Insomniac Games (originally called Xtreme Software) is a game development studio. Although they mainly develop for Sony consoles, Insomniac Games were actually an independent studio, until August 2019 when they were acquired by Sony Interactive Entertainment.
Insomniac is most known for their Ratchet & Clank franchise.
Notable Games Released
- Disruptor (1996)
- Spyro the Dragon (1998)
- Spyro 2: Ripto's Rage (1999)
- Spyro 3: Year of the Dragon (2000)
- Ratchet & Clank (2002)
- Ratchet & Clank 2: Going Commando (2003, known as Ratchet & Clank 2: Locked & Loaded in Europe and Australia)
- Ratchet & Clank: Up Your Arsenal (2004, known as Ratchet & Clank 3 in Europe and Japan)
- Ratchet: Deadlocked (2005)
- Resistance: Fall of Man (2006)
- Ratchet & Clank Future: Tools of Destruction (2007)
- Ratchet & Clank: A Quest for Booty (2008)
- Resistance 2 (2008)
- Ratchet & Clank Future: A Crack In Time (2009)
- Resistance 3 (2011)
- Ratchet & Clank: All 4 One (2011)
- Ratchet & Clank: Full Frontal Assault (2012, known as Q-Force in Europe)
- Outernauts (2012)
- Fuse (2013)
- Ratchet & Clank: Into the Nexus (2013)
- Sunset Overdrive (2014)
- Ratchet & Clank (2016)
- Marvel's Spider-Man (2018)
- Marvel's Spider-Man: Miles Morales (2020)
- Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart (TBD)
Why They Rock
- They created the beloved Spyro the Dragon and Ratchet & Clank franchises.
- Most of their games have been well received by gamers and critics alike, with Ratchet & Clank 3 and Spyro: Year of the Dragon in particular amassing critical acclaim. Even their first game, Disruptor, is considered one of the best DOOM clones on the PlayStation.
- Their games have great stories that feature many memorable characters and have some great humor.
- They have a close relationship with Naughty Dog, with whom they share technology with. At one point they even worked in the same building.
- For the original Spyro trilogy, Insomniac used a rendering technique that reduces the polygon count of objects, enemies, and the environment the further away they are, instead of relying on distance fog.
- Incredibly fun gameplay.
- Their games are well optimized for the console they're on. Even if they use a lot of particle effects, the games' frame rate rarely drops (even if they did, they're barely noticeable).
- Insomniac's CEO, Ted Price, believes that trust and honest communication are essential to game development, and he views game design as a social process. The company also understands why new intellectual properties (or IP's) are important. Their track record of well received titles proves this philosophy definitely works.
- After the first Ratchet & Clank game received backlash over Ratchet being a selfish, abrasive, and unlikeable jackass, the team changed the character's personality and voice actor in the sequel. This shows that Insomniac is willing to listen to criticism from the gaming community, and make the necessary changes. After the failure of Fuse, the studio decided to stick to what they knew; light-hearted, colourful, cartoony shooters with creative and over-the-top weapons.
- They have made what many consider to be the best Spider-Man game ever made, despite having no prior experience working with licensed games. In fact, this Spider-Man title is actually considered canon to Marvel Comics!
- In light of the #puddlegate "controversy" surrounding Spider-Man, a patch was announced that included, among other things, puddle stickers for Photo Mode. Another team member tweeted that they take feedback seriously, all as a fun little "Take That!" towards the people who blew the whole #puddlegate "controversy" out of proportion.
- Rather than take advantage of the holidays, Insomniac gave Spider-Man players the Sam Raimi "Webbed Suit" free of charge instead of selling it in an act of good will.
- After Ratchet And Clank: A Crack In Time, the series went downhill due to Insomniac trying to change the formula of the series by adding new gimmicks such as tower defense gameplay and co-op. The titles also got shorter and were priced at $40 or cheaper. After the re-imagining for the Playstation 4 (which actually was good and not a disappointment that was rushed out the door to meet a deadline like Into The Nexus), the series went on hiatus, so Insomniac could focus on other projects. Though Ratchet & Clank is officially returning with Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart.
- They have a history of SJW as well with one of their artists mocking a female artist for their fan design of Lady from Devil May Cry calling her transphobic.
Insomniac Games has been recognised by The Society of Human Resource Management as one of the best companies in America to work for. They were also ranked as the 20th best game developer of all time by IGN. They also became responsible for what is currently Sony Interactive Entertainment's fastest selling 1st party title to date.