Tag: Insomniac Games
News Marvel's Spider-Man 2, Wolverine Dev Insomniac Games Promotes Trio
A trio of key Insomniac Games employees have been promoted as development progresses on both Marvel’s Spider-Man 2 and Marvel’s Wolverine. Lindsay Thompson, who played a key role on Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart, has been promoted from Senior Cinematic Animator to Lead Animator on the Burbank studio’s Spidey sequel. James Ham has...
News Insomniac Sends 60-Page Dossier to Sony Following Jim Ryan Abortion Email
Pledges $50,000 donation, which manufacturer will match
The fallout from PlayStation CEO Jim Ryan’s misjudged email on women’s reproductive rights looks set to continue, as first-party developer Insomniac Games has compiled a “near 60-page” dossier from staff and sent it to PlayStation Studios boss Hermen Hulst, demanding leadership “do...
News Insomniac Scaled Back Marvel's Spider-Man Boss to Cut Down on Crunch
And make it resonate harder
We often hear a lot about the crunch conditions at major developers like Naughty Dog and Rockstar, but we rarely learn about what they’re doing to reduce workload for their teams. Ted Price, the boss of Ratchet & Clank developer Insomniac Games, shed a little light on that during a fireside chat at industry event...
News Insomniac: 'Nothing Really Stopping Us' Working on Sunset Overdrive
Director wants to make sequel
Will Marvel's Spider-Man and Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart team Insomniac Games ever return to the Sunset Overdrive IP it kickstarted on Xbox One? Director Marcus Smith was posed the question in GQ Magazine as part of
News Insomniac Games Renews Trademark for Xbox Exclusive Sunset Overdrive
Sunset Overdrive was always one of Microsoft's most interesting exclusives during the Xbox One era. Developed by Insomniac Games while it was still independent, it's a highly stylised open world action game that became something of a cult hit. Of course, as mentioned, the studio was brought into Sony's ranks following its excellent...
News The Suicide Squad Trailer Has Fans Thinking About Sunset Overdrive
PS4 port, when?
Perhaps the most surprising aspect of Suicide Squad: Kill the Justice League so far is how colourful the world of Metropolis is. After a dark and gritty reboot movie a couple of years back, fans were probably expecting Rocksteady to follow a similar path with an experience devoid of jokes and colours you'd typically see make up the...
News Everybody's Talking About Insomniac Games Ahead of PS5's Reveal
Ratcheting up the tension
The newest member of Sony’s Worldwide Studios is actually one of PlayStation’s oldest partners, and the web is awash with Insomniac Games speculation right now. There have been strong rumours regarding a new Ratchet & Clank project for many years, but it seems many expect the title to be revealed for the PlayStation...
News Former SIE Chairman Considers Insomniac Purchase One of His Best Achievements at PlayStation
Shawn Layden weighs in
We're most likely never going to find out the reasoning behind Shawn Layden's departure from Sony last year, but at least we can rest easy in the knowledge that the two parties parted ways on good terms. The former chairman of PlayStation Worldwide Studios has consistently tweeted about Sony's efforts since his surprise exit,
News Insomniac Games Is Starting 2020 Strong with a Swanky New Office
It isn't very often we get an inside look at our favourite video game studios, so it's a fun treat when we do. We've seen glimpses into the premises of Insomniac Games, the latest addition to Sony's fleet of first-party developers, but the California studio has recently moved into a new space. Thankfully, it's not being shy about sharing...
News Insomniac's Last Ever Non-PlayStation Game Is Getting Rave Reviews
Stormland is a success
Insomniac Games is owned by PlayStation now, but the Burbank-based developer still has unfinished business with partner Oculus to conclude. Stormland – it’s last ever non-Sony published project – is gaining rave reviews, attaining an average score of 83 on aggregate website Metacritic. While much of the excitement...
News Insomniac Games Celebrates Sony Acquisition By Partying the Night Away
Shu Yoshida with the goodies
It's been exactly two months since Sony acquired Marvel's Spider-Man developer Insomniac Games, but it appears that the team at the Burbank campus has only just gotten around to celebrating the purchase properly. The studio has put on a special team lunch for all employees, with the likes of PlayStation's Mark Cerny and...
Reaction Sony Swagger on Display with Insomniac Games Acquisition
Just like that
Sony working the hype cycle would seriously benefit us at Push Square, but we can’t help but appreciate the organisation’s swagger these days. Case in point: it announced its acquisition of Insomniac Games during Geoff Keighley’s prominently promoted Opening Night Live press conference. Alas, it didn’t confirm the news live on...
News Sony Buys Spider-Man PS4, Ratchet & Clank Developer Insomniac Games
Oh wow, it's finally happened. Insomniac Games -- the developer behind the Ratchet & Clank series as well as Marvel's Spider-Man -- has long maintained a close relationship with Sony, but the studio has always valued its independence. As such, the thought of Sony snapping the developer up has been a consistent talking point, but actual...
News Sony Recruiting Audio Designers for Project at Insomniac Games
More exclusives on the way?
There are a couple of interesting inclusions on Sony’s careers page right now: it’s looking for a couple of audio designers to work onsite at Insomniac Games. This is particularly interesting, of course, because the Burbank-based developer is not part of PlayStation’s first-party portfolio, suggesting that the two...
News Insomniac Games Celebrates 25 Years of Great Games
If we asked you to list your five favourite game developers, we suspect Insomniac would pop up a lot. The studio launched Marvel’s Spider-Man to critical acclaim last year, but we think everyone expected it to be good the moment it was announced – that’s what past pedigree does for a team. Whether it’s Ratchet & Clank,...
News Spider-Man PS4 Sequel Speculation Begins
Creative director sharing story drafts
Bryan Intihar, the creative director on the wildly successful Marvel’s Spider-Man, has prompted speculation that Insomniac Games is about to get started on a sequel. Writing on Twitter this week, he posted a famous GIF, alongside the caption: “Few things are more nerve-wracking than sharing your first story...
News Spider-Man PS4 Dev Pushes Back Against Fan Criticisms Regarding DLC
Where's the Raimi suit?
For as long as we've known about Marvel's Spider-Man, one of the biggest conversations online was all about which suits would end up in the game. The PS4 exclusive wound up with a pretty large selection of costumes for Spidey to try on, covering outfits from the comics, the movies, and even some all-new creations. However, by...
News Insomniac Games Weighs in on the Dangers of the Vocal Minority
Blah blah blah
We all know that the Internet can be an exhausting place to exist. There are opinions everywhere you turn, and it can be difficult to determine your own views as a result. What, then, do you do when you’re a developer and forums are aflame with complaints and criticisms about your latest game? In an interesting interview with Games...
News Insomniac Staffers Are Swinging Through Spider-Man PS4's Campaign
Our spider-sense is tingling
Insomniac Games is enjoying a studio-wide playthrough of Spider-Man on the PlayStation 4 this week. An interesting playtest exercise, it seems like all employees have been relieved of their duties in order to try out the upcoming exclusive – potentially in its entirety. We assume everyone will be making notes, and...
News Insomniac Wants to Find a Publisher for a Sunset Overdrive Sequel
What do you reckon, Sony?
In many ways, Spider-Man will likely end up being the spiritual successor to Insomniac Games’ well-liked Xbox One exclusive Sunset Overdrive, as it’s being made by much of the same team and is similarly all about open world traversal. But that hasn’t stopped the Burbank-based studio from signalling that it’s...
News Sunset Overdrive Could Grind Again on PS4
There was a little period towards the tail of the PlayStation 3 era and the beginning of the PlayStation 4 generation where it felt like Insomniac Games had parted ways with Sony for good: Sunset Overdrive was announced as an Xbox One exclusive, the studio formed a tight relationship with Oculus, and no one seemed to want to show Ratchet &...
News Spider-Man PS4 Will Be Set in a Separate Universe to The Avengers
Don't expect a cross-publisher crossover
With two different publishers and developers involved, it's no surprise to learn that Insomniac Games' upcoming Spider-Man game is unrelated to Square Enix's newly announced The Avengers. But just in case you needed any clarification, the Ratchet & Clank developer has confirmed as much on Twitter, telling...
Round Up Are Song of the Deep's PS4 Reviews Singing or Minging?
Under the sea
Insomniac Games surely must be the busiest developer in the industry right now. It's only just finished up Ratchet & Clank and it's already busy beavering away on Spider-Man, and that's excluding the handful of Oculus Rift titles that it's working on as well. Song of the Deep is yet another title being developed by the industrious...
News Insomniac's Spider-Man PS4 Game Won't Be Tied to the New Movie
"All new story, all new world"
With Spider-Man: Homecoming due to release in cinemas next year, many have been wondering whether Spider-Man - announced during Sony's E3 2016 press conference - will tie into the upcoming Marvel flick. The PlayStation 4 exclusive is being developed by Insomniac Games, the team behind Ratchet & Clank, as well as...
News Marvel: The Future of Spider-Man Console Games Is with Sony and Insomniac
We assumed that Sony and Insomniac's upcoming Spider-Man game was a well-timed one-off, but it sounds like there may be more to come in the future. In an interview with Games Industry.biz, Marvel Games' head Jay Ong has hinted that the PlayStation 4 exclusive may merely represent the beginning of a long-running partnership – with more...
Interview Insomniac Games Discusses the Past, Present, and Future of Ratchet & Clank
Insomniac Games' staff has likely been living up to its name more than usual over the past month. With the announcement of two new titles for the Oculus Rift and release of the game and film of Ratchet & Clank, the veteran developer has been burning the midnight oil to say the least. Therefore, it's no wonder that it should take some...
News Ratchet & Clank PS4's Looking and Playing Great, Enthuses Insomniac
Qwark it is
Desperate times call for desperate measures – and these really are the most desperate of times. It may very well be Good Friday, but it's certainly not looking like a Good News Day. There's only one thing for it, then – peruse the replies of various Twitter accounts hoping to find at least one 140 character tidbit that we can write...
News Ratchet & Clank PS4 Is Further Along Than You Think, and Is Gorgeous
Ratcheting up the anticipation
Insomniac Games is running test screenings for the Ratchet & Clank Movie in Los Angeles this weekend, and it's Tweeted out some new artwork from the forthcoming flick in order to celebrate. In the snaps, we get our first look at Chairman Drek,
News The Ratchet & Clank Movie's In a Galaxy Not Far Away
Release date soon
It's going to be really interesting to see how Sony handles the Ratchet & Clank Movie, as we reckon that the platform holder could have a hit on its hands. No, the organisation's furry hero isn't a household name – but he certainly has the potential to be one if handled with the appropriate care and attention. Fortunately,...
News Insomniac Seems Ready to Talk Ratchet & Clank PS4
Kept you waiting, huh?
Insomniac Games has finally broken silence on its forthcoming Ratchet & Clank reboot for the PlayStation 4. The release was originally announced during Sony's E3 press conference last year, but has been missing in action ever since. With the Burbank-based developer done promoting other platforms, though, it finally seems...
News This Stunning Ratchet & Clank Statue is Perfect for Your Gaming Shelf
Empty those wallets
If you've got some money left over after the post-Christmas spending spree, and have the burning desire to promptly banish it straight into the Netherverse, allow us to recommend this absolutely stunning statue of Sony's erstwhile mascot duo Ratchet and Clank. Based upon the cover art from the original game, the hand-painted...
News Oh Sony, Did You Really Have to Use Sunset Overdrive's Font for Your Sale?
Ratchet and clanger
Someone may want to get SCEA boss Shawn Layden on the blower, as Sony appears to have forgotten that Insomniac Games is working for the guys in green these days. The platform holder launched the first instalment in its Hallowe’en sale earlier today – and acknowledged the occasion with an image employing Xbox One exclusive...
News At Least Insomniac Wants a New Amplitude to Get Made
Insomniac Games may have temporarily switched system allegiances, but that doesn’t mean that it’s done with PlayStation entirely. Writing on its official blog, the developer has issued a rallying cry to its fans, encouraging them to give Harmonix’s flagging Kickstarter campaign one final push. Regular readers
News You Can't Resist the Fall of Resistance's Online Servers
Hale to the king
Forget about the Fall of Man, as Sony is set to pull the plug on the Resistance trilogy’s online multiplayer servers tomorrow. Despite originally being set to say goodbye at the end of March, it seems that developer Insomniac Games managed to convince Sony to keep the titles online for an extra week or so – and it’s been using...
Rumour The Ratchet & Clank Trilogy Will Be Defying Gravity on Vita in June
Lombax to the future
Late last year, we learned that Insomniac Games had originally planned to bring Ratchet & Clank's PlayStation 3 swansong Into the Nexus to the PlayStation Vita. While that rumour never eventuated, it now seems that the studio may also be thinking about bringing the
News Wait, Ratchet & Clank: Into the Nexus for Vita Was Supposed to Release Yesterday
Lost to the Netherverse
In arguably the most inconspicuous release of the year, Ratchet & Clank: Into the Nexus arrived on the PlayStation 3 last month with almost non-existent fanfare. We thought that it was pretty good, awarding it an admirable 7/10, but found its short length put a bit of a damper on the whole affair. However, if you mi
News Ratchet & Clank Writer Goes Commando, Departs Insomniac Games
Into the nexus
In an announcement that would make Captain Qwark cry, legendary writer TJ Fixman has confirmed that he’s set to depart Insomniac Games. The voice behind seven of the Ratchet & Clank titles has been lured away from game development by his screenwriter ambitions – but insists that he’ll continue to play a key role in Sony’s...
News Ratchet & Clank: Into the Nexus Crashes onto PS3 This Year
And it's not a spin-off
Just when you thought that this year’s gigantic PlayStation 3 lineup couldn’t possibly get any bigger, Insomniac Games has announced that it’s working on a brand new title for the current generation console. Ratchet & Clank: Into the Nexus – which has been the subject of much teasing over the past few days – is...
News When Worlds Collide, We'll Be Playing Ratchet & Clank: Into the Nexus
Insomniac Games' next PlayStation 3 project all but confirmed
Insomniac Games may be soaking up Sunset Overdrive’s rays over on the Xbox One, but that doesn’t mean that it’s done with the PlayStation 3 just yet. Yesterday’s mysterious promotional poster has been updated, including a link to Insomniac G
E3 2013 Insomniac Still Could Make Games for Sony
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...
News Insomniac Games Sticking to Its Guns, Plotting Plenty More Fuse
Hoping to light a spark
Despite being hit by a tirade of middling reviews, Insomniac Games is aiming to stick with its fledgling Fuse franchise. Writing on the company’s official website earlier today, a candid Ted Price admitted that the developer is aware of the negative response to the title – but the studio’s going to stick with the...
News Insomniac Games Could Have Made Resistance 4 for the PS4
Decided to move on, though
Insomniac Games considered making Resistance 4, but decided to try something new instead. The sequel – which presumably would have deployed on the PlayStation 4 – was a key topic of conversation at the Burbank-based outfit after the completion of Resistance 3, but the developer ultimately decided to head in a different...
Reaction Ratchet & Clank's Movie Debut Could Breathe New Life into the Franchise
Ratchet & Clank hasn’t quite been the same since 2009’s outstanding A Crack in Time. While we applaud series creator Insomniac Games for experimenting with different approaches, both All 4 One and Full Frontal Assault struggled to live up to the admittedly lofty expectations set by the series’ sensational predecessors. With
News There's a Ratchet & Clank Movie Firing onto the Big Screen in 2015
We’ve been known to take a cynical tone when it comes to video game movies, but this one appears to be actually happening. Insomniac Games has taken to the PlayStation Blog to confirm that the Ratchet & Clank Movie is set to guffaw its way into theatres in 2015. Even more incredibly, it actually looks like it could be pretty good...
News Insomniac Games Was Working on a Pinball Title
Here’s something you didn’t expect to learn today: Insomniac Games was working on a pinball game. Entitled 1080Pinball (geddit?) the game was in development while the studio was adding the final touches to Ratchet & Clank: Tools of Destruction and Resistance 2. The game was designed to be the “most realistic simulation of pinball...
News Is Insomniac Working on a Game Called "Outernauts"?
Insomniac Games is done with Resistance, and, presumably, PlayStation exclusivity with it. Gaffer Ted Price made that much clear in a frank and personal message directed at fans last week. All emphasis now turns to the company’s debut multiplatform project – set to be published by EA – Overstrike. We’ve still not seen much of the...
News Insomniac Games Explains Departure From Resistance Franchise
Yesterday, Insomniac Games sent shockwaves through the games industry by revealing in an interview that it would not be progressing with the Resistance franchise
In order to quell some of the burgeoning speculation, company gaffer Ted Price has today confirmed the news in a calm and personal video recorded for fans. "Some of you may have seen...
News Insomniac Games Is Done With Resistance
Despite Insomniac Games pledging its future to multiplatform development following the release of Resistance 3, we always held out hope that the long-term Sony partner would come back to the franchise in the future
But nuh-huh, Insomniac's gaffer Ted Price has revealed to VG247 that the developer is done with the alternate history franchise. We...
News Resistance 3 Goes Heavy Metal With The Brutality Pack
Insomniac Games has announced the latest DLC pack for the brilliant Resistance 3
Entitled the Brutality Pack, the $3.99 expansion brings Horde-inspired co-op to the bleak shooter's roster of modes. Faced with a never-ending stream of Grims, you'll need to keep your cool in an overcast Wales to stem the threat. The expansion pack will see the...
News Sony Europe Boss Regrets Insomniac Games' Switch To Multiplatform
With both Resistance 3 and Ratchet & Clank: All 4 One already sitting on store shelves, developer Insomniac Games' parting gift to PlayStation fans is complete
The company's next project is multiplatform co-operative shooter Overstrike. But while the title will still naturally launch on Sony's system, SCEE boss Jim Ryan has expressed his...