After years of working exclusively with Sony Computer Entertainment on an assortment of highly regarded titles including the Ratchet & Clank series, Resistence and Spyro the Dragon, development studio Insomniac Games has defected to Microsoft, making new title Sunset Overdrive exclusive to the Xbox One.
The reasoning behind the move is quite straighforward; after working for so long on franchises owned by Sony, the studio felt it was time to actually own its own IP for a change, something which Microsoft was happy to allow in exchange for system exclusivity.
In an interview with IGN, Insomniac developer and co-creator of Sunset Overdrive Marcus Smith said:
We pitched it a few different places, and it was really important to [our 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.
The game is set to be one of the biggest of the year for Microsoft, with early video showing that it's shaping up to be a hugely impressive title. It's expected we'll see even more of the game at next month's E3.