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Insomniac signs with EA – Are Resistance and Ratchet & Clank coming to the Xbox?

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In some hugely surprising news released overnight it was announced that the highly respected developer, Insomniac Games, has signed a single game, single IP publishing deal with EA Partners.

Insomniac are best know for the Ratchet & Clank series and more recently the Resistance series, so obviously the first question on everyone’s mind is when are these two going to be available on the Xbox 360.

The answer is never. Insomniac and Sony have both clearly communicated that both these IP’s are PlayStation exclusives and will not be making the jump to the Xbox 360.

Rather Insomniac are going to be developing some brand new IP in conjunction EA which will be released on multiple platforms.

The big question really is why would a successful studio walk away from 12 years of Sony exclusivity? According to the Ted Price, founder and CEO of Insomniac games

“Working with EA Partners allows us to extend the reach of our games to a multiplatform audience while retaining ownership of the intellectual property,”

David DeMartini from EA Partners had this to say

“Insomniac is renowned for their commitment to quality and their ability to create unique, exciting worlds for gamers to explore. We look forward to help them bring their next blockbuster franchise to the millions of diehard Insomniac fans on PlayStation and the soon to be millions of diehard Insomniac fans on Xbox 360”

I would have thought that something this big would have waited until E3 but I guess they felt like getting the drop on us and if you are a fan of conspiracy theories then possible Insomniac wanted to take a stab at Guerrilla Games by stealing some of their limelight.

I have mentioned before that Insomniac must get a little pissy about the fact that Killzone received so much financial backing and marketing love from Sony when Resistance was also an awesome shooter and was released on time.

As for EA, it seems they are on a major drive to sign new publishing deals with existing studios and I have to admit that I am glad they are going this route instead of acquiring studios as, good attentions aside, that didn’t seem to work out for most of it’s acquired studios.

Last Updated: May 26, 2010

7 Comments

  1. batman

    May 26, 2010 at 08:50

    How is this surprising?

    It was surprising that they developed exclusively for Sony for so long.

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  2. eltonriley

    May 26, 2010 at 09:03

    I missed out on Ratchet and Clank for far too long and got to play them both recently on PS3 and only then did I realise what I was missing. It’s a pity about these IP’s not moving over as well for other people to experience because they are that good. Only thing is, I notice there is no mention of PC, and only mentions expanding to X360. Smells fishy. Like a few $$$ have changed hands. But that wouldn’t suprise me in the least thats one of the underhanded ways that M$ can get games onto their console. Sounds like a drive from M$ to get EA to woo Insomniac to the other camp. We’ve seen it happen quite a bit over the last 2-3 years. But ok I’m being a bit cynical now, because this news is actually good news for everybody 🙂

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    • ewie

      May 26, 2010 at 09:25

      PC part is most likely about piracy – nothing do do with microsoft.

      Any developer not 1st party would be dumb not to develop
      for multiple consoles, and this would became the norm going forward,

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    • Gavin Mannion

      May 26, 2010 at 09:29

      I also don’t think a company paying a developer to develop on their platform is underhanded at all.

      It just makes good business sense for both sides.

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  3. Headline fails

    May 26, 2010 at 09:47

    From Gameinformer.com

    “Both Insomniac and Sony are being crystal clear about Ratchet and Resistance remaining exclusive to the PS3. Only Insomniac’s new, unnamed new IP will be published by EA Partners and will go multiplatform.”

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    • Gavin Mannion

      May 26, 2010 at 12:16

      “The answer is never. Insomniac and Sony have both clearly communicated that both these IP’s are PlayStation exclusives and will not be making the jump to the Xbox 360.”

      The story sort of answers the question, but why bother reading past a headline.

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  4. Parker

    May 26, 2010 at 17:34

    I’m pretty sure Sony own Resistance and Ratchet anyway. Anyway, looking forward to hearing about this game, Insomniac are one of the most underrated developers today (I say underrated because Bungie are given a shit load of praise whereas Resistance is a far better shooter imo).
    And for those worrying that we won’t be seeing any Resistance or Ratchet in the near future, Insomniac recently opened a new studio branch, so this new IP is most probably being developed there.

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