Dear Insomniac: PlayStation Fans Still Love You, So Come Back!

They used to make amazing games exclusively for Sony and now they're on Microsoft's side...we want 'em to come back!

Insomniac Games will always hold a special place in the hearts of veteran PlayStation players.

This is the team that brought you the lovable and acclaimed Spyro the Dragon IP in the PS1 era, the widely revered Ratchet & Clank franchise during the PS2 era, and the excellent (and very much under-appreciated) Resistance franchise in the PS3 era. Now, they're working on a very promising new title: Sunset Overdrive. But this one is exclusive to the enemy (aka, Microsoft's Xbox One).

We don't need to know the reasons behind this little switcheroo; we just want Insomniac to come back. At the very least, make games for both sides; go multiplatform, but don't leave us entirely!

I don't care what anyone says, Resistance was a TOP-TIER FPS franchise

...and one of my all-time favorites. I don't really care as much about multiplayer, which I know doesn't make any sense in the FPS world today. But there was a time in this industry when many shooters boasted amazing campaigns, and Resistance always delivered on this front. The original was hands-down the best game of the PS3 launch (and far better than anything the Xbox 360 or Wii launched with, too). The sequel was wildly under-appreciated (and introduced 60-player multiplayer action for the console), and Resistance 3 was just plain great.

I still say the latter title featured the single best arsenal of any shooter I've ever played. Insomniac's endless inventiveness on the weapon front can be seen in just about every game they've made, and that includes the Ratchet & Clank franchise. One could argue that Resistance 3 felt like a step back, but I don't buy that analysis at all. As for R&C, it went off the beaten path with a few experimental installments but aside from that, Ratchet will always be Ratchet.

Fuse didn't perform as well as anticipated, but don't forget about good ol' Spyro!

Sony has the best first-party studios in the world...it's less impressive without Insomniac, though

Insomniac was a staple of the PlayStation family, as far as I'm concerned. They've been every bit as important as Naughty Dog, Guerrilla, Sucker Punch, Sony Santa Monica, etc. I know they're independent, and I get that. They can go make games for whomever they wish. But why would they eliminate fans of 15 years and more by going to the Xbox side with Sunset Overdrive? I don't resent the move; I'm sure the studio had their reasons. I just hope Insomniac hasn't jumped ship entirely. I want them to eventually make games again for PlayStation platforms because without Insomniac, PlayStation feels just a little...light.

I wouldn't mind hearing about the studio's future plans, although I imagine they're not willing to talk about it yet. They may not even know right now. I think a lot will hinge on the performance of Sunset Overdrive; Microsoft is an extremely results-oriented company, and if that game doesn't sell too well, they might not have as much interest in securing exclusive rights for another Insomniac game. We'll have to see how that goes, I guess.

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Published Aug. 31st 2014
  • Pringle247
    Contributor
    I agree on the Resistance front! I thought I was the only single player fan of the game!
  • doctor_1469
    Insomniac are already making a PS4 Ratchet & Clank PS4 game and movie tie-in.

    http://www.insomniacgames.com/games/ratchet-clank-ps4
  • ShowanW
    This is the worst...

    Everything in this article, has nothing to do with anything.

    Insomniac has come out themselves and said point blank they wanted to own their IP's. and MS not only allowed them to keep they're IP they also funded the game.

    Who allowed this to even be published?

    Articles like this are what's wrong with gaming
  • doctor_1469
    Ironic since Spencer now says MS needs to own the IPs for the games it funds. Insomniac got lucky now that Spencer changed his tune on IP ownership.

    Spencer must not have liked having to buy the Gears of War IP and Crytek refusing to sell the Ryse IP.
  • Deadpoolio
    What the hell are you even talking about? Insomniac hasn't even gone anywhere, last I heard they were consulting on the R&C movie and are working on a new R&C game for the PS4...Jesus whats is with all this Insomniac abandoning Sony butt hurt....
  • corvusmd
    This is fanboy style thinking. Stop thinking like a fanboy, just enjoy games regardless of system. Insomniac hasnt abandoned anyone
  • Dnice704
    Insomniac isn't gone they are working with Sony on that Ratchet and Clank game and movie. They will still make exclusive games for Sony just now they are more like Platinum games they make exclusives for each console in this case Microsoft and Sony

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