable it was technically poor, and MP sucked). All 4 One is B grade studio kind of game, and from what they have shown with FUSE, they take generic to a whole another level. Hopefully they wake up from this "social" bs crap, and star make games like they did last gen. Great artstyle, lots of character and solid gampeplay because as it stands, they fell of pretty hard.

Just compare Ratchet character with FUSE's. Night and day. If somebody told me FUSE was Silicon Knights game I would believe them. Looks like even more generic Binary Domain only with "cool weapons".
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Heavenly King  +   904d ago
I agree with most. R1 was a nice attempt on the shooting genre that had great potential. R2 went in a different way, but trying to conserve some elements of R1, so it was very inconsistent with the vision of the game. But I like it more than R1 because they made Hale an interesting character, not just a zombie that shoots aliens. It was not a complete change though, they needed to continue with that vision in order to make him a relevant video game character. But in R3 they threw all of that, and yes I also think it was a mess (but in every aspect).

Ratchet and Clank is the best insomniac franchise, if you don't count "one 4 all" that is. A Crack in Time was Spectacular!!!! Hopefully High Impact games can take the torch. The PSP game was really good (but also hard lol).

I dont think they are gonna change the way they are thinking, and that is why Sony did not buy them back then, and that is why the have another publisher right now.

I think, like you said in a comment below, that this new way of thinking is because of the average releases resistance franchise), and they assume that it because their games are not "social" enough.
QuantumWake  +   903d ago
The fact that they also have partnered up with EA kind of unsettles me. We'll see how the game turns out once it's released. But judging by the recent pics, it just looks like another generic shooter.

I wish Insomniac's future the best.
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MySwordIsHeavenly  +   903d ago
"technically poor"

Screw you, man. Resistance 3 had the best story in the series, the best music (BY FAR), the least cheesy dialogue, and much better graphics than the first two titles.
Skate-AK  +   903d ago
One thing that I didnt like is that R2 has way better water effects than R3. I also didnt like the ending of R3 but other then that the game was fantastic. Enough for me to Plat it.
NYC_Gamer  +   904d ago
Insomniac is another victim of the social/mp trend
Shaman  +   904d ago
Its not like thats gamers fault. There are bunch of studios that are SP centric and sell shittone of copies (R*, Bethesda, ND etc.). Its just that they fell of. Simple as that...People come and go when you have world class studio, but when you start putting average games that don't sell, more talent will go out than will come in. Thats whats happening to Insomniac now and thats why Ted is crazy about social bs...

You people may agree or disagree with me, but the fact remains. Insomniacs new game has just been shown couple hours ago and not single article or picture is on front page of N4G. Thats Insomniac new game, not some anonymous studio.
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Carl_Shocker  +   904d ago
"Insomniacs new game has just been shown couple hours ago and not single article or picture is on front page of N4G"

Plus it comes out next March...and we don't know anything about it.

Thats 6 months away...games usualy have a year or over to hype up the game.
f789790  +   904d ago
RIP Insomniac

You had a long run. It was great.
delicia  +   904d ago
Yeah, I'm a huge fan of the R&C series, but really, what happened to them? I mean, SP was their strong point, as they made fun and enjoyable games. R&C games had a lot of replay value, not because of some MP mode, but just because it was a fun series. Damn, how I miss now the PS2 era...
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-Alpha  +   903d ago
^ I know I'll get disagrees, but I didn't like them when they did Resistance. Insomniac will always be to me, a fun, light-hearted, imaginative studio responsible for creating fantastic worlds in Ratchet and Spyro.

I am sad that they have changed so much, especially in a time when we need less of the same mainstream stuff (multiplayer/co-op, shooting, FPS, war) and more of the creative.
Carl_Shocker  +   904d ago
Insomniac are dead to me...

In a few years they'll hit rock bottom, multiplayer will take over their once great single player, they'll become nothing like the devs that made the amazing Spyro games, Rachet and Clank and even hell the Resistance games but least then single player came first

Fun while it lasted....just like Capcom, Square Enix and other developers/publishers to walk this path

EDIT: huh thats odd, it says I'm using my second bubble when I've only commented once on this article......hmmm....whatever
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-Gespenst-  +   904d ago

Well I guess that means no more classic R&C games. Nor a Spyro game, sounds like they'd probably refuse if they were given the chance to develop a new one.
Axecution  +   904d ago
*Looks at the new Ratchet and Clank game with the classic camera coming out*

*Looks at this comment*

*Looks at the agrees*

*Closes browser*
-Gespenst-  +   904d ago
What do you think I mean by "classic" R&C. I don't mean a PSN tower defense game. Just because it has the "classic camera" doesn't make it a classic R&C game. Just seems like Insomniac are just cashing in on trends with Q Force.

I mean a proper platforming adventure game like previous entries.
Der_Kommandant  +   904d ago
No, no, just no!!!!!

I prefer single player games because they offer more unique experiences than MP based games. My problem with multiplayer is that you are usually just doing the same thing over and over and over.
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Ares84HU  +   904d ago
Too bad!! But this doesn't mean they will not be giving us good single-player games. This just means that every game that they will make will have an mp mode of some sort. So I think we shouldn't be worried.
yesmynameissumo  +   904d ago
Shame. Resistance 3 showed me what they were capable of in terms of SP story telling. That game was fantastic. I guess they're now in the "Developers whose games I rent" category. I'm not sold on Fuse.
abzdine  +   904d ago
their last 2 Ratchet games (Q-force and A4O) are by far the worst in the series.
leahcim  +   904d ago
farewell Isomniac (for me at least)
Cajun Chicken  +   904d ago
Okay, but make sure it has a single player mode?
XabiDaChosenOne  +   904d ago
I think this was inevitable, after they "left" Sony I didn't really see them having a bright future. Qnd their games recently... Yea R3 and ACIT were great games in their own right but they have been inconsistent this gen interms of quality. They have lost their touch..kinda of sad really. The Rachet and Clank series holds a special place in my game collection.
DarkTower805  +   904d ago
I agree, but I wouldn't say they lost their "touch", but rather lost their focus and identity. I would think it's because of poor leadership.
XabiDaChosenOne  +   904d ago
Yeah, your right, that's a better choice of words. They are still good, they just don't know how to apply their talents practically anymore.
Freak of Nature  +   904d ago
What I want most is creativity, style, innovation non generic eye candy and gameplay. Non cookie cut games that standout amongst the crowd, I hope they retain what made them,Fuse seems generic and safe, as cookie cut as it gets, Resistance was fair to good (6 to 8's) depending on taste. R &C seems to have gone thee cash cow route, hope that changes again...

At least I still have Media molecule and hopefully the return of Oddworld inhabitants someday...for something risky and stylish with creativity, devs that have not sold out , not that IG have, but EA seems to have had a hand in Fuse already...
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prototypeknuckles  +   904d ago
Insomniac ducked up
spunnups  +   904d ago
I can see R3 being their last great game, now that they are bein influenced by EA, I expect generic copy cat ideas, FUSE looks like a generic TPS with a presumably forgettable single player and a "been there done that" multiplayer, ill wait and see but thats just my opinion thus far
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BigStef71  +   904d ago
And hopefully the new ratchet and clank but I am definitely worried about how Overstrike became FUSE and went from a cool concept to generic one
AusRogo  +   904d ago
:/ well if you're ever going to make another full retail Ratchet and Clank game with multiplayer, please just keep it like Up Your Arsenal. Even though it had mp, the sp was awesome as every other ratchet game. I don't want all the focus on mp. Please don't ruin Ratchet and Clank :(
SlipperyMooseCakes  +   904d ago
I don't mind multi-player as an option in the game as long as it doesn't hinder the single player campaign.
Godmars290  +   904d ago
Social gaming = booo
spartanlemur  +   904d ago
They can do what they like. Too bad they're now going to lose SP-loving customers like me. SinglePlayer is the future anyway. Advanced AI with voice synthesis will soon grant us far more immersive experiences than MP.
Godmars290  +   904d ago
Or, every other company could just be as lazy and rely on their customer base and MP.
smashcrashbash  +   904d ago
Well Insomniac if you become one of those companies that jam MP into a game whether it needs it or not then you are no longer welcome in my gaming library. I am not going to contribute to the decline of SP by funding this sudden jump to hardwire MP into everything instead of trying to make your SP replayable you make time wasters just to lengthen the life of your game. If you become like that then goodbye. I understand why you are doing what you are doing but that doesn't mean I will help you do it. A tree in a dry place has to do what it needs to to survive but as a result it could become ugly, twisted and gnarled which is what you might very well become.
DigitalRaptor  +   903d ago
Looks like the golden age of single player gaming is behind us. With EA not publishing any game without multiplayer, and now Insomniac too partly due to their publishing deal with EA. Sony will be looking for excuses to tack on multiplayer to games to justify their online passes. Well it's only a matter of time until other publishers follow suit, and instead of the shooter genre imploding on itself, it grows even more. Fuuuuuuuuuuu-

I seriously and passionately long for an industry that is obsessed with action/adventure/platformers rather than multiplayer FPS games. If any online FPS, make it another TimeSplitters please!!!!

If the "shooter" becomes even more popular next gen, I'll probably just sit down, cry, and go play some indie games on my PC.
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smashcrashbash  +   903d ago
I wouldn't go so far as yet. There are still people who still believe in SP and I hope they continue to.Besides there is no guarantee that Insomniac will necessarily make bad MP to go with their games. But if they go down that road then I no longer want anything to do with Insomniac. I already dislike them for making that Outernauts thing on Facebook. I expected better from them then that.Every developer that abandons SP to work on MP claiming the MP is good while short changing us on single player is no longer any good in my eyes.I am sure someone will buy their games. It just won't be me.
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vickers500  +   904d ago
I'll wait to see their next couple of games before I start whining like an overly dramatic little girl like the rest of you who have given up on insomniac, based on what, one or two bad games (resistance 2 and all 4 one) and a statement that simply claims they will be adding an extra mode to all of their games now? As long as the quality of their single player games stay in tact, then they should be fine.

As far as Overstrike turning into Fuse, well maybe the change is for the better. I seem to recall nobody here on n4g being excited for Overstrike in the first place, as the comments sections were littered with "this is going to suck because insomniac went multiplatform" fanboy comments with way more agrees than disagrees.

Jesus people, at least give them a chance before you give up on them.
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Heavenly King  +   904d ago
Hopefully High Impact games can take the torch of the Ratchet and Clank franchise. Their PSP games were really good.

I want another awesome R&C game like a Crack in time!!!
Sketchy_Galore  +   904d ago
Great pic for the article, Ratchet's face says it all.
Meep  +   904d ago
I don't see a problem. It's definitely an understandable decision. Nowadays its a lot harder to justify a game with a 60 price tag that have no multi-player. In the end, as long as they are able to pump out great games, they will make themselves and the consumers happy.
KMCROC54  +   903d ago
Nowadays its a lot harder to justify a game with a 60 price tag. to who ,games have always been expensive & single player oriented. MP is just a drummed up concept by some tool, i prefer a great single player campaign than rather a game where i have to play with any douchebag out that even includes my dumb-ass friends.
Meep  +   903d ago
To me? Their are tons of games out now, and I don't have tons of money, and I want something that can get the best out of my buck. I don't see why they can't just make a great SP with multi-player? I always appreciate a great Single-player mode and there are some I still play every now and then (Dragon age: Origins being number 1). You say that games have always been single-player orientated, but time changes things. Things evolve and so does gaming. Also play some online games friends that aren't dumb.

On PC (also PSN and XBLA) there are tons of Indie games now rising with SP that are awesome for about $10-$40. So to me, why should I buy a $60 Single-player game when I can get 2-3 SP games on steam, and maybe have some money left over for a Klondike bar.
KMCROC54  +   903d ago
That kind of sucks cause not everyone is into King of the hill,CTF,HM or even that jumping mode where an uninvited person jumps in & screws up your game.some of us still like thee individual solo campaign or the puzzle solving challenges offered in single player mode. if i have to play game with others forcefully then it's time to stop gaming .
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