Insomniac Explains Why Sunset Overdrive is Xbox One Exclusive

Sunset Overdrive is being developed exclusively for the Xbox One. Insomniac Games CEO and Founder Ted Price explains why in his latest blog post on the studio’s official blog.

“It may surprise some of our longtime fans that we have partnered with Microsoft Studios to develop Sunset Overdrive exclusively for Xbox One,” writes Price. “When we first began discussing this idea with Microsoft, we were initially hesitant to shift back into an exclusive arrangement. But as the Microsoft team began introducing us to the abilities and philosophies driving the development of Xbox One, we knew that Sunset Overdrive was a perfect fit.

“The Xbox One and Xbox Live will support our ambitions to create an ongoing two-way dialogue with our community. It will also allow us to have quicker production cycles, enabling timely content updates for new weapons, characters, storylines and even pop culture-relevant content like memes based on social commentary.”

He goes on to explain that despite its exclusivity deal with Microsoft on Sunset Overdrive, the company continues to be “100% independent” and will continue to make games on their own terms without allowing themselves to be dictated by external forces. Price does not rule out the possibility of developing titles for Sony’s platforms.

“While we are excited about partnering with Microsoft on Sunset Overdrive, that doesn’t mean we can’t or wouldn’t make games with our longtime friends at Sony,” writes Price. “That’s the magic of being an independent developer.”

Sunset Overdrive is described as an “always changing, open-world shooter set in the not-so-distant future” in a world overrun by mutants and filled with all manner of “kick-ass, overpowered weapons”, signature to Insomniac Games titles. As noted, the game is exclusive to the Xbox One.

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3 Comments on Insomniac Explains Why Sunset Overdrive is Xbox One Exclusive

Tanami

On June 17, 2013 at 4:12 am

Aka; MS gave Insomniac a truckload of cash. I used to be such a big Insomniac games fan, but the last couple of years I’m not happy with the decisions they have made. In my opinion after the launch of R&C All for one it’s been going downhill from there, Q-force was a joke, although the concept was promising. Fuse I have only played the demo, and that played well, but I’m no coop shooter fan, so I can’t really judge on that one. But now Insomniac is going Xbox exclusive? Pretty hard to swallow for me, as I really don’t agree on Microsoft’s business plan concerning Xbox One, I’m quiet disappointed Insomniac fell for the money trap.
Also the explanation as to why Insomniac is going Xbox exclusive doesn’t really make sense;

“The Xbox One and Xbox Live will support our ambitions to create an ongoing two-way dialogue with our community. It will also allow us to have quicker production cycles, enabling timely content updates for new weapons, characters, storylines and even pop culture-relevant content like memes based on social commentary.”

What are we support to make of that?, and why can’t that happen on any console? It’s all pretty vague in my opinion, and It just MS pouring money over Insomniac. Shame I have to miss an Insomniac title.

Not a Story

On June 17, 2013 at 5:29 am

I don’t think Sony will be losing any sleep over what looks like a pretty average game in an increasingly blase genre signing exclusively with the console most renowned for pretty average games in increasingly blase genre.

No loss whatsoever for Playstation.

MrFlibble

On June 17, 2013 at 8:22 pm

Seriously. Their quote makes absolutely no sense. Everything they said was a reason for being XBone exclusive is something which is capable on every platform.

At this point I can only imagine every developer who chose to go XBone exclusive sitting in their respective studios shouting out a collective “Fuuuuuuuuuu!!!!”