Sony Buys Spider-Man Developer Insomniac Games

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Sony has purchased the California-based game studio Insomniac Games, best known for last year’s Spider-Man on PS4. Insomniac will become an exclusive PlayStation developer, Sony says.


Founded in 1994, Insomniac remained independent for 25 years, working largely with Sony on series like Ratchet & Clank and Resistance but also with other big game companies like Microsoft, which published the colorful open-world game Sunset Overdrive (unlikely to get a sequel any time soon).

Insomniac has also worked on several VR games with Oculus, including the upcoming Stormland, currently announced as an Oculus Rift exclusive. Notably, Insomniac’s previous VR games have not been released on PlayStation VR.

Spider-Man, a PS4 exclusive, was the studio’s most successful game, selling 13.2 million copies according to a Sony press release today. Given that fact, this news, and the end of the first game, it’s safe to say that a sequel is in the works for PlayStation 5.


Jason, do you think Xbox Game Studios will eventually be the software king - distributing an empire of “xbox” games - on all platforms? Sort of how Microsoft software is excellent on a Macbook, even for folks who won’t buy a Windows PC?

I ask because I feel like Microsoft would probably rather sell me The Outer Worlds 2 on my PS5 than not see my purchase at all, right?