Sony acquires Marvel’s Spider-Man studio Insomniac Games

Sony has acquired Insomniac Games, the studio behind the hugely successful PlayStation 4 exclusive, Marvel’s Spider-Man. Sony says the acquisition comes after “a working relationship between Insomniac Games and SIE spanning more than 20 years”, and the new partnership will “enhance the creative force within SIE WWS […] that continues to raise the bar on open world, story-driven games”. 

“Big news: Insomniac Games is joining PlayStation’s Worldwide Studios!” Sony announced by way of its PlayStation Twitter account during Gamescom. “We are honored and thrilled to join forces with this legendary developer. Please join us in congratulating our friends and partners at Insomniac!”

Insomniac Games – which is currently based in Burbank, California, and Durham, North Carolina – is also the award-winning studio behind franchises like Spyro the Dragon, Ratchet & Clank, and Resistance. Its latest release, Marvel’s Spider-Man, has now sold 13.2m copies as of July 28th, 2019. 

“Insomniac Games is one of the most highly-acclaimed development studios in the industry and their legacy of best-in class storytelling and gameplay is unparalleled,” said Sony studios boss, Shawn Layden, by way of a press statement

“We have enjoyed a strong collaborative partnership with the studio for many years, and are thrilled to officially welcome them to the Worldwide Studios family. The addition of Insomniac Games to SIE WWS reiterates our commitment to developing world class gaming experiences that can only be found on the PlayStation platform.”

“Joining the WWS family gives Insomniac even greater opportunities to achieve our studio vision of making positive and lasting impressions on people’s lives,” added Ted Price, Insomniac Games founder and boss. “We’ve enjoyed a special relationship with PlayStation practically since our inception. Our partnership amplifies our potential, and Marvel’s Spider-Man was a testament to this. We’re excited to take the next step in our growth alongside our longtime WWS partners. Most of all, we look forward to delivering fresh, new experiences for our fans.”

Insomniac Games joins other Sony Interactive Entertainment’s Worldwide Studios, including first-party developers Guerilla, Naughty Dog, and Media Molecule.

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It took 15 years of civil service monotony for Vikki to crack and switch to writing about games. She has since become an experienced reporter and critic working with a number of specialist and mainstream outlets in both the UK and beyond, including Eurogamer, GamesRadar+, IGN, MTV, and Variety.

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