Pachter: Insomniac nuts for not going multiplatform

PSUNI: Insomniac Games, our beloved PlayStation developer, has been providing Sony with key franchises for years. Spyro the Dragon, Ratchet & Clank, Resistance; all have been corner stone products from a studio that puts out AAA titles year-on-year, every year. Industry analyst Michael Pachter, who we don’t often listen to, thinks the studio is making a mistake with this exclusive approach.

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zootang2655d ago

Maybe Sony look after these studios. So a good working relationship can be worth more than money. IW had all the money in the world

GWAVE2655d ago

Yeah. Insomniac is nuts to go multiplatform, and it would benefit gamers on all platforms, right? I mean, just look at how awesome FF13 turned out...

*rolls eyes*

Exclusivity = quality. Not to say that every exclusive game is quality, but on average...oh, you get the point.

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silvacrest2655d ago

im sure you enjoyed it but me and others could not even bring our self's to finish the game

thats not to take anything away from good multiplats, i loved batam AA

cant wait for AA2

Theonik2655d ago

"Not to say that every exclusive game is quality, but on average...oh, you get the point."
He did say that not all exclusives are quality. What he meant was that exclusives have more time and resources dedicated to optimising the game to one platform rather than having to port the game over and spend time to make the ports identical.

BeaArthur2654d ago (Edited 2654d ago )

GWAVE...FF13 was going to be the same game whether it was on the 360 or not. I know it's easy for you to try and blame the 360 as though Microsoft somehow coaxed SE into redoing everything they had already worked on in order to move it to the 360 but that just isn't the case. It was way into development before the 360 version was announced.

I don't care if Insomniac wants to go multiplat because I would still by all of their games on the PS3 but unless Sony is willing to grease the wheels they should do whats best for their company. Going multiplat can only increase sales.

SaiyanFury2654d ago

Nuts for not going multiplatform? Why? Because the company they develop for shows them love and gives them lots of perks? Plus, as far as I've seen most of their fans are all PS gamers. Yeah they could go multi and spread themselves out. But why not remain at home, focus on your core audience and keep delivering the amazing triple-A games again and again?

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playstation_clan2654d ago (Edited 2654d ago )

and how is bungie turning out?

EDIT: so developing on the 360 will improve them? FF13, that is all

gamingisnotacrime2654d ago (Edited 2654d ago )

Imsomniac this gen has done things that are not possible on the 360
Resistance 1 32 multiplyer
Resistance 2 ?? multiplayers
Ratchet series CGI visuals (some say Pixar but i think that is pushing it)

Just imagine Imsomniac developers, after being used to BluRay capacity and Cell powered engines going back to DVD and ok hardware. that would be insane, NO DOUBT the quality would suffer, they would just deliver "another" game to the multiplat crowd

Oh and with the PS3 hot hot hot momentum, Why the Fk would they go multi now after enduring PS3's worst years, they know the best is yet to come for the PS3 expansion (domination i say)

IdleLeeSiuLung2654d ago


Exclusivity = quality?

I can name plenty of exclusive games that are turds on all systems.

Meryl2654d ago (Edited 2654d ago )

^^ so can i but most of them are on x360 or wii, it's very rare to see a bad ps3 exclusive

booni32654d ago

but i highly doubt a bit shinier graphics would have changed that.

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TOO PAWNED2655d ago

Pachter is an idiot, we already know that. I guess MM guys should have asked this money hungry pig what to do instead. I am sure they have good reason for being with Sony, something this twat cant understand.

Kain812655d ago

Well said my friend^^

evilmonkey5012654d ago

how many bubbles does it take to actually get a new bubblz now? 10? lol

Spydiggity2654d ago (Edited 2654d ago )

what an incredibly hypocritical thing to say. you may not agree with everything he says, but it's obvious by listening to the man speak that he's hardly an idiot.

i don't agree with much of what he says either. i do, however, recognize that he has FAR more exposure to the industry than we do and knows quite a bit more about trends, money, profits, etc...than 99% of the people on n4g.

no, my friend. i do agree that there is an idiot here, pachter just isn't one of them.

only a fanboy can use a flawed rationale to determine that someone is an idiot merely for expressing a contradicting opinion. how n4g. what a shame that this is now how the rest of us think of n4g. a haven for the lowest form of gamer...a fanboy.

Andronix2655d ago

In this generation there is a roughly split in market between the 360 and PS3, so multi-format makes sense for developers. But when Epic keep Gears of War a 360 exclusive, or Insomniac keep their games PS3 exclusive, then they are doing it because they have a financial or contractual reason for doing so.

Christopher2655d ago (Edited 2655d ago )

Actually, Pachter has said on many occasions that the next Gears should be multiplatform. Pachter honestly believes that there won't be anymore third-party exclusives in the future, only timed and DLC exclusives.

Hate him or not, I can at least respect him for holding an industry-wide opinion rather than one relegated to just one console when it comes to exclusives and third-parties.

As far as Insomniac... there's obviously one heck of a good reason those guys have stuck with Sony all these years. Perhaps it's the team, perhaps it's the benefits, perhaps it's the ladies... whatever it is, it's unlikely that they will be going out just to do multiplatform with whatever it is Sony is doing to keep them happy.

techie2654d ago

He says that in the very same interview actually...but that Epic won't listen.

Bodyboarder_VGamer2654d ago

you people are forgetting one huge important point.

Sony's the publisher of all Insomniac games. If they go multiplat then who's going to publish their games? EA, THQ, Activision?

Insomniac makes big money because Sony pay for everything and considerin that they are a small indie company I do not think they have the power to do multiplat development without another big company funding the project.

Mc Fadge2654d ago

I'm not sure I'd call Insomniac small or indie...

Mo0eY2654d ago

My prediction: Insomniac won't go multiplatform.

Great, can I have my paycheck now?

mastiffchild2654d ago

I'm sure the fact that Ted Price runs a respected, profitable studio with imaginative employees creating critically acclaimed and well supported games will keep him warm at night and easily able to shrug off Pachter's nosey BS.

I understand that Pachter has his point but why single out Insomniac? why not moan about ME or Gears being exclusive to MS platforms when they culd go fully multi as products of independent studios? Seems to me a little bit of anti Insomniac feeling because, maybe, they're seen as a US studio supporting a Japanese company instead of playing with MS(an American one)as well. I say this because it ALWAYS seems a massive issue that they stay making Sony exclusives while Valve , Bioware and Epic seem to only have the requests of Sony gamers rather than any industry figures calling them "nuts" for not going multiplat with certain IPs.

We get rumours that ME(whatever) is going to PS3 but this is non-stop with Insomniac to the point where Price has already felt the need to put a line under it for this generation already. It's the tome of it. the "nuts" part that worries me as I don't see it, or a similar attitude to any other dev currently making exclusives from a non first party standpoint. It's natural to wonder why an independent studio would stay making an exclusive/exclusives but that's where it stops for me with all of them but the media and industry mouthpieces seem to want to go on and on at Insomniac when it's entirely up to them what they do-and it isn't like they took the Valve/Gabe route and badmouthed the other platform AND it's gamers now is it?

Just because they're unusual in the way they do things doesn't make them wrong and nobody can say for certain that Insomniac going multi would benefit them. Maybe they like the time and support and higher chance of making the exact game they want that going exclusive gives them, no? They certainly haven't got into any financial trouble(they're currently expanding and making the first game at their NC studio)while the number of studios that have failed(even those making multiplats) is scary so why are they crazy if it works for them? And anyway, they already as much as said going multi platform is a likely outcome next generation and this one they've already done a lot of work tailoring their engine to PS3. Maybe making it work on Wii/360/PC now would mean bigger costs and more upheaval in money, time and new staff than they feel is viable.
They don't fit with your ideas so they're nuts though, hey Mike?

mantisimo2654d ago

.......but too long, please say everything in no more than 100 words it makes my head hurt!

JayD-1K2654d ago

MC, that's a well thought out observation! and thank you for your insight!

sikbeta2654d ago

Riiiight Pachter, but I'm still waiting for a BRD-Less PS3...


evilmonkey5012654d ago

Patcher is such a dreamer. Seriously, he has to get his ideas from somewhere...Its seems he is not very ahead of the curve in his industry.
In fact, I will go as far to say that some people who visit this site regularly have more of a well rounded viewpoint of this industry than he does.

evilmonkey5012654d ago (Edited 2654d ago )

edit: double post. seriously hating the new n4g comment system.

Cernunnos2654d ago

Ah, the BRD-less PS3 is a Patcher classic^^. Seriously, who's paying this guy?

zeeshan2654d ago

Isn't he suppose to only predict stuff rather than calling other companies nuts?

Persistantthug2654d ago

Sony has decades of experience is dealing with its own creative talent.

Considering this,
it Shouldn't surprise anyone, really.

Reibooi2654d ago

In what way is it possibly a mistake on the part of Insomniac? They have time and time again ranked as one of the best places to work which would mine people have a great time are treated and paid well their. If that's the case staying exclusive is not hurting them.

If they are happy where they are then let them stay there. Some companies don't mind staying put. Not everyone wants to become EA or Activision like in size and output.

Simply put they are happy with what they are doing and employees are treated with the utmost respect so leave it be.

ChickeyCantor2654d ago


The game would have been the EXACT same if it were developed for one console.
GameDesign-Documents are as they are written. FF13 was doomed to be what you think of it now.

And like i said, Just because more time goes into a game, doesn't mean the game itself will be guaranteed a good game.

Cerberus21252654d ago

I'm wit you on that one,there is a reason why Eat Sleep Play is working with Sony of the back.

kingjoker342654d ago

People still listen to patcher?