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.
We’ve actually already reported on rumours that Insomniac Games is going multiplatform with a new IP. The company has now opened a sister studio in North Carolina, which is working on its own game. It’s a big possibility that this studio’s first game will be multiplatform. In fact, it’s very much the elephant in the room.
Insomniac’s one-year schedule most likely ruled out working on other platforms previously, but now the option is certainly there. And the pressure to do so has come from Pachter. He told Eurogamer:
“I’ve told the Insomniac guys repeatedly. They don’t own the Ratchet & Clank IP or the Resistance IP but they’re such good developers. I’m like, ‘Why aren’t you guys doing multi-platform? Your games would sell.’ As if those guys couldn’t create something – of course they could. It’s not like Sony came up with the art and graphics on Ratchet & Clank.
“The Insomniac guys are nuts not to do multi-platform. But they like their deal with Sony, so they’ll keep doing exclusives. LittleBigPlanet guys, Media Molecule, I feel the same way. What were they thinking selling to Sony? They must be Liberal Democrats!”
We personally think that Media Molecule loves its little big deal with Sony, but that’s not for us to say. Would you be upset if Insomniac went multiplatform? Remember Ratchet and Resistance will stay put, Sony owns those IPs.