Even though the announcement had been heavily rumoured for some time, it was strange seeing Insomniac Games announce Sunset Overdrive as an Xbox One exclusive earlier today. Company gaffer Ted Price has always been a regular on Sony’s stage, so seeing him – along with Phil Harrison and Hideo Kojima – promoting Microsoft’s machine felt a bit like seeing your ex-girlfriend kissing a new beau.
Still, despite switching allegiances, the studio has not ruled out the possibility of working with Sony on future PlayStation titles. In a candid blog post, Price explained that the Burbank-based developer was “hesitant to shift back into an exclusive arrangement”, but it felt that the title was a perfect fit for the Xbox One. Still, that doesn’t mean that it’s “abandoning” its PlayStation heritage.
“Insomniac has been, is, and will continue to be 100 per cent independent,” said Price. “We have treasured that independence for the last 19 years. It now allows us to own and control our IP, and find the most suitable partners to make those IP a reality. While we are excited about partnering with Microsoft on Sunset Overdrive, that doesn’t mean that we can’t or wouldn’t make games with our long time friends at Sony. That’s the magic of being an independent developer.”
Speaking with IGN in a separate interview earlier today, Price added that the studio definitely “is still working with Sony”, so whether we’ll get that Ratchet & Clank movie tie-in remains to be seen. Honestly, we feel like Insomniac Games is going through a bit of an identity crisis at the moment. Despite indications to the contrary from the company, it just doesn’t seem to know what it wants.