Insomniac Teams Up With EA But Is "Extremely Loyal" To Fans
Update: Bear this in mind: Insomniac is working on a new multiplatform IP, set to be published by EA. That much is true. But Ted Price also had this to say in regards to PlayStation fans-
"We know many of you are extremely loyal to the PlayStation family, and especially to Resistance and Ratchet & Clank. We are too. Our relationship with Sony Computer Entertainment is still very strong, and continues as we develop additional projects exclusively for PlayStation 3 – projects that will take full advantage of our additional development time."
See? So don't get all bent out of shape.
Well, as most all analysts have said, third-party exclusivity will eventually go the way of the dodo.
BioWare teamed up with EA and have been happy with the results, and PlayStation 3 owners finally got to sample one of the talented developer's epic RPGs last year, in the form of Dragon Age: Origins. Now, another developer that typically stuck with one console and publisher has decided they wish to reach a larger audience: the makers of the Resistance and Ratchet and Clank franchises, Insomniac. It has been announced that Insomniac has signed a deal with EA Partners, which will allow us to see the team's very first multiplatform project; up until now, all of Insomniac's games have been exclusive to a PlayStation platform. Said Insomniac CEO Ted Price:
"Our goal was to be multiplatform on this title from the beginning. We will continue to make games for Sony, but we want to reach more gamers. And the relationship with EAP allows us to do that."
EA Partners boss David DeMartini added that they are "well aligned in terms of creative collaboration" and while EAP will handle the publishing, Insomniac is still doing "the steering, the direction." EAP is content with staying "in the backseat" and allowing the award-winning developer "to do what they have always done - create great entertainment." And although we may prefer PlayStation as fans, we have to admit that having more gamers benefit from great products isn't exactly a bad thing.
One had to assume it was inevitable. Perhaps next to forfeit their exclusivity to reach a bigger audience will be Epic, which would bring the next Gears of War to the PS3. In the end, third-party exclusivity really is a dead duck, although a few studios here and there remain loyal one way or the other. As for exclusive titles, we'll just have to find a way to live with MGS4, Uncharted, Gran Turismo, Killzone, God of War, LittleBigPlanet, Heavy Rain, The Last Guardian, etc. And you know, it seems that Price is saying Resistance and Ratchet and Clank will stay exclusive to the PS3...
5/25/2010 10:32:15 AM Ben Dutka