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Sony made the best video game acquisition ever with Insomniac Games

Insomniac Games is responsible for three of the best-selling PlayStation 5 exclusives so far with two more coming soon.

What Insomniac Games is doing right now is akin to Tobey Maguire's Peter Parker stopping that train in Spider-Man 2.

Now that Nintendo and Xbox have each had their time in the spotlight already with the release of The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom and Starfield, respectively, it's now time for PlayStation to take center stage.

Gamers all over the world stand at the edge of their seat, awaiting the much-anticipated release of Marvel's Spider-Man 2 on October 20 by Insomniac Games. This sequel doesn't just promise another thrilling adventure but also marks a significant chapter in the evolution of its developer.

Insomniac, following the successful launch of Marvel's Spider-Man on the PlayStation 4, found itself as part of the best video game acquisition in recent years when a long-time partner in PlayStation acquired it in 2019 This strategic merger, one that Sony only paid a meager $229 million for, has bore fruit, as reflected in the words of Bryan Intihar, one of the brains behind Marvel's Spider-Man 2. 

Ratchet and Clank: Rift Apart might not have sold as well as expected on the PC, but it's the kind of game that will age gracefully on any platform.

In an interview with, Marvel's Spider-Man 2's creative director painted an ideal picture of a seamless transition and collaboration, specifically highlighting their work with PS5's lead architect, Mark Cerny.

Such synergies led to gameplay innovations like eliminating loading screens and enhancing Spider-Man's swinging dynamics. These achievements speak to the potential that can be unlocked when game studios and parent companies form harmonious alliances. It's the kind of relationship where resources overflow, but the essence of creativity remains unshackled - a blend of autonomy with gentle guidance.

However, the journey of Spider-Man 2 is a story of resilience and ingenuity as well. Insomniac Games, facing one of the worst pandemics in human history, showcased adaptability. With the backing of PlayStation, the first-party Sony studio pivoted to flexible working models, underscoring the principle that a contented and well-supported team can craft the kind of rare masterpieces that PlayStation owners are enjoying today. This philosophy has powered Insomniac for over a decade and a half.

Marvel's Spider-Man 2 may not end up winning GOTY later this year but something tells us that it will dominate conversations for a while.

Insomniac Games' output since the release of the PlayStation 5 is nothing short of prodigious. Titles such as Marvel's Spider-Man: Remastered, Marvel's Spider-Man: Miles Morales, and Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart have not only graced the PS5 but have also been adapted for the PC. With Marvel's Spider-Man 2 on the horizon, followed closely by Marvel's Wolverine, Insomniac is in a relentless sprint, echoing the celebrated times of a fellow first-party studio, Naughty Dog, working the same magic during the PlayStation 3 era. 

Mind you, we aren't making this comparison to spur rivalry and discontent. As the PS5 era unfolds, Sony's smorgasbord of industry giants are gearing up to offer gamers unmatched experiences on the PlayStation 5, but it's clear that Insomniac Games is carrying the brunt of the load at the moment. 

How Insomniac Games has managed to do what it's doing is something beyond most of us.

PlayStation fans resonate with the fun and immediacy that titles like Ratchet and Clank or Spider-Man bring. They cater to those who yearn for quick dives into action, akin to the simplicity and joy that few games can offer. Both Insomniac and Naughty Dog are titans in their rights, wielding technical prowess, serving different audiences, but unequivocally reigning supreme in the industry. However, equating Naughty Dog and Santa Monica Studio with Insomniac might be an oversimplification. They are all distinct in their offerings, each adding a unique flavor to Sony's expansive menu. But, as we've just mentioned, Insomniac's prolific releases in recent years have set them apart.

By October, Insomniac Games will have four next-generation titles under their belt since the PS5's 2020 debut with a fifth soon after, showcasing an impressive pace.

Make no mistake, it's impossible to overstate the popularity of God of War, The Last of Us, and Uncharted. These three are the pillars of the PlayStation brand. Spider-Man, even though closely associated with Sony - technically, Sony only owns the movie rights to good ol' webhead - isn't part of the elite club yet. But, Insomniac is making a strong case. A few years from now, especially if Insomniac Games manages to steal a GOTY award right under everyone's noses - believe it or not, Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart is the studio's only game to be nominated for GOTY at The Game Awards - the conversation might be different.

Marvel's Spider-Man 2's likely lack of DLC won't hurt its legacy one bit.

Looking back, Sony's acquisition of Insomniac Games for a sum of $229 million seems like a masterstroke. The return on investment, in terms of financial gains and enriched gaming experiences, has likely been exponential.

Where others have only had troubles following acquisitions and the COVID-19 pandemic, resulting in subpar titles or cut content, Insomniac Games seems to have found its momentum. 

From its independent origins to its current stature as a cornerstone of the PlayStation brand, Insomniac Games' saga is of grit and grace, echoing Peter Parker's indomitable spirit as the friendly neighborhood Spider-Man.

We're now excited to see what else Insomniac Games has in store for the PlayStation 5.

As Marvel's Spider-Man 2 looms on the horizon, it's clear that Insomniac Games is just getting started.

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Ray Ampoloquio

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Ray is a lifelong gamer with a nose for keeping up with the latest news in and out of the gaming industry. When he's not reading, writing, editing, and playing video games, he builds and repairs computers in his spare time. You can find Ray on Twitter and LinkedIn.
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