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Insomniac: “If It Hadn’t Been For Sony, We Wouldn’t Be Where We Are Now”

by Ernice Gilbert on October 20th, 2010, under Insomniac Games, News, Sony

When news broke that Insomniac Games had reached a deal with EA Partners to release their next big game, one that will see a release on PS3 and Xbox 360, gaming’s web had much to say about the development. Was it a good move to part ways with Sony and start doing multiplatform titles? Will it make any difference at all?

Many questions were asked and varying opinions still linger today, the main thing is, though, Insomniac Games remains independent and gets to dictate its own future, something studio boss Ted Price appreciates. For him, it was never about the money, and yet he’s extremely grateful to Sony for being a great partner for so long.

He reckons Insomniac would not be where it is today if Sony hadn’t played such an instrumental role

“I love the fact that we at Insomniac control our won destiny,” Price told the latest issue of EGM, “of course we are reliant on our partners and if it hadn’t been for Sony, we wouldn’t be where we are now.”

“By staying independent, we make the calls on what games we’re making, we take calculated risks, but we always understand what’s at stake. It’s an exciting place to be when you are in control of your own destiny.”

Price was then asked about his long time friends and co-founders of Naughty Dog, Jason Rubin and Andy Gavin, who sold their company to Sony and left very wealthy men. Yet he remained independent, the motivation behind his stance? “I haven’t been motivated by money,” he said.

“I personally don’t relish the thought of being part of a large corporation,” Price uttered, “I like the spirit of independence that Insomniac has, and it’s not just the independence we have as a company. It’s the independence we have within Insomniac – we encourage everybody here to come up with ideas on their own, to try things out in the game, to speak out about things they like and don’t like about our process.”

“Because we are small and independent, I believe it gives us the ability to turn around quickly when necessary, we are always changing up how we do things to make Insomniac a better place and to make our games better.

I think all that comes back to the spirit of independence. I haven’t been motivated by money. I’m much more motivated by the opportunity to create something great.”

Now that’s the kind of guy you want leading a company. Resistance 3 is Insomniac’s next big Sony exclusive and will be available next year. As for the new IP it’s being developed to be published by EA, signs a hinting at another shooter.

EGM’s in stores now, go grab a copy.

5 Comments

  1. Thu, 21st Oct 2010 at 2:56 am

    its going to hurt them in the sense that there not going to have access to first partys work now.
    before they shared engines, code with other first party developers.
    now im not so sure sony will let them do that, they dont want it leaking over to the 360 side.

  2. Thu, 21st Oct 2010 at 4:23 am

    I know what you mean. Do you think it was a good move for them?

  3. Thu, 21st Oct 2010 at 9:02 am

    short term yea, gives them a chance to expand, experiment and explore.
    long term im not so sure.
    cant say how this will effect there relationship with sony, assuming there not loosing anything from then than its a good move.
    if they are, well, im not so sure.
    they wanted to stay independent, sony was allowing them that so why go MP?
    sony would of supported them no matter what happened, EA, well i dont think they will look after them as well.
    i just hope this does not effect there games, they have released some of the generations best games and i really truly want that to continue!

  4. Thu, 21st Oct 2010 at 1:31 pm

    Good points.

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