Insomniac have been a PlayStation-exclusive developer for 15 years, being responsible for some of the system’s seller franchises including Ratchet & Clank and Resistance, but a minority of PS3 fans have gone into panic mode over their first multiplatform title, Overstrike. Insomniac have letEurogamer know that PS3 fans shouldn’t be worried and that the studio will remain committed to their original fanbase, despite entering the world of multiplatform development.
“We recognise we have a very loyal fanbase among Sony players, and we love them,” Insomniac boss Ted Price said, when talking to Eurogamer at E3.
Ted price then explained that EA’s partnership with the developer means they’ve been able to enter a market that’s interested them before, while remaining loyal to their existing customers. “We’re definitely dedicated to them. However, we’ve always wanted to reach out to an even broader audience. The Xbox 360 audience has been a viable, vibrant audience for a long time. This was just a chance to do that.” he said.
The main reason for Insomniac’s multiplatform adventure is that they’ll own the rights to their new IP, which is being published by EA. “We’ve loved having Sony as a partner for many years, and we’re continuing to work with Sony. However, Sony owns the IP. That’s great. We’ve wanted to be able to control our destiny a little bit more in a more solid way” Price explained.
This definitely doesn’t mark the end of Resistance or Ratchet & Clank and I don’t think there’s any chance of Sony giving the two projects over to anybody else. With Resistance 3 and Ratchet & Clank: All For One both in development, I think we can expect to see the franchises going strong for another few years, with Insomniac at the helm.
In case you missed it, the trailer for Insomniac’s multiplatform outing is below. Overstrike is a 4 player co-op adventure, based around a team of misfits who go by the name of Overstrike 9.