Insomniac Games, the developer behind hits like Sunset Overdrive and Spider-Man for the PlayStation 4 console, has been acquired by Sony Interactive Entertainment.
Yesterday, Sony Interactive Entertainment (SIE) announced that it has come to an agreement to acquire Insomniac Games — the developer behind the recent Spider-Man game for PlayStation 4. This acquisition by Sony Interactive Entertainment has opened a doorway for Insomniac Games to be a part of Worldwide Studios, as well as Naughty Dog, Guerrilla Games, Sucker Punch, Santa Monica Studio and Japan Studios, among others.
“We’ve enjoyed a special relationship with PlayStation practically since our inception,” Insomniac founder and CEO Ted Price said in the acquisition’s announcement. “Our partnership amplifies our potential, and Marvel’s Spider-Man was a testament to this.”
Insomniac Games initially came from humble beginnings but quickly cemented itself in the gaming industry after the success of Spyro the Dragon for PlayStation, Ratchet & Clank and Resistance.
Of course, this sudden news of acquisition has led to many loyal Insomniac Games’ fans asking what will be the future of Sunset Overdrive. Even though Insomniac Games had a record for developing games mostly intended for the PlayStation line of consoles, Sunset Overdrive was one of the first Xbox exclusives revealed at Microsoft’s E3 2013 presentation. Later, the game released for Xbox One in 2014 and for PC in 2018.
And now since Sony Interactive Entertainment has acquired Insomniac Games, the question is what will happen to existing games such as Sunset Overdrive, will fans be seeing a PlayStation port of Sunset Overdrive? Or even a potential sequel later down the road? The possibility is that we may get Sunset Overdrive 2 in PlayStation 5 down the road as Insomniac Games owns the IP.
And what about Spider-Man? We know that Sony holds the rights to Venom and since Spider-Man PS4’s ending left a teaser for Venom as the villain for Spider-Man 2, it makes sense for this acquisition. With Sony’s next-gen PlayStation 5 console on the horizon, now is the perfect time for Insomniac Games’ Spider-Man to join the Sony Interactive Entertainment family.
Because the acquisition took place just yesterday, not a lot is known about the future of Insomniac Games titles like Sunset Overdrive. And since neither Insomniac Games nor Sony Interactive Entertainment has revealed any future plans, the best thing to do is consider all of this as speculation and take it with the proverbial grain of salt.