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EA Partners signs Insomniac Games for new multi-platform IP

Tuesday, 25 May 2010 16:00 GMT By Johnny Cullen

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EA Partners has signed Insomniac Games for the developer’s first multi-platform title ever. That’s right: Insomniac’s creating a 360 game.

The title is part of a new IP in development at Insomniac’s Burbank studio in California for PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360.

Terms of the deal were not announced, although the developer will keep control of all rights to the IP.

In its 16 year existence, until now, Insomniac has always created titles for PlayStation platforms, be that with Spyro the Dragon, Ratchet & Clank and Resistance.

“Working with EA Partners allows us to extend the reach of our games to a multiplatform audience while retaining ownership of the intellectual property,” said CEO of Insomniac, Ted Price.

“We are excited and eager to introduce Insomniac to a new group of gamers while reinforcing to our loyal fans what makes our games special.”

“Insomniac is renowned for their commitment to quality and their ability to create unique, exciting worlds for gamers to explore,” said EA Partners general manager, David DeMartini.

“We look forward to help them bring their next blockbuster franchise to the millions of diehard Insomniac fans on PlayStation and the soon to be millions of diehard Insomniac fans on Xbox 360.”

No date for the title was mentioned.

We chatted to Price and DeMartini about the deal last night. Get more on it here.

PR below.

INSOMNIAC GAMES SELECTS EA PARTNERS FOR NEW PUBLISHING
AGREEMENT

New Franchise Marks the Independent Studio’s First Multiplatform Release

Redwood Shores, Calif. – May 25, 2010 – Today, Electronic Arts Inc. (NASDAQ: ERTS) announced a publishing agreement with independent developer Insomniac Games that will bring the studio’s upcoming, all-new franchise to the PlayStation®3 computer entertainment system and the Xbox 360® videogame and entertainment system.

This will be the first multiplatform release in Insomniac’s storied 16-year history.

Published through the distinguished EA Partners program, the new title will mark the introduction of a brand new universe from Insomniac, creators of the universally-acclaimed Spyro the Dragon, Ratchet & Clank and Resistance franchises that have combined to sell more than 35 million copies worldwide.

The still unnamed title is in production at the company’s Burbank studio. Terms of the agreement were not disclosed.

“Working with EA Partners allows us to extend the reach of our games to a multiplatform audience while retaining ownership of the intellectual property,” said Ted Price, founder and CEO of Insomniac Games.

“We are excited and eager to introduce Insomniac to a new group of gamers while reinforcing to our loyal fans what makes our games special.”

“This is an exciting day for all of us at EA Partners and for gamers everywhere,” said David DeMartini, Senior Vice President and General Manager of EA Partners. “Insomniac is renowned for their commitment to quality and their ability to create unique, exciting worlds for gamers to explore.

We look forward to help them bring their next blockbuster franchise to the millions of diehard Insomniac fans on PlayStation and the soon to be millions of diehard Insomniac fans on Xbox 360.”

Ship timing for the game was not announced.

For more information on Insomniac Games, please visit www.insomniacgames.com.
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34 Comments

  1. V_Ben

    awesome news. Hope the IP is a solid one!

    #1 5 years ago
  2. Erthazus

    So yeap, no Resistance 3 this year. Gheritt was right.

    #2 5 years ago
  3. Gheritt White

    Can’t wait! So exciting!

    #3 5 years ago
  4. OlderGamer

    All I can say is it is about damn time.

    #4 5 years ago
  5. Benjo1981

    Cool, will look forward to seeing what this is.

    #5 5 years ago
  6. Johnny Cullen

    This is probably going to turn ugly soon.

    #6 5 years ago
  7. Blerk

    Glad to see this rumour turned out to be absolutely untrue like they repeatedly said it wa… wait! :-D

    #7 5 years ago
  8. theevilaires

    It’s exciting because a once only Sony dev is now doing a multiplat title? Huh? You know what will be exciting….the day the stealth 360 fanboys actually purchase and own a PS3.

    #8 5 years ago
  9. Redh3lix

    This is good news all around tbh as R&C and Resi were a little stale imo. Great dev house though, just need to try something new tbh.

    #9 5 years ago
  10. Detale

    Interesting news, can’t wait to see what the Insomniac guys have up their sleeves.

    #10 5 years ago
  11. OlderGamer

    I don’t know Tea, if Bungie can do it, why not Insomniac?

    I think it makes good sense from a biz stand point. More money to be made in multiplatforming. So if that makes them a stronger/bigger/better studio …thats a good thing.

    #11 5 years ago
  12. Gheritt White

    @ 8: It’s exciting like Bungie going multiplat is exciting… exciting like seeing new ways for you to express that giant chip on your shoulder, you odious cuntrag.

    #12 5 years ago
  13. Redh3lix

    12: “…you odious cuntrag”

    Will try and fit that within a sentence tommorow as it’s simply awesome :D

    #13 5 years ago
  14. theevilaires

    @ O.G. I understand that point and have no issue with that business aspect. Its just funny how some people here in the past (who are well known die hard XBOTS) always crapped on Insomniac games when they were only PS3 exclusive.

    Now he’s pretending to like Insomniac all of a sudden. When we all know if Bungie did a PS3 exclusive he’d slit his throat in a fucking heart beat.

    #14 5 years ago
  15. Blerk

    I literally just spat tea on my desk when I read “odious cuntrag”! :-D

    #15 5 years ago
  16. Detale

    I just hope they find time to squeeze out another R&C game, we’re big fans. Even if they go for another downloadable episode like the pirate flavoured one they did last time.

    #16 5 years ago
  17. Gheritt White

    @14: Bite me, fanboy.

    #17 5 years ago
  18. Aimless

    Good for Insomniac. It’s certainly been a long time coming!

    I rather hope their new games is some sort of modern take on the platformer, seeing as it’s pretty much an uncontested genre outside the Wii. A Crack In Time had some promising elements in that respect, but that series has always been a shooter first and foremost with the exploration being more of an added flavour.

    More tangentially, if this is the reason you don’t think R3 will be announced this year, Gheritt, it’s worth mentioning that Insomniac have two studios now, one in Burbank the other in North Carolina.

    #18 5 years ago
  19. theevilaires

    Right, I’m the fanboy who owns both a Xbox360 and a PS3. While you still sit there and pray for things like this to happen with every Sony exclusive.

    Go lick a camel’s ass Gheritt.

    #19 5 years ago
  20. OlderGamer

    @ Gheritt White for what it is worth, I don’t think that commet was called for. Pretty immature. Thats all i am going to say about it.

    Never understood fanboyism, one way or another.

    Anways: @ Detale I agree that one negitive from this could be reduction in PS3 exclusive games. I hope not, and also hope that the quality of said games don’t dip either. Seems that they might need to expand their staff to meet their new goals. Again the hope would be that doing so doesn’t delute their talant pool.

    #20 5 years ago
  21. Johnny Cullen

    Word of the way: “cuntrag”. :D

    #21 5 years ago
  22. Gheritt White

    @ 18: No, I don’t think R3 will be announced this year because I expect the studio to give the third instalment a three-year dev cycle. Announcing it at E3 ’10 would be eighteen months ahead of my projection for its release, which wouldn’t make much sense in PR terms. But hey, I could very well be wrong.

    @ 20: #17 was probably uncalled for… I was just looking for an excuse to use that pic, tbh.

    #22 5 years ago
  23. OlderGamer

    I like the pic lol.

    But imo #12 was rude. Not my place to say I guess.

    #23 5 years ago
  24. Gheritt White

    @ 23: ‘Course it’s your place – we’re all entitled to voice our opinions, OG – especially in what equates to a forum.

    #24 5 years ago
  25. Erthazus

    What pisses me off that they are not making for PC.

    So PC is a problem?

    #25 5 years ago
  26. theevilaires

    Doesn’t effect me O.G. one bit. He can say whatever he wants. They’re just cheap quick laughs for the rest of his XBOT buddies.

    Its sad to know that most of them only really care about Sony losing an exclusive dev team rather than a great dev team spreading their talents to a system that needs good games desperately (especially first party stuff).

    #26 5 years ago
  27. Gheritt White

    Aww, he’s flirting! Bless his cotton socks.

    #27 5 years ago
  28. theevilaires

    Lets look at this new venture with EA like an experiment. If Insomniac does a game with multiplayer and includes a structure like R2′s 30 on 30 we’ll see if the mighty xbox live can handle it without lag issues.

    Hopefully they can teach Epic a few things before Gears3 releases.

    #28 5 years ago
  29. Galactic_Barret

    Hmm, wish I could muster up the emotion to be upset or shocked, but its just so good for them, all I can is smile and wish them the best.

    I hope the new IP is in a new genre. I know the 360 is in need of platformers, but if they really want to spread their wings, they need to explore something out of their comfort zone.

    #29 5 years ago
  30. Johnny Cullen

    Wow, I’ll be honest. I was kinda expecting a massive meltdown on the level of FFXIII 360, but this just shows there might be a little bit of maturity from this massive fanboy war left.

    I guess that with Bungie coming to PS3, Insomniac was a trade-off somewhat.

    #30 5 years ago
  31. Withnail

    Why would anybody have a meltdown? Sony and PS3 fans didn’t lose anything, Insomniac will still be making PS3 exclusives, but they also just gained a multi-platform game from a developer that knows the PS3 inside out. Looks like a win-win situation to me.

    #31 5 years ago
  32. Gheritt White

    @ 31: QFT

    #32 5 years ago
  33. The Hindle

    I cant believe how much news ive missed dam internet going away. anyone mind doing a recap lol there is so much.

    #33 5 years ago
  34. Erthazus

    @30 It’s because Insomniac is still developing exclusive games for PS3.
    They are not going multiplat for 100%. Thats why we don’t see fanboy rage much.
    and with Bungie there was not so much of a rage because Halo will be developed by 343 industries.

    FFXIII is another story.

    #34 5 years ago

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  • Pillars of Eternity releases today – get all the review scores here

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  • Take an in-depth look at Evolve’s Behemoth monster and four new hunters

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  • PS4 firmware update 2.50 causing issues with Killzone: Shadow Fall

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  • Bungie on Destiny matchmaking: “We believe there’s no substitute for a pre-made team”

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  • Bloodborne works with suspend/resume, but only offline

    PlayStation 4′s newly-added suspend/resume feature works with Bloodborne as you’d expect, but only while offline. PlayStation 4 received the long-awaited suspend/resume feature today as part of firmware 2.50, and people are starting to test it out with various games. Bloodborne does work with the feature, but only if you play offline. Playing online is arguably […]

  • This is what Crossy Road looks like in first-person

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  • Take a small behind-the-scenes peek at Mass Effect 4

    BioWare cinematic director Ken Thain has given us a very slim look behind the scenes at some motion capture work from the upcoming Mass Effect game. The upcoming Mass Effect game, whether it ends up being called Mass Effect 4 or not, will most definitely incorporate some form of motion capture work. How do we […]

  • Borderlands: The Handsome Collection – 8GB day one patch on PS4, 16GB on Xbox One

    Day one patches for Borderlands: The Handsome Collection are pretty hefty. Both the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One versions of Borderlands: The Handsome Collection require players to download lots of gigabytes to make the experience as smooth as possible. The PlayStation 4 version has an 8.31GB day one patch. The Xbox One version however has […]

  • Get a PlayStation 4 with Bloodborne and The Last of Us for $435

    If you’ve been waiting for the perfect game to get to buy a PlayStation 4, there’s no better time than the present. Amazon is offering a good PlayStation 4 bundle at the moment. For $434.99, you get a PlayStation 4 console, The Last of Us, and Bloodborne. The Last of Us is of course the […]

  • Upcoming Battlefield Hardline patch to nerf the K10, buff battle rifles

    Battlefield Hardline’s first patch will focus on weapon balance and a few changes have been proposed. Battlefield Hardline lead multiplayer designer Thaddeus Sasser posted a few of the balance changes that the team is considering for the next patch. K10: reduce bullet damage to 33 Saiga and PTR: reduce recoil to bring more in line […]

  • Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 and a new Resident Evil game coming this year, according to research firm

    According to digital games analyst SuperData, a new Resident Evil game is due this fall and that this year’s Call of Duty is Black Ops 3. In its latest report on digital console games, research and analytics firm SuperData revealed that a new Resident Evil is coming this fall. “We anticipate this month’s downturn to […]

  • Bloodborne: you can add gestures to your messages

    As players get deeper into Bloodborne, they keep uncovering so many of its little new additions, including this one. Bloodborne, like all of the Souls games before it, allows players to leave messages for other players. These messages could be used to point players towards impending doom, treasure, or just be sarcastic and witty. What […]

  • PlayStation 4 firmware update 2.50 is now live

    PlayStation 4 firmware update version 2.50 has started rolling out. Reports are coming in saying that Yukimura, PlayStation 4′s firmware 2.50 has been made available to download. The update is clocking in at just 245mb, so get downloading. 2.50 brings with it many new additions, including the suspend/resume feature, backup and restore, accessibility options and […]

  • Harley Quinn DLC for Batman: Arkham Knight is a prequel

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  • Bloodborne Vicar Amelia summon mystery solved

    Bloodborne players unable to summon near Vicar Amelia: here’s your solution. Bloodborne’s secrets are unfolding by the hour as clever players piece together From Software’s cunning design. Yesterday we reported problems summoning in the Cathedral Ward, before the Vicar Amelia boss fight. It turns out this isn’t a bug – or if it is, it’s […]

  • Steven Spielberg will direct film adaption of Ready Player One

    Steven Spielberg will direct the film adaption of the sci-fi, virtual world, video game themed novel Ready Player One by Ernest Cline. Warner Bros. bought the rights to the film in June 2010 and hired screenwriter Zak Penn to rewrite the previous draft written by Eric Eason, according to Deadline. The book takes place in […]

  • Bloodborne players with PS4 headsets shouldn’t forget about the custom audio

    Here’s a friendly reminder for Bloodborne players with PS4 headsets: be sure to download the Headset Companion App from the PlayStation store if you haven’t already. As previously reported, the game supports a custom Bloodborne audio mode which can be uploaded. It contains custom audio created by developers specifically tuned to enhance the audio. This […]

  • EA explains why FIFA Ultimate Team transfer prices are now platform specific

    EA has posted a blog entry explaining its FIFA Ultimate Team transfer market price ranges which now include platform-specific pricing in order to best the coin sellers. EA said it has implemented the changes to FUT over the last several weeks because it should be “fair and fun for every player,” ultimately coming to the […]

  • Game of Thrones: Episode 3 – The Sword in the Darkness now available

    In case you forgot, Game of Thrones: Episode 3 – The Sword in the Darkness was released today. It is available on Mac, PC, PlayStation 3, PS4, Xbox 360 and Xbox One. The third episode releases on iOS devices and Android tomorrow, March 26. The Sword in the Darkness finds Asher Forrester heading to Mereen […]

  • Bloodborne players are already documenting their crazy antics

    Bloodborne has been available for almost two days now in North America, and already players are posting interesting clips and character customization choices for the game. Below are interesting takes on creating a character and videos of a frustrating death and another full of blood coming from a very painful place – monster or not. […]

  • FIFA Ultimate Team celebrates sixth year in existence with giveaways

    FIFA Ultimate Team is celebrating its sixth year in existence with special events running from today until March 29. According to EA, every FUT fan will be handed one free pack every day, and those who play at least one match in the FUT Birthday Cup will have a chance to win rare “tradable In-Forms” […]

  • Halo Online is a F2P PC game in development exclusively for Russia – video

    Halo Online is a free-to-play game which will launch this spring in Russia, and is in development with Saber Interactive. According the reveal event attended by IGN Russia, the game was designed to run well on lower-end PCs and runs on a modified Halo 3 engine. The game is set on a secret UNSC space […]

  • SteamWorld Dig Xbox One release expected in late May

    SteamWorld Dig is coming to Xbox One, developer Image & Form has announced. A firm release date hasn’t been announced, but the studio expects the title to arrive on the system in late May. “We’re preparing quite an elaborate Easter egg for the Xbox One version – a gaming thing that we really wanted to […]

  • SMITE celebrating first anniversary with a sale on skins, Ultimate God Pack

    Hi-Rez Studios is celebrating the first anniversary of SMITE with a sale. From today through Friday, March 27, the Ultimate God Pack, which includes all current and future Gods, will run you $19.99. Alll individual pre-launch skins are 50% off, and all Gem Packs will award bonus gems. In addition, from March 27-29, all SMITE […]

  • Borderlands 2 has sold around 12 million copies, says Gearbox

    Speaking with Microsoft’s Major Nelson in his podcast, Gearbox Software boss Randy Pitchford stated Borderlands 2 has sold somewhere around the 12 million mark. As of August 2014, it was announced by Take-Two in its financial report the 2012 game had sold-in 10 million units. Pitchford noted in the podcast he learned of the figures […]

  • Broken Age releasing on PS4 and Vita same day as Act 2 on PC

    Double Fine Productions has announced it will release Broken Age on the PlayStation Store next month. Act 2 will also be released on PC. The full Broken Age adventure will release on PlayStation 4 and Vita on April 28 in North America and April 29 in Europe. It features cross-buy and cross-save. Broken Age Act […]

  • Star Citizen earned another $1 million within two weeks – total hits $76 million

    Star Citizen continues its funding streak with backers pumping another $1 million into the game’s development in the last two weeks. The total earned for the space sim has now reached $76 million ($76,015,532 to be exact) with 851,395 backers contributing to the staggering figure. Star Citizen’s latest update was version 1.1 which included two […]

  • Final Fantasy Type-0 HD, Resident Evil Revelations 2 and Battlefield: Hardline top Media Create charts

    Final Fantasy Type-0 HD, Resident Evil Revelations 2 and Battlefield: Hardline were the big ticket debuts during the March 16-2 period in Japan, with each game claiming the top three slots on the Media Create charts, respectively. Final Fantasy Type-0 HD moved 92,094 on PlayStation 4, while Resident Evil Revelations 2 moved 73,373 units on […]

  • You can now learn English or Spanish on Xbox One with the Rosetta App

    Want to learn English or Spanish? Rosetta Stone has an App for that on Xbox One. According to the language teaching firm, Rosetta Stone’s Discover Languages, the new application teaches English and Spanish by way of immersive simulation. Users will virtually travel to learn vocabulary and grammar “necessary for real-world interactions.” Here’s how it works: […]

  • PayDay 2 and PayDay: The Heist have sold over 9 million units combined

    The PayDay franchise is a lucrative IP for Starbreeze and Overkill, as both games combined have sold over 9 million copies as of November 2014. The company has also sold over 8 million paid DLC packages since PayDay 2 was released in 2013 (via NeoGAF). In its Q2 half year report issued in February, net […]

  • Nintendo wants to “surprise” customers with NX, not expand upon existing hardware

    Nintendo president Satoru Iwata has firm wants to “surprise” players with its new NX system. Speaking in an interview with Nikkei, translated by Kotaku, Iwata wouldn’t go into details on the new system, but stated expanding on a current gaming system would be “dull.” “In the past few years, the idea of what [encompasses] a […]

  • Kojima Station show suspended

    In another episode in the the ongoing kerfuffle between Hideo Kojima and Konami, the publisher has suspended the Kojima Station web show. Recent tweets from the newly created Japanese Metal Gear Solid account confirm that Kojima Station will not be broadcast tomorrow, but would not provide a date for the next episode. The Tweets were […]

  • Watch Battle Royale for free this weekend on Xbox Live

    Square Enix is celebrating the launch of Final Fantasy Type-0 HD by offering Xbox Live members in the UK a free rental of Battle Royale. Starting Saturday, March 28 and through Sunday, March 29, Xbox Live members in the UK will be able to rent Battle Royale through the Xbox Video Store, for free. The […]

  • Bloodborne journal, part 1: managing anxiety on the path to the Cleric Beast

    Bloodborne is both like and unlike the Souls games. Brenna descends into Yharnam with reluctance and trepidation. Need help succeeding in Bloodborne? You need our Bloodborne walkthrough and boss guide. Bloodborne isn’t Demon’s Souls or Dark Souls. Let’s get that out of the way right off. I enjoyed both Dark Souls games, but it was […]