Ratchet & Clank developer ventures into Tar Heel country with first expansion; offshoot expected to start up by January.
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.
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.
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
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)!!!!
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!!
Sounds good, I just hope this doesn't pull talent from the Burbank location. Love Insomniac by the way--my fav independent developer.
You can almost bet that once the new studio opens, first thing they'll be working on is Resistance 3 ;) , among others.
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. :)
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.
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
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
god Insomniac is amazing. cant wait for Resistance 2. Its good to know now that they are expanding finally.
Nice, it also represents that insomniac is now an even more strong-standing studio than it it was before.
As long as they dare not delay Resistance 2, I'm okay with the movement, not that it makes a difference to me...
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.
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.
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.
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...
@ nate1222 Same here. Just love R&C. Can't wait for the next. But Insomniac is probably concentrating on Resistance 2 for now...
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
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...
@ Dilan120 When I think of Naughty Dog, I think of Insomniac & vice-versa! This is simply great news for PS3 owners.
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