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Sunset Overdrive an Xbox One exclusive so Insomniac could own the IP

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Posted on May 12, 2014 AT 01:00pm

Sunset Overdrive’s Xbox One exclusivity is directly tied to developer Insomniac Games’ desire to retain ownership over the IP, the game’s co-creators Marcus Smith and Drew Murray told IGN in a recent interview.

“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,” Smith recounted. “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.”

Insomniac, as a studio, has come under some scrutiny by longtime fans, since they’ve been seen as a PlayStation developer for most of their 20-year history up until last year’s multiplatform release Fuse.

The only other property Insomniac owns, despite their 20-year run as a videogame developer, is Fuse, which was published by Electronic Arts. Insomniac’s Sony exclusives—Spyro, Ratchet and Clank, Resistance—are all owned by Sony Computer Entertainment, which served as publisher on each release.

“Most publisher conversations begin and end with IP ownership,” Murray added,” and I think [Microsoft] has been talking to Ted for a while, and at some point it was like, ‘you can retain the IP,’ and suddenly, it was a conversation point.”

First announced during Microsoft’s E3 2013 press conference, Sunset Overdrive is expected to grace the Xbox One later this year, though Insomniac has issued no definitive release window. The studio did, however, release the first gameplay trailer of their upcoming agility emphasizing third-person shooter just last week.

Source: IGN

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