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Robert_Downey_Jr. said:
AngryLittleAlchemist said:

Seriously? Everyone was calling it. 

but everyone has been calling it since the PS2 days.  Doesn't really count if you just keep being wrong until you're eventually right.  Kinda like how people say they "called" a FF7 remake announcement when they had been predicting it randomly since 2007

That doesn't mean people didn't foresee it coming. Maybe we should be generous and say there's a little nuance between "calling" something, and thinking it will happen. Either way, people did foresee it. It became especially clear when Insomniac made their first 10+ million game, which was a PS4 exclusive. Like, c'mon, it was obvious the moment Spider-Man was a smash success. 



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AngryLittleAlchemist said:
Frank_kc said:
That's what I call an acquisition. .... congrats for both.... big news..... no one saw it coming

Seriously? Everyone was calling it. 

Yes Seriously. ... previous attempts by Sony were denied by insomniac because the studio wanted to be an independent studio...



Frank_kc said:
AngryLittleAlchemist said:

Seriously? Everyone was calling it. 

Yes Seriously. ... previous attempts by Sony were denied by insomniac because the studio wanted to be an independent studio...

Yeah ... back when they were making decently big games on the PS2 and PS3. Now they're making huge ones tied to Sony.



Barozi said:
Zkuq said:
About 20 years late... which does, though, tell how fitting this is. I'm a bit sad because this might mean Insomniac wasn't doing too fell financially so this might have been half-forced, but at the same time, Sony is definitely the right owner for Insomniac considering the history of the two. As someone whose main platform is PC, I'm somewhat disappointed, but like I said, this is quite fitting.

How? Spider-Man was a big success and obviously Sony is interested to contract them again for a sequel. Insomniac was in a perfect position as they could've just told Sony to look for someone else to develop Spider-Man 2 if they didn't pay the price they wanted them to pay.

Yeah, that was just speculation on my part. Sometimes devs get bought when they're doing poorly financially, but I don't know if that's the case here. Before Spider-Man, Insomniac didn't seem to be doing too well in a while, but Spider-Man seems to have been quite popular.



CGI-Quality said:
VideoGameAccountant said:

Well, it's as the person I was replying to said: why buy a company that would work with you anyway. There is also the fact that Sony's talk of acquisitions started soon after E3 when Microsoft bought another company (after purchasing 5 others) and pledged to buy more. I'd think what you are saying would make more sense if this was a purchase that was unexpected, something that would expand their portfolio, but it's one they've worked a lot with and haven't other had a reason to purchase. It looks more like a defensive more than aggressively building their portfolio. 

That said, I'm no expect on Sony's acquisitions so if you have more specific examples of what you are talking about then I'm open to hearing them.

Because it was expected, it is unlikely to be anything related to Microsoft, but it is pointless to debate because no one will ever know. 

Well, if you look above we have at least Daniel Ahmad saying what I'm saying. That said, I fail to see how it being expected would mean it's not because of Microsoft. It was expected because Microsoft has been buying up studios and Sony has said soon after they will do the same. Again, if Sony was bolstering their portfolio then they wouldn't buy Insomniac because they work with Sony regardless. Thus, the only reason to spend the capital to buy them was to defend against someone else buying them. 

And debating these things is kind of the fun of message board discussions.



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CGI-Quality said:
VideoGameAccountant said:

Well, it's as the person I was replying to said: why buy a company that would work with you anyway. There is also the fact that Sony's talk of acquisitions started soon after E3 when Microsoft bought another company (after purchasing 5 others) and pledged to buy more. I'd think what you are saying would make more sense if this was a purchase that was unexpected, something that would expand their portfolio, but it's one they've worked a lot with and haven't other had a reason to purchase. It looks more like a defensive more than aggressively building their portfolio. 

That said, I'm no expect on Sony's acquisitions so if you have more specific examples of what you are talking about then I'm open to hearing them.

Because it was expected, it is unlikely to be anything related to Microsoft, but it is pointless to debate because no one will ever know. 

Actually they are reacting to other company especially their rival and the market situation. Microsoft is one of them, and the rest is the emerge of Stadia and Epic exclusivity. How the industry going to service based and Also Sony also has the money to invest and has proven that Video Games are big for SONY . So You are correct but VideoGameAccountant is not wrong either.

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VideoGameAccountant said:
Xxain said:
This is not even slightly Interesting. Why buy a studio that by choice, would only develop for your consoles anways?

In short: to keep them away from Microsoft. Microsoft has been buying companies left and right and has indicated they will buy more. Sony (and likely Nintendo) are looking at this as Microsoft taking resources away from them. It's only natural they would go after a key studio that they couldn't afford to lose first. There will be more acquisitions like this. This is honestly the least surprising one as many people predicted this. 

I don't know how this would endanger Nintendo since Microsoft has begun pledging support to their platform and they don't have much of a touch in Japan like Nintendo does.

Anyway, Nintendo has deciced to go to the ways of partnerships instead of acquiring which has suited them well for a while, no reason to change the modus operandis.



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VideoGameAccountant said:
CGI-Quality said:

Because it was expected, it is unlikely to be anything related to Microsoft, but it is pointless to debate because no one will ever know. 

Well, if you look above we have at least Daniel Ahmad saying what I'm saying. That said, I fail to see how it being expected would mean it's not because of Microsoft. It was expected because Microsoft has been buying up studios and Sony has said soon after they will do the same. Again, if Sony was bolstering their portfolio then they wouldn't buy Insomniac because they work with Sony regardless. Thus, the only reason to spend the capital to buy them was to defend against someone else buying them. 

And debating these things is kind of the fun of message board discussions.

I stand by my assessment. You're free to believe otherwise. And that last portion? No. It isn't fun to listen to someone repeat ideas (and actually moves into Spamming after a while). Eventually, you move on to something else. 

HollyGamer said:
CGI-Quality said:

Because it was expected, it is unlikely to be anything related to Microsoft, but it is pointless to debate because no one will ever know. 

Actually they are reacting to other company especially their rival and the market situation. Microsoft is one of them, and the rest is the emerge of Stadia and Epic exclusivity. How the industry going to service based and Also Sony also has the money to invest and has proven that Video Games are big for SONY . So You are correct but VideoGameAccountant is not wrong either.

You can't know who's right or wrong here. It's just an idea in either direction (and the Stadia/Epic stuff is most likely irrelevant to this situation ~ again, it isn't an anomaly for this company).

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I would always forget that Insomniac wasn't 1st party, now I don't have to remember that anymore, because they're first party now.