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Sony Buys Spider-Man Developer Insomniac Games

Sony has purchased the independent developer Insomniac Games, best known for last year’s Spider-Man on PS4.

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Direct444763d ago

Ok, WHAT !? Welcome back, INSOMNIAC. We miss you so much.

-Foxtrot763d ago

Holy Shit

See...THIS makes sense, they have a real history with one another

Direct444763d ago

Yeah, but that was unexpected.

Eonjay763d ago (Edited 763d ago )

Well damn. There it is.
Their First Party Studio Lineup is second to none now just as it was before.

Now we sit back and wait for articles stating how Sony is hurting the industry with this purchase after Microsoft bought 7 different ones and people applauded. Wait for it.

Kribwalker763d ago

I really wish sony would build new studios from the ground up instead of buying already established studios that make multiplat games

hawkeyejonjon763d ago

@Kribwalker Same exact thing can be said about Microsoft so what is the problem with Sony buying studios but its fine for Microsoft? Microsoft should have built studios instead of buying Ninja Theory, Obsidian, Double Fine, etc and they should have gotten criticized for it than instead of getting praised.

rainslacker763d ago (Edited 763d ago )

@Krib

I think Insomniac has made a total of 1 multiplat game in the last 15 years, and it was a commercial failure.

I guess you could include SSoD since it eventually went to PC.

Maybe if you include the games that came from Insomniac East, but I'd wager not many here could list a single game from that part of their company without going to look it up.

Direct444763d ago

@Aeery @kribwalker ok, why ? If Microsoft can buy studio, why can’t Sony do it ?

ziggurcat763d ago

@krib

"I really wish sony would build new studios from the ground up instead of buying already established studios that make multiplat games"

They already do.

Christopher763d ago (Edited 763d ago )

Hate on Kribwalker all you want, but a lot of people here were saying just that when MS bought Playground Games and Undead Labs.

But, recognize the other side of this hypocrisy as well. There were people here just last week trying to tell us how Insomniac bought its way out of Sony, made their own games, and how another company who was expanding from just PS4 to now PC games is of utmost importance to consider for their relationship to Sony. It apparently put a lot of things into perspective? But, let's ignore how a company who previously wanted to stay as independent as possible, did that, and yet Sony accepted them back without question and now they've decided to be owned by that same company?

To me, this looks like Sony doing the same as Microsoft, putting their house in order for the next generation and ensuring the companies they want on their team are there and those they can't afford to keep exclusive are given the freedom to do what they want.

We should all stop bickering over how these companies do it or trying to speculate as to the intent and perspective behind them, let alone think that just because a company is no longer exclusive to another that it means they aren't still well supported and loved by the people who got them to where they are.

Fluttershy77763d ago

And what DOESN'T make sense?

-Foxtrot763d ago (Edited 763d ago )

@Christopher & Kribwalker

There is a HUGE difference buying someone who has worked with you for a very long period of time then buying a studio who you've hardly ever batted an eyelid to

The one studio people have said Sony should buy is Insomniac because they've been by Sony's side since the PS1 creating a classic such as Spyro the Dragon, then Ratchet & Clank. then Resistance and now Spiderman. Unlike someone such as Microsoft buying Ninja Theory or Double Fine.

No one really had a huge issue with Microsoft buying Playground Games and Undead Labs because at the end of the day they had worked with them a little before hand. The only issue people had was why not create studios from the ground up aswell as that but they only did one then bought Obsidian, Double Fine, Ninja Theory, I mean really?

It would be more of a case and point if Sony bought Remedy for example

AspiringProGenji763d ago

What hypocrisy @Christopher?

Sony has build a lot of studios from the ground up and are still doing it (pixelopus and the rumored news studio). He would have been right if Sony weren’t building studios themselves, but they are. Where’s his logic?

I know a lot of people have say that to MS because they barely build studios themselves, but Sony has already built studios themselves and keep doing that. Also for the record you could say Sony has built insomniac in some way

Maybe when he says something that makes sense and not in spite to any good news about PS people here won’t hate him, because all the studios that Sony has built and keep building have proven his argument moot

Christopher763d ago (Edited 763d ago )

***There is a HUGE difference buying someone who has worked with you for a very long period of time then buying a studio who you've hardly ever batted an eyelid to ***

You guys are just creating your own rules and ignoring the cracks within them, IMHO.

And I say the same to the other side.

It was okay to make SFV PS4 only, but Tomb Raider 1-year was bad because whatever. Nah, they were both bad for gamers. End of story.

Now it's okay to buy a studio only when you've worked with them for years? I think the developers of Ninja Theory, Obsidian, and Double Fine have said the exact opposite and have been given a lot of freedom and reason to continue to exist from these purchases. But, the only way others will accept it is if they don't continue to exist and Microsoft creates new studios from the rubble? Or if Microsoft hires only the best from each of those studios to create new ones to make the same games those studios would have made?

Just silly, IMHO. All of it.

lalalala763d ago

Great news imo, loved Insomniac games since Ratchet and Spiderman was proof they are still relevant.

Babadook7763d ago

This is kind of like when Microsoft bought ninja theory except Microsoft had no relationship with ninja. Sony has long had a great relationship with insomniac.

darthv72763d ago (Edited 763d ago )

Please sony... green light SSOD2 and let them make SSOD1 as a freebie bonus.

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RememberThe357763d ago

Classic N4G arguments:

Some random person says something that's then attributed to an entire group that now has to answer for it. Forget all the PS fans applauding MS for finally taking publishing seriously again, let's focus on the asshats that say negative crap no matter what and try to hold every PS fan accountable for what said asshats had to say.

That fact that Christopher is coming to the defense of Krib is laughable. Krib stretches reality more than most around here. And to ignore the nuance of who Insomniac is and their relationship with Sony just to call out people who may have never had the point of view your arguing against is just ridiculous.

Neonridr763d ago

@Eonjay - well that depends, were Sony fans criticizing MS's practices of buying up studios? Because if that's the case then it would be hypocritical of Sony fans to act like they are above such tactics..

I, for one, applaud this decision. They have a solid history together and it makes sense.

The Wood763d ago (Edited 763d ago )

'No one really had a huge issue with Microsoft buying Playground Games and Undead Labs because at the end of the day they had worked with them a little before hand. The only issue people had was why not create studios from the ground up aswell as that but they only did one then bought Obsidian, Double Fine, Ninja Theory, I mean really?

It would be more of a case and point if Sony bought Remedy for example'

Spot on fox

I didn't see too much complaints about Microsoft's purchases especially the two Chris mentioned. I think krib was being sly with his comment and mirroring what some ps fans may have said. . .fair enough. My answer to that was Sony do both. Grow and acquire so that's not 'hating on krib' it's disagreeing with the notion Sony don't build from scratch. What say you

Christopher763d ago

***That fact that Christopher is coming to the defense of Krib is laughable.***

Beside the fact that I immediately called out his own hypocrisy...

But, don't worry, when you have something worth defending, I'll defend you as well. 😉

OB1Biker763d ago (Edited 763d ago )

@Christopher
No
It's not because some silly comments about Ms acquisition were made that you have to do the same silly comments about Insomniacs.
Everyone actually knows there s absolutely no denying the studio and Sony are a perfect fit.

The hypocrisy is to pretend there's a problem here

SkatterBrain763d ago (Edited 763d ago )

I Wonder what would have happened if Bungie had stayed under Rockstar Games after releasing ONI and theyre would have been no PS2 Grand Theft Auto vs Microsoft Halo fight back then, i wonder if the Xbox would have been where it is now if they didnt buy Bungie those were the 2 biggest games around the early 2000s

bouzebbal763d ago (Edited 763d ago )

Now I want more Resistance and Ratchet please IG!!!

Krib: your likes are hopeless

SkatterBrain763d ago

Time To Make A New Resistance for PS5 with a whole new arsenal of creative Weapons

Christopher763d ago

***The hypocrisy is to pretend there's a problem here***

Neither Kribwalker nor I have a problem with this sale. (Yeah, I am speaking on Krib's behalf and without his permission.)

He was just pointing out how different this news was taken by people who criticize other companies for the same thing.

I find this news to be great for Sony, and hopefully just as good for Insomniac if it means Sony continues to let them flex their wings and make new IPs.

DarXyde763d ago

Indeed.

I previously stated the acquisition was unlikely based on Price's previous statements and the fact that Insomniac was pretty comfortable being partners with a Sony. Insomniac is a huge acquisition. Huge.

I can accept that I was wrong. Now, if you'll excuse me, I need to cancel my dinner plans. I was planning for a nice evening out, but it seems like I will only need my hat and a microwave tonight.

Kribwalker763d ago

@Christopher
“Neither Kribwalker nor I have a problem with this sale. (Yeah, I am speaking on Krib's behalf and without his permission.)

He was just pointing out how different this news was taken by people who criticize other companies for the same thing. ”

Exactly. And it was the same comment made by the OG poster, who has now spun it around as to make himself not look the hypocrite.

I hope sony buying Insomniac paves the way for sunset overdrive 2, as MS surely wasn’t getting made and i loved the first one and would love a sequel, anywhere really.

UltraNova763d ago (Edited 763d ago )

Chris,

"You guys are just creating your own rules and ignoring the cracks within them, IMHO."

No, you are too proud to admit that you are ignoring the whole wall for some cracks on it because it suits your current argument.

I've been here long enough to know your logic's extend and Foxtrot's argument is valid and you damn know it. Insomniac is for all intents and purposes synonymous with Sony, now it's just official. This is not a case of Sony buying a truly multiplatform dev like recent MS aqcuisitions.

It truly is a very different situation here. It doesn't make it right or wrong mind you but different. Even the hypothetical Sony buying Remedy case demonstrates this difference clear as day.

That said, I do agree that buying multiplatform game exclusivity (1 year or whatever) is wrong and both Sony and MS are to blame here.

And a piece of friendly advice, next time choose a more neutral comment to support (you seem to like that) rather than the most trolling one on the entire thread.

Direct444763d ago

@Chris You know Foxtrot has a point, right ?

derektweed1763d ago

@Kribwalker

Don't worry, I got the joke.

Seems no one here has a sense of humor lol

fr0sty763d ago

It was meant to be. Welcome home, Ratchet & Clank.

Unspoken763d ago

Terrible news. Insomniac had some pretty good VR games. Sony ruining it again for gamers.

The hypocrisy is real.

IRetrouk762d ago

@ unspoken, doesn't sony currently have the biggest presence in vr? How is insominacs work on vr and being bought by a company who is pushing vr a bad thing? Isnt sony talking about publishing games on other platforms to reach a bigger audience? Could that not also involve their vr stuff, especially as it seems it's the pc they are talking about. I dont see it as a bad thing.

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GTgamer763d ago (Edited 763d ago )

Hell yeahhhhhhh next up Kojima productions I guarantee it.

Parasidious763d ago

I wouldn't be mad at that. 😁

neomahi763d ago

I hope, but I doubt it.

Segata763d ago

I honestly wonder why it has not happened yet. That and QD.

xer0763d ago (Edited 763d ago )

It's a good investment. Insomniac are a safe bet.
They have a good record.

I guess Sony were under pressure by Microsoft.

No more Sunset overdrive by Insomniac... I believe the IP still belongs to Insomniac.
Microsoft only published it.

Eonjay763d ago

It could come back on PlayStation.

Slappy McGee763d ago

You're right, the reason Insomniac made Sunset Overdrive for Xbox is because MS allowed them to keep ownership of the IP. Now Sony can make it for PlayStation if they want.

https://www.gamespot.com/ar...

alb1899763d ago

They were almost exclusive like Playground for MS but for sure is good to secure the heavy hitters.

rainslacker763d ago (Edited 763d ago )

Wow. I knew a lot of people said this should always happen, but I never though it would.

Insomniac is....or was...a huge indie dev. I don't think people realize they aren't just some small developer making one game at a time. They have 2 big studios on each side of the US. One is the one that makes their big games, the other makes mostly mobile or browser based games.

I wonder if they had something in the deal for Sony to fund some game they wanted to make as well. I know they had some games they wanted to make but couldn't get funding.

@Kotaku

"Best known for Spider-Man".

really? Ratchet and Clank and Resistance are not known properties?

xer0763d ago

That's a good question. It wouldn't surprise me.

ApocalypseShadow763d ago (Edited 763d ago )

Don't forget they make good VR games like Stormland

KillZallthebeast763d ago

My guess is most people are too young to remember the spyro franchise on ps1 and ratchet on ps2.

Neonridr763d ago

@Apocalypse Shadow - they also made Edge of Nowhere and Unspoken for the Rift. Maybe there will be a way to get PSVR versions of those two games (although Oculus did fund them, so not sure if there is any exclusive rights there or not). But really enjoyable titles regardless.

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AspiringProGenji763d ago

@Krib

they are doing that with PixelOpus. They started with a 50 something meta game called entwined, and now look at the growing wirh Concrete Genie

Besides you could say Sony has been a big factor in Insomniac's growth.

Say what now?

V10Elit3x763d ago

@Krib. So hypocritical of you. MS did exactly the same but maaaany more got purchased by Microsoft, so please stop being a fanboy

Rynxie763d ago

Yes, resistance please!!!!

IamTylerDurden1763d ago (Edited 763d ago )

Bombshell.

This is by far the biggest acquisition this gen by any of the big 3. Incredible news as Insomniac is currently a huge, multifaceted studio with a sterling track record. They are also on fire recently with the stellar spider-man, R&C, and an awesome looking VR game called Stormland currently in development.

techies763d ago

Great, Now WHERE IS MY RESISTANCE!

hulk_bash1987763d ago

An IG developed Resistance sequel is looking more likely. Insomniac has always been one of my favorite developers in gaming. Congrats to Sony and IG for such an amazing partnership. IG is amazingly talented and I cant wait for all the games to come from them.

neutralgamer1992763d ago

I said this months ago and got PM saying how wrong I was and how I knew nothing well I am waiting for those same people to PM me back with sincere apologies 😂

BTW here is what's next

Kojima
Bluepoint

QD were in line but they want to try all platforms and a company invested big money into buying share of the company

Don't be surprised if Sony buys out

2 of these 3

Camcom
Sega
Take two

Remember that rumor about Sony and take two don't sleep on it. Sony ceo pretty much believes playstation is its bread and butter and unlike ms which had other avenues of generating big time money for Sony playstation matters more than Xbox matters to ms

And I know people won't believe it but wait got TGS that's when we will hear about Japanese developers at PSX we will hear about 1-2 more studios

And at Ps5 reveal they will bring the hammer down

BTW ms made offer to insomniac too but insomniac actually came to Sony about this. They much rather go with a publisher they trust

outsider1624763d ago

Christ!! Can you imagine Sony buying Take Two??
That's a Mega Bomb right there.

AngelicIceDiamond763d ago

Easy pickings from Sony their history says it all. Sony said it themselves that content is at a all time high, Insomniac was heavily speculated. can't wait to see what they produce exclusively from Sony this point on.

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Muzikguy763d ago (Edited 763d ago )

I know a lot of people were guessing this would happen but this is great news. This is the kind of acquisition that makes sense. Now I really hope to see a revival of the Resistance franchise next gen. If that happens I'll get back to paying for PS Plus. Hear that Sony? Lol

NeoGamer232763d ago

Not really surprising. Their games always did best on the PS platform and they have a close relationship with Sony.

Good to see Sony stocking up on first party devts again.

outsider1624763d ago

Congratulations to Sony and Insomniac.

Yui_Suzumiya760d ago

About time they bought them

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milohighclub763d ago (Edited 763d ago )

Hahaha, YO!! Now that's an acquisition!! 👏

robtion763d ago

Back when Naughty Dog were making Jack and Daxter and Insomniac were developing Ratchet and Clank I thought both these studios were on par. Back then they shared technology and it seemed quite a bit of dna.

I think Insomniac could be a Naughty Dog level developer now that they have access to 1st party resources.