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Sony picks up Insomniac Games, preparing itself for PS5 launch

by Justin Herrick | August 20, 2019August 20, 2019 9:30 am EDT

Sony made an announcement this week that draws one of its longtime partners even closer to itself.

The Japanese company will soon acquire Insomniac Games, the developer behind Ratchet & Clank and Resistance. It’ll fall under the Sony Interactive Entertainment Worldwide Studios banner. With that, Insomniac Games can leverage Sony’s resources while developing games for its platform only.

The deal shouldn’t be a surprise to anyone who’s followed Insomniac Games’ path over the last two-plus decades. It released several PlayStation-exclusive titles until 2013. Finally, the developer created Fuse for both the PlayStation 3 and the Xbox 360. Insomniac Games also released Sunset Overdrive as an exclusive for the Xbox One and Windows in 2014. Since then, the developer has dabbled in multiple platforms but focused on Marvel’s Spider-Man more than anything else.

Released in 2018, Marvel’s Spider-Man arrived only on the PlayStation 4. The game turned out to be a global hit both critically and commercially. So, with the PlayStation 5 approaching, Insomniac Games’ ability to deliver well-received exclusive titles struck Sony as too good to lose.

Other studios under Sony’s ownership include Bend Studio (Syphon FilterDays Gone), Guerilla Games (Killzone), and Naughty Dog (Uncharted, The Last of Us). Sony, unlike Microsoft and its cross-platform strategy, wants a large network of studios to continue rolling out first-party games.

Both sides aren’t saying what’s in the pipeline, but we absolutely expect Insomniac Games to be a major part of the PlayStation 5 and its launch.


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Justin Herrick

Justin's interest in the world of gaming started as a child in the 1990s with the original PlayStation, and two decades later he can't take his