Sony Interactive Entertainment Acquires Insomniac Games

Sony Interactive Entertainment Acquires Insomniac Games

Sony Interactive Entertainment have announced entering into a definitive contract to acquire Insomniac Games, creators of Marvel’s Spider-Man, Ratchet and Clank, the original Spyro games and many other, often PlayStation exclusive titles.

SIE WWS Chairman, Shawn Layden says of the acquisition, “Insomniac Games is one of the most highly-acclaimed development studios in the industry and their legacy of best-in class storytelling and gameplay is unparalleled. We have enjoyed a strong collaborative partnership with the studio for many years, and are thrilled to officially welcome them to the Worldwide Studios family.  The addition of Insomniac Games to SIE WWS reiterates our commitment to developing world class gaming experiences that can only be found on the PlayStation platform.”

Insomniac Games CEO echoes with a similarly enthusiastic quote, “Joining the WWS family gives Insomniac even greater opportunities to achieve our studio vision of making positive and lasting impressions on people’s lives. We’ve enjoyed a special relationship with PlayStation practically since our inception. Our partnership amplifies our potential, and Marvel’s Spider-Man was a testament to this. We’re excited to take the next step in our growth alongside our longtime WWS partners. Most of all, we look forward to delivering fresh, new experiences for our fans.”

Insomniac represents a pretty special addition to the SIE World Wide Studios family, if an obvious one. The studio also holds 20 awards for positive workplace culture, which is surely a boon to Sony at a time where game development studios are coming under increased fire for their ethics both internally and in the public.

What this new relationship means for Insomniac’s future projects and representation on other platforms remains to be seen.

 

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