Ratchet & Clank Developer Insomniac Games Purchased by Sony

Published: August 19, 2019 4:36 PM /


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Marvel's Spider-Man developer Insomniac Games has been purchased by Sony.

According to Kotaku's Jason Schreier, Insomniac Games is now an exclusive PlayStation developer, with the company being bought for a currently undisclosed amount at this time. This will make Insomniac Games the 14th purchased development studio now under Sony's brand.

Insomniac Games was founded in 1994 by Ted Price, and has been an independent game developer for nearly 24 years, working primarily on Sony-based systems for most of their tenure. Their biggest franchise is perhaps the Ratchet & Clank series, with the first game in the long-running franchise released in 2002. In total 11 games in the franchise have been released across multiple platforms, including the PS2, PS3, PS4, and PS Vita.

Along with Ratchet & Clank, other major franchises Insomniac have developed included the original Spyro the Dragon trilogy, the Resistance trilogy, and most recently developed the smash hit Marvel's Spider-Man. Spider-Man is the studios most successful game, selling over 13 million copies worldwide, according to Sony.

Insomniac has also been heavily involved recently in the VR space, developing the titles Edge of Nowhere, The Unspoken, Feral Rites and the upcoming Stormland for the Oculus Rift. They also have several iOS and Android games on the market, and recently began branching out to other consoles, most notably Microsoft based consoles such as the Xbox 360 and Xbox One.  Some of their most well known multiplatform games include Sunset Overdrive, for the Xbox One and Microsoft Windows and Song of the Deep, which was also released on the PS4.

It is currently unknown if previous VR titles for the Oculus Rift, including Stormland, will be ported onto the PlayStation VR headset. Currently, none of those games are in the PSVR library.

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