Sunset Overdrive Dev Says No One Has Ever Made a Game Like This

In response to claims that the dev "ripped off" ideas for the game, developer says, "I don't think we've pinched anything."

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Sunset Overdrive, the upcoming Xbox One game from longtime PlayStation developer Insomniac Games (Ratchet & Clank, Resistance), is unlike anything out there today. That's according to Insomniac Games head of community, James Stevenson, who said in a new interview that it's not true that the developer is ripping off other developer's ideas for the game.

"I don't think we've pinched anything," he told TrustedReviews. "No one has made any sort of combination like [Sunset Overdrive]."

That's not to say the game isn't inspired by other popular franchises, however. "Certainly there's inspiration from Jet Set Radio or Tony Hawk," he said. "Peggle was a big inspiration because we wanted to have that 'holy sh*t' moment when fireworks and pyros are going off."

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Other influences for Sunset Overdrive were movies like Scott Pilgrim and I Am Legend, Stevenson said. The overall goal for Sunset Overdrive was to show players that "the apocalypse can be fun and that there are no rules," he said.

Further inspirations include a respawn animation similar to Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure, and another that's based on Valve's Portal series. The game even has a Breaking Bad reference at the beginning. It's all part of Insomniac's drive to celebrate gaming and pop culture, all while ensuring that Sunset Overdrive doesn't take itself too seriously.

"We wear it on our sleeve. We're not trying to pinch anything. We're trying to show our respect for a lot of that stuff," he said. "Like I said, what we made ultimately made feels very different to everything else you've ever played. So while it was certainly inspired by all those things, we've certainly not pinched or ripped anyone else off."

"It's really a celebration of games, gamers, and Insomniac's history and the games Insomniac has made," he added. "It takes a lot of the best things we've done and wraps them up in a new way and also puts some brand new spin on it."

Sunset Overdrive--the biggest game Insomniac has ever made--launches exclusively for Xbox One on October 28. We recently learned that it will run in 900p at 30fps. For more on Sunset Overdrive, check out GameSpot's previous coverage.

Eddie Makuch is a news editor at GameSpot, and you can follow him on Twitter @EddieMakuch

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