Breaking with a long tradition of creating Sony-exclusive console titles, the studio behind Ratchet & Clank and Resistance brings the full weight of its wit and style to bear in Outernauts, a quirky new adventure role-playing game... for Facebook.

Snuggled up with Sony for so long that people often forget it's an independent studio, Insomniac has a lot of love to give, and where better to give that than a social networking platform where top-tier titles attract players in the tens of millions? Outernauts casts players as members of the United Earth's elite Outernaut force, tasked with exploring strange new worlds, seeking out new alien life to capture and tame, while boldly solving the riddle of an ancient alien civilization. You know, the stuff we'll start doing in the real world once peace blankets the globe and everyone gets bored.

Players will battle pirates, collect loot, and fight alongside or against their friends in that signature Facebook style that doesn't require your friends actually be present.

"We see a huge opportunity to reach an entirely different audience of gamers through Facebook," said Ted Price, President and Founder of Insomniac Games via official announcement this morning. "As we have demonstrated for nearly twenty years in the console games space, we're confident we can help evolve the definition of a game experience on Facebook. With Outernauts, we are delivering a deep story with real RPG strategy, coupled with Insomniac's signature sense of humor."


Outernauts is currently in closed beta, with plans to go live this summer. Maybe after that they can get around to working on Disrupter 3: Yes, We're Aware There Was No Disrupter 2.