Sony Buys Insomniac Games

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The preparations for the upcoming exclusive war are heating up, as Sony has acquired Insomniac Games, which is the development studio behind games such as Ratchet & Clank, Sunset Overdrive, and Marvel's Spider-Man.

Insomniac Games has been one of the staunchest supporters of the PlayStation platform, as it started out as the studio behind the original Spyro the Dragon trilogy. The company would go on to make the Ratchet & Clank and Resistance series, which have always been PlayStation exclusives. Insomniac Games worked with Microsoft in 2014 on Sunset Overdrive for Windows and Xbox One, before returning to Sony with the highly-acclaimed Marvel's Spider-Man for the PlayStation 4.

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It has been revealed during Gamescom 2019 that Sony has acquired Insomniac Games and that the company will be part of Sony Interactive Entertainment Worldwide Studios. The founder and CEO of Insomniac Games has put up a message regarding the acquisition on the company's official website, where he discussed the reasons behind the move.

"The decision to join forces with Sony extends far beyond familiarity. Our studio vision is to create experiences that have a positive and lasting impact on people’s lives. As we look ahead to our future, we know that joining the WWS family gives us the best opportunities to fully achieve that vision on a much larger scale. Further, we believe that Sony shares a similar vision to positively impact players’ lives, their employees’ lives and the games industry at large."

The acquisition of Insomniac Games by Sony isn't too surprising, considering the close relationship between both companies and the fact that Marvel's Spider-Man was a big hit for the PlayStation 4. Microsoft has spent the past year buying up studios in preparation for the next generation of consoles and Sony is now doing the same. The question now is what developers will be gobbled up next, as two of the biggest names in the console industry try and nab as many exclusives as they can for the upcoming battle between the PlayStation 5 and the Xbox Scarlett.

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