Insomniac opens North Carolina studio

Ratchet & Clank developer ventures into Tar Heel country with first expansion; offshoot expected to start up by January.

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Insomniac Games can prepare for a few more sleepless nights. The Ratchet & Clank developer announced today that it will be birthing the first offshoot studio in the company's 14-year history.

By January, Insomniac expects to go bicoastal, opening up a North Carolina shop to complement its current California-based operation. The new studio will put down roots in the Raleigh-Durham area, and "will focus both on developing current and new intellectual properties."

According to Insomniac founder and CEO Ted Price, "Our goal with the North Carolina studio is to blend our experience and proven track record with the tenacity of a start-up venture. Expanding to Raleigh-Durham also allows us to maintain an ideal size in Burbank while offering an attractive alternative for developers wishing to live on the East Coast."

The new Insomniac studio will feed into an existing talent pool in the area. North Carolina is already home to a number of developers, including Epic Games, Vicious Cycle, Red Storm Entertainment, Merscom, and the US branch of Funcom.

At the North Carolina studio, an expected team of 25-30 developers will answer to Insomniac's current art director Chris Dezern and gameplay lead Shaun McCabe. Dezern will serve as studio director, and McCabe will assume the role of production director. Both developers will finish up work on Resistance 2 before the new studio opens.

Discussion

58 comments
Rafinator
Rafinator

Insomniac is my favorite developer. they never put out a bad game

R-Force
R-Force

Fantastic! These guys truly are the one of the best independent studios ever. I'm positive we'll see some great games from this new studio in time.

dewey1991
dewey1991

Sweet...one of my favorite developers and would love to work for them. rather live in NC now

BigBoss712
BigBoss712

Great! they are one of my favorite developers, love resistance. :)

-Raiden-
-Raiden-

yeaa, more ratcet games!

ninjasam
ninjasam

I didn't like resistance. I would rather they stick to platformers, not because they shouldn't branch out, but because they are pretty much the only remaining force in good platformers

jmdude
jmdude

Go insomniac!!! After resistance 2, go for Resistance 3 and a new ratchet and clank game(maybe make a jak and ratchet game together with naughty dog)!!!!

Viral-venom13
Viral-venom13

AHHH DARN!!, ......now why oh why couldn't i not have already have my degree in Game Design, with an opportunity like this i could have acquired a cool job here!! Curses to the darker side of ambition!!

SonicTheMonkey
SonicTheMonkey

Sounds good, I just hope this doesn't pull talent from the Burbank location. Love Insomniac by the way--my fav independent developer.

tootergray34
tootergray34

I wonder if I can get a job there, and do nothing...but still get paid a lot of money.

KamuiFei
KamuiFei

You can almost bet that once the new studio opens, first thing they'll be working on is Resistance 3 ;) , among others.

dukerav
dukerav

Boo at the mere mention of the word "Tar Heel" but thats another matter altogether. :P Anyway, this is good news for this state and area in general. Having both Epic and with Insomniac opening a new studio here it could potentially lure more developers out this way. Awesome news indeed. :)

ctg867
ctg867

Sounds to me like they want a Resistance studio and a Ratchet studio. Could be very good news for Insomniac to give each dev team more work. Hopefully this means more East Coast talent on board, along with better quality in future Resistance and Ratchet games.

Pete5506
Pete5506

This should be good, maybe some more good games

agentzero23
agentzero23

Now they can make twice as many games!

ddashboy242
ddashboy242

Insomniac games are sweet, R2 even sweeter

lanmanna
lanmanna

Insomniac(along with Sucker Punch and Naughty Dog) are my favorite companies under Sony. Insomniac has made great games like Spyro and Ratchet and Clank. With the second studio opening, that means even more Insomniac goodness! :D

peeweeshift
peeweeshift

I have high hopes for this studio. More studios means more games. You can get quality even with few devs. starcraft and nfs:mw did it

peacenutman
peacenutman

The bigger the studio the faster the games pumps out!

balanekk
balanekk

god Insomniac is amazing. cant wait for Resistance 2. Its good to know now that they are expanding finally.

lamprey263
lamprey263

new IPs sound good, I'm looking forward to seeing what they come out with

PSdual_wielder
PSdual_wielder

Nice, it also represents that insomniac is now an even more strong-standing studio than it it was before.

Rhen_Var
Rhen_Var

As long as they dare not delay Resistance 2, I'm okay with the movement, not that it makes a difference to me...

Theempire30
Theempire30

Sweet thats only a couple of hours from me.

Serbine
Serbine

Wow, that's really cool I live in North Carolina:D.

shadyelf
shadyelf

Ooh I live pretty near there! Maybe I'll be able to visit sometime :P

09231991
09231991

Idk, I still like Insomniac because of the R&C series but the series has been kinda going down a little. Hopefully they'll rejuvenate it with their next R&C game, hopefully. And Resistance, never really been a fan of it, looked like somewhat of a decent shooter, hopefully the sequel will be good because the first really didn't do any justice for the company, in my viewpoint at least.

tyrant2004
tyrant2004

Nice to hear, Insomniac is probably the only studio I really like, nowadays. Ratchet and clank is my favorite series on any system, and Resistance had good promise, and Resistance 2 will be awesome.

Drkr_Zen
Drkr_Zen

Sounds great. I'm glad to see one of my favorite developers doing so well. As for this affecting their development times and quality of their games.. I don't really see the need to change any of it. Any faster and they'll be putting out games bi-yearly, any more quality and they'll be damn near perfect. They're fine as is.. especially when you take into account that they're about to have out 3 PS3 games in the 2 years the system has been out.. all receiving very high marks and a few awards here and there. Aside from that, I'd kind of like to see this new studio take on side projects.. maybe something along the lines of backing up all Insomniac HQ main stay series (R&C, Resistance) with a lot of DLC, or something.

icym
icym

I've read some people saying that area could be the next "Austin" for studios to start from. Who knows, but its certainly headed in the right direction apparently...

BigSmitts07
BigSmitts07

sweet..maybe they will finally make some games for the 360....not...i wish though

kos1085
kos1085

Maybe with more man power, they can develop games faster and use more time to polish their games.

War-Tex
War-Tex

@ nate1222 Same here. Just love R&C. Can't wait for the next. But Insomniac is probably concentrating on Resistance 2 for now...

ADJ209
ADJ209

Insomniac are awesome Time spliiters is a classic

nate1222
nate1222

I love Insomniac for the Ratchet & Clank series. That's what made me a fan.

dmish82
dmish82

Insomniac is a solid studio and a role model to developers! Rock On!

flavort
flavort

hell yeah, east coast rules, Insomniac rules

killzone_gamer
killzone_gamer

This can only be good news for Playstation fans. Oh, and Das, i hope that Naughty Dog do as well, some more exclusive new IP's would always be nice :D

mier2003
mier2003

yay only 20 minutes away from where I live.

das_Ausmerzer
das_Ausmerzer

Sweet, i wonder if Naughty Dog will follow suit, the two companies were (not sure if they still are) in the same building, wonder if this means they are going different ways now...

NWA_31
NWA_31

Awesome. :D Go Insomniac !

Neo1O1
Neo1O1

@ Dilan120 When I think of Naughty Dog, I think of Insomniac & vice-versa! This is simply great news for PS3 owners.