There are a number of factors that make the gaming industry different from any other. It’s the only growing industry that people still think is targeted towards kids. It’s the only industry that has hundreds of news-covering fan sites. And it’s the only industry where companies actually encourage fans to jump on their bandwagon and trash the opponents (i.e. the raging fanboys). As a result, whenever a controversial topic comes up, it nearly always ends in a burning flamewar. This series of features is designed to put an end to it all, with one final decision on who has the hottest MILF! Ok, I may not end it all, but I will do my best to provide you with a unique look at the happenings in the gaming world.
When I first thought of this feature, I couldn’t think of any better subject to start off with than Insomniac. While nearly everyone is familiar with Insomniac's titles, most people don’t realize one very important fact: Insomniac is NOT one of Sony's first party studios. For those who don’t know, a first party developer is one that is owned by the console manufacturer itself, ensuring that the studio works exclusively on its hardware. Insomniac, on the other hand, is considered to be a second party developer. This means that while they make their games exclusive to one company, they are in no way owned or operated by it. This means that Insomniac could leave Sony and go multiplatform if it chose to do so.
Now lately there have been quite a few articles from unknown sources, or as I like to call them, “the writer’s father's brother's nephew's cousin's former roomate who happens to work at Sony as a janitor,” that mention Insomniac will be leaving exclusivity behind in their upcoming games. Let’s look at this from the two perspectives and get the facts out there in the light.
So why would Insomniac go multiplatform? Well, it would most importantly allow their titles to pull in a lot more sales. Let’s face it, the 360 is winning the console war here in the West, and that’s the audience that Insomniac's games are targeted at. If they went to the 360, their sales would not only double, but possibly triple. Being an independent studio, why wouldn’t they want the extra money? Insomniac has also recently expanded their studio by opening a new branch in North Carolina, so they are clearly getting bigger and need the support. Insomniac could very well get to the point where they could publish their own games. This would allow them to no longer need Sony's support—they could own the rights to all their games, and put them on whatever platform they want.