Ratchet & Clank developer gives $7,500 to help make new Amplitude a reality

Insomniac Games contributes thousands to ongoing Kickstarter campaign for the new Amplitude game for PS3 and PS4.

The Kickstarter campaign for a new Amplitude game for PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4 has drawn the support of Ratchet & Clank and Sunset Overdrive developer Insomniac Games. Writing on the developer's website, Insomniac Games CEO Ted Price announced that the studio has contributed $7,500 to the campaign, which ends on Friday, May 23.

Price said his company adores music games (the company even used to have frequent Rock Band/Guitar Hero competitions) and called on his fans to support the new Amplitude campaign however they can. "We are big fans of both Harmonix and Amplitude, and we want to see Amplitude HD. We hope if you liked Amplitude or Frequency, or just love great music games in general, you'll consider pledging too."

The Kickstarter campaign for new Amplitude game for PS3 and PS4 is around 60 percent funded ($437,000 of its $775,000 goal) with three days to go. If the Kickstarter campaign comes up short, the game will not be made.

Insomniac Games had a number of options to choose from for its backer reward for supporting the game at the $7,500 level, and the developer ultimately decided to put one of its songs in the game. They chose "Crazy Ride," a funny track featured in a music video Insomniac Games put together earlier this year to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the company. You can watch this video below.

Writing on Twitter, Harmonix PR director John Drake said, "Can't tell you how crazy it is to get support from another 'big independent'. Insomniac Games knows the ups & downs we go through. Means a TON," he said.

Insomniac Games' current project is the Xbox One-exclusive Sunset Overdrive, which launches later this year.

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DrKill09
DrKill09

Never heard of Amplitude.


Heard of Amped.  Make a new one of those!  :P

Hurvl
Hurvl

Nice gesture, but in vain I suspect.

xantufrog
xantufrog

Insomniac is keeping it classy, well done

Dcyple3000
Dcyple3000

its funny how for years Sony owned studios were seen in a bad light. but in the last year, Naughty Dog, Insomniac 3rd party but made Sony exclusives, Sucker Punch, Guerrilla, all have shined lately. makes me wonder if some of those game been on Xbox or PC would they have gotten this respect sooner. Most of it is coming from Sunset Overdrive tho

playstationzone
playstationzone

Know this remake ps2 game know going to be made and my feeling that fans going to enjoy new vision of game.

freedom01
freedom01 moderator

thats very generous of Insomaniac, respect for the developers

berserker66666
berserker66666

Unfortunately that reality won't come to PC. Bummer.

iamllamapie
iamllamapie

@Dcyple3000  I don't recall this. In fact, they were praised for their franchises such as Jak & Daxter, Sly Cooper, Killzone, God of War and the likes. I don't see why now they're getting praised while when they were still creating great games they had a bad stigma.

xantufrog
xantufrog

@shinjuki Kinect? Is that you in shinjukI's body? We want to talk to shinjukl now...

jinzo9988
jinzo9988

@berserker66666 Music games on PC are both a blessing and a curse.  If it's popular enough, every PC music game gets "hacked" or modded to run custom content.  I mean that's fine for the developers, you're still paying to get the game and it extends the life of the game.  If it's really popular, someone out there will create an entire game that mimics the same gameplay and natively supports custom content.... in which case there's no need to buy the game at all.  That's where the curse comes in, but DLC was just coming into play when GH2 was new and modding like this makes DLC a very tough sell and thus a curse also.

Guitar Hero/Rock Band was like this for me, I stopped buying them after GH2 once I learned how to put custom content onto a disc(which was a massive pain at the time).  I believe people figured out how to do it with Guitar Hero 3 on PC which made it easier, and then entire games like Frets on Fire and Phase Shift came out.  This kind of thing has been going on for awhile, dating back to Dance Dance Revolution with games like Dance With Intensity and Stepmania(I remember a game even older than that but I can't remember what it was called).

Saidrex
Saidrex

@berserker66666 yeah, to consoles either :D funding failed

jeager_titan
jeager_titan

@Saidrex It ain't over till the last minute. But still if the game was announced for PC then it would've reached the funding goal in no time.

Saidrex
Saidrex

@jeager_titan yeah, but almost double funding in 3 days - impossible. They can't release it on PC, or Xbox, Sony holds the rights to this game. Only hope for them is that Sony sees that they almost reached their goal, people are still interested in this franchise and decide to fund it themselves.