Insomniac unveiling next game at EA's E3 event

E3 2011: Ratchet & Clank developer confirms its first multiplatform effort to be unveiled at Electronic Arts' media briefing Monday afternoon.

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LOS ANGELES--While Insomniac Games is gearing up for new releases in its well-known Ratchet & Clank and Resistance franchises later this year, the developer's biggest splash at this week's Electronic Entertainment Expo is likely to be the unveiling of a project the gaming world knows nothing about just yet. The studio today confirmed that it will be unveiling its new Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 game Monday during Electronic Arts' E3 media briefing.

Insomniac's multiplatform game won't be a new Ratchet & Clank, as Sony owns the property.

Originally revealed as part of the EA Partners program just over a year ago, the partnership was particularly noteworthy as it called for Insomniac to work for the first time on a non-Sony system. Explaining the move, Insomniac CEO Ted Price said the developer wanted to go multiplatform to reach as large an audience as it possibly could. Price also said the move marked a change in direction for the company, which had to that point been producing games on an annual basis. Starting with the EA Partners project, Price said Insomniac would be spending more time iterating and polishing its games.

The move to multiplatform development isn't Insomniac's only ongoing expansion. In March, the studio announced the opening of a new Facebook and mobile games division dubbed Insomniac Click.

Electronic Arts' media briefing kicks off at 12:30 p.m. PDT. As with all the big E3 press conferences, GameSpot will blog the event as it happens and offer a live video stream of the proceedings. For more, check out GameSpot's E3 home page.

Discussion

101 comments
LordCousland
LordCousland

Xbox 360 could use some good platformer titles. Hopefully Insomniac can come up with a new IP comparable to Ratchet and Clank, as those games were fun.

warhawk-geeby
warhawk-geeby

Bungie go multi-format and now Insomniac.. It's like each companies biggest developers have had enough of being 'restricted'. Quite clearly Bungie fancied more power to work with, whilst Insomniac wanted a play with kinect.. It'l be interesting to see what happens anyway, I'm predicting something rather child-friendly from them.. Don't know why.. Just have a feeling. Maybe a racer?

HaloPimp978
HaloPimp978

@Bangerman15 Oh I have seen it and it does look terrible. The reason I said I want them to make a Spyro HD collection is because Spyro is originally Insomniac's franchise, good times playing those on PS1. I think it will be a new IP, not Resistance.

Bangerman15
Bangerman15

@HaloPimp978 actually theres a new spyro being developed by activision and gosh it looks awful... anyways im curious to see waht they have to offer to xbox fans, i liked Resistance 2 alot and R and C is a good platformer, hope this will be good too

xRoYx
xRoYx

@zip0 If you dig deep, its confirmed that a new Ratchet and Clank game is coming out. Go to your local GameStop and check ;)

zip0
zip0

hope its another r&c game cause they're awesome

HaloPimp978
HaloPimp978

Hope its a Spyro HD collection. All the Spyros made by Insomniac.

GonnaDie4TheGov
GonnaDie4TheGov

I really wish they'd bring Ratchet and Clank to 360, its one of the games i miss most from my ps2 days.

TTDog
TTDog

Multiformat... maybe the last cheque from Sony bounced.

brownboyd
brownboyd

Like Insomniac's games... Resistance series is one of my fav. videogame franchise... Would have preferred for them to be ps exclusive developer but oh well... Hope they make atleast another ps exclusive or make another resistance after resistance 3 in the future.... Good luck to them and their next game... Looking forward to it...

WeaponX295
WeaponX295

There seems to be a lot of confusion surrounding this. While Insomniac has worked exclusively with Sony in the past they have always been their own company. They've just now decided to start developing multi-platform games because they want to expand their audience. However I'm pretty sure Ratchet and Clank and Resistance are owned(at least partially) by Sony so don't expect to see them coming to other consoles.

IsmirZone
IsmirZone

Does this mean we can play as Ratchet & Clank in SSX?

cachinscythe
cachinscythe

@thekiller75 I believe the reason Insomniac stopped doing Spyro games is because they--and Sony--did not have full ownership of the IP. If you look at the openings for the games, you'll see a logo for Universal Interactive Studios. That's why future Spyro games have been published almost exclusively by Vivendi Universal. This was actually true of the Crash Bandicoot IP as well. Hence why future titles in Crash Bandicoot have ALSO been published by Vivendi Universal. Why exactly Sony shared ownership with another company is something I honestly don't know, but I'm pretty sure that's why Naughty Dog and Insomniac moved on to new things after the PS1 era.

thekiller75
thekiller75

All Insomniac games are great and the best one is Spyro ,i dont know why they stoped making it and i dont think this one is a spyro game cuz if they wanted to make another spyro game they could have made it a long time ago i have a feeling that this game is going to be Awsome like the rest of there games

Doddie
Doddie

R&C on all consoles. Could not care less as long as they don't go strictly online downloads. I like owning my own game and not having to download. Look at what has happened recently.

Taix34
Taix34

Spyro HD Maybe? Just dont Change Spyros look......

shaks101
shaks101

Hope they mention a new Spyro game, going back to its roots like Spyro 1-3. Everything after that, Spyro games seemed to fail miserably. I am currently playing Ratchet and Clank: Quest for Booty, tis a good game so far, fun and enjoyable platformer. Seems to be a lack of them for PS3.

firebladedx
firebladedx

Playstation exclusives seem to be becoming as popular as new Dreamcast releases.

MetalMan300
MetalMan300

Sounds cool! PS3 owners get to play a new Bungie game, 360 owners get to play an Insomniac game. Not the most fair trade, but still totally cool!

Ratchet_Fan8
Ratchet_Fan8

mehmultiplat would've loved exclusive.W/e.

xotheusedguyox
xotheusedguyox

for those that are unfamiliar with this news, please realize that ratchet and resistance are owned by sony so those will stay exclusive to playstations. only this one game as of now is going multiplatform which is okay because insomniac is a very small company and they need to produce and sell a lot of they could make a good profit. so sony isnt losing insomniac, there is just this one game/game series that will be on both systems.

questclub
questclub

I loved Insomniac's Spyro and enjoyed R&C to an extent. I hope they give us something even better this time around. Can't wait for more news. Hugs.

hush404
hush404

@jono_51 - I actually can't stand Halo. lol, chew on that :P On the topic... Resistance is okay (rather boring gameplay imo and the first was better than the second).. but I believe Gears to be FAR superior.

noble95x
noble95x

hopfully its a mixture between resistance and ratchet and clank. lol

mikey1611
mikey1611

@hannify @DS_fan_atic As said by another user, Insomniac is still on good terms with Sony PlayStation and is still a "loyal" second party developer to them.

DS_fan_atic
DS_fan_atic

Woah I didn't know they jumped ship !

Ex-DarkBlade
Ex-DarkBlade

I wish best of luck to them but I hope they don't forget about their old fans.

HollowNinja
HollowNinja

Insomniac said earlier that they were still on good terms with Sony. If we see more Ratchet and Clank games, that will reflect that.

PixelAddict
PixelAddict

At this point in the industry, it just makes sense to get your games on every console you can. Even multi-platform publishers are having trouble and cutting staff. I have all three systems, so it doesn't affect me either way. I'll get their games. But in my mind, Ratchet and Clank will always be synonymous with the Playstation brand. So R&C should stay put on PS.

TevoxZi
TevoxZi

@GunGriffin Wouldn't exactly call console's 30 fps super smooth. xD

firehawk998
firehawk998

As someone who enjoyed the hell out of Resistance and The Ratchet and Clank series I wish them luck in their new ventures.

cameio
cameio

Wow insomniac really working hard, they are making resistance 3 already and it looks awesome. I really wish them all the best, now Xbox users can enjoy their new IP with us PS3 users ;)

svaubel
svaubel

Why did they have to pair with EA though. EA ruins everything they touch.

SuprSaiyanRockr
SuprSaiyanRockr

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GunGriffin
GunGriffin

Well I looke forward too it! I love their titles and would relish getting my hands on Xbox360 games made by Insomiac! Make it a good one! And one that looks, and runs super smooth on Xbox360!

Guiltyspartan11
Guiltyspartan11

its a new IP so its not alien vs predator. But i can't wait to see what it is.

burrito_tester
burrito_tester

Another Aliens vs. Predator. The last one was okay but this is a good company!

Supabul
Supabul

I hope its a RPG/Platformer game

fend_oblivion
fend_oblivion

I wish Insomniac all the best :) More great games to different consoles is always a good thing to us gamers :)

slainta
slainta

Nothing wrong about making a new game and going multiplatform. This is the trend for most games, and it will be even more so. Studios and publishers need money to stay in business. Still, I like exclusives. They usually make a best use of the particular console, usually they are different from the norm (at least the Sony ones. Team Ico with Ico, Shadow of the Colossus and now The Last Guardian is just something). Being supported by the big companies they have more resources to develop something unique. That doesn't hurt at all.

victoremilioflo
victoremilioflo

just finish resistance 3 with honors please insomniac!