Insomniac has shared fresh details regarding Sunset Overdrive. If you own a Playstation 4, and you are wondering why you are not getting Insomniac’s latest game, you will want to read this.
Here’s the quote from co-creator Marcus Smith, on looking for buyers and funders early on:
We pitched it a few different places, and it was really important to [Insomniac CEO] Ted [Price] that we own the IP, so some of the conversations broke down over that. With Microsoft, they just came in very energetic and excited to work with Insomniac, period. And we’d heard some really good things about them and some resources that they would be allowing us to have.
So yes, he never mentions them by name, but it’s definitely implied that they went to Sony, and that was one of the conversations that broke down over owning the IP. Of course, this is not to take away from the PS4’s games, or their exclusives, but clearly a picture is emerging here, of Sony turning down projects.
While it’s easy to point at the large loss the company is about to report this financial year, we wonder if other factors are in play. Has Sony allocated their budgets for VR, so much so that they had to bow out of bankrolling games? Or is it a situation where they’re being more selective at picking up projects than Microsoft? Remember, prior to this, Insomniac had been making games for Playstation for quite a while.
Whatever the case, there may be a chance that PS4 owners will be disappointed in the coming years as more and more juicy games don’t go to their platform, over exclusive deals with Microsoft, and even Nintendo, who’s shown eagerness in bankrolling exclusives with 3rd parties now.
You can read more details from Insomniac’s interview with IGN here.