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Insomniac Games was founded in the year 1994 and began working with their video game for the PlayStation titled Disruptor. The game was not popular enough to make a sequel and Insomniac Games was clueless of their next planed game until 1997. They planned that they would only use their money to use Sony's machines, thus they only have released games on PlayStation consoles.
Spyro the DragonEdit
In the year 1998, Insomniac Games finally developed and released their next exclusive hit, Spyro the Dragon featuring a purple dragon named Spyro. The game was wildly popular in the year of its release and in 1999 received its sequel, Spyro 2: Ripto's Rage. The game was now a series and very much resembled Insomniac Games' popular game of today, Ratchet & Clank which sports a science-fiction theme as Spyro sports a fantasy theme. The third video game of the Spyro series, Spyro: Year of the Dragon was released in 2000 and was the last Spyro game Insomniac Games was financing. After Spyro they next moved on to working with the company Naughty Dog and made a new and popular game, Ratchet & Clank.
Ratchet & ClankEdit
Ratchet & Clank was the next big hit, and was the number one PlayStation 2 and PlayStation 3 video game series. It beat Naughty Dog's Jak and Daxter several times and later teamed with the series in Jak X: Combat Racing. Ratchet & Clank began to appear more often, but they were not very recognizable characters, however, other games such as Sly Cooper and Jak were less popular than the Ratchet & Clank series.
There were originally six Ratchet & Clank games for the PlayStation 2, two of which were created with High Impact Games and also came out for the PlayStation Portable (PSP). In the year 2007 the first Ratchet & Clank Future game was put out and made the newer series of Ratchet & Clank popular.
The game is about a Lombax named Ratchet and his robotic friend Clank who are heroes and save different galaxies from whoever tries to destroy them.
On the 23 April, 2013, Insomniac Games announced they would be assisting Blockade Entertainment and Rainmaker Entertainment in in production of the upcoming Ratchet & Clank movie, particularly assisting with the screenplay, character development and animation consulting. TJ Fixman, Senior Writer at Insomniac Games, is writing the script for the movie.
Resistance is another popular video game series created by Insomniac Games. The series is more recognizable though only three games, Resistance: Fall of Man, Resistance 2, and Resistance: Retribution for the PlayStation Portable.
Resistance is set in an alternate history with the player being an American soldier named sgt.(then later Lt.) Nathan Hale assigned in a war against a Russian biological experiment gone wrong, the Chimera.
Insomniac was founded in 1994 as an independent video game developer and is now based in Burbank, California. Its initial game, a first-person shooter called Disruptor for the PlayStation, was released on November 20, 1996, and was a critical darling. Since then, the company has released seven more games in two series (both of which were created by the company) for the PlayStation and the PlayStation 2, and all have been both critical and commercial successes. After three Spyro games, the company went on to create the Ratchet & Clank series. The first Ratchet & Clank has the notable distinction of being the first Western-produced game to be officially bundled with the PS2 in Japan, a country notoriously fickle in its video game tastes.
Insomniac has had a close relationship with fellow developer Naughty Dog. They make games that are similar in style, which sometimes contain references to each other. (Look at the some of the city walls in Jak II or check out the start-up menu in Ratchet & Clank: Going Commando). Demos for one company's games often appear on the other's releases. Spyro 2: Ripto's Rage contained a demo of Crash Team Racing, for example. Despite popular claim, the Ratchet and Clank series did not utilize a modified Jak and Daxter engine, much to the chargin of Ted Price, however Naughty Code was initially used to develop early versions of Ratchet & Clank. Although the idea is popular with fans of both developers, Naughty Dog publicly stated that they don't have plans for making a game together, although both Jak II and Ratchet & Clank: Going Commando featured billboard cameos of each other's heroes (and a scene in Going Commando shows Ratchet playing both his games, both Jak games, and Sly Cooper and the Thievius Raccoonus). This is taken one step further in Jak X: Combat Racing and Ratchet: Deadlocked: both feature Ratchet and Jak respectively as unlockable skins. In the spin-off Daxter, there are masks that feature Ratchet and Clank's faces.
Insomniac also shares some sort of relationship with Sucker Punch Productions due to Sucker Punch being listed in the credits list of Going Commando, Up Your Arsenal, and Deadlocked. Sucker Punch is known for it's Sly Cooper franchise and now for the PlayStation 3 exclusive inFamous. Many suggest that Sucker Punch, Naughty Dog, and Insomniac Games work together on sharing stuff and giving advice on their games.
High Impact GamesEdit
Insomniac shared its library of assets to High Impact Games in order to develop Size Matters and Secret Agent Clank. Insomniac Games worked closely with HIG for the development of the PSP games. Furthermore, High Impact Games was founded by former-Insomniacs and shares a close relationship with Insomniac Games.
- Disruptor - November 20, 1996 (PlayStation)
- Spyro the Dragon - September 10, 1998 (PlayStation)
- Spyro 2: Ripto's Rage - November 2, 1999 (Playststion)
- Spyro: Year of the Dragon - October 11, 2000 (PlayStation)
- Ratchet & Clank - November 4, 2002 (PlayStation 2)
- Ratchet & Clank: Going Commando - November 11, 2003 (PlayStation 2)
- Ratchet & Clank: Up Your Arsenal - November 2, 2004 (PlayStation 2)
- Ratchet: Deadlocked - October 25, 2005 (PlayStation 2)
- Resistance: Fall of Man - November 17, 2006 (PlayStation 3)
- Ratchet & Clank Future: Tools of Destruction - October 30, 2007 (PlayStation 3)
- Ratchet & Clank Future: Quest for Booty - August 21, 2008 (PlayStation 3)
- Resistance 2 - November 4, 2008 PlayStation 3
- Ratchet & Clank Future: A Crack in Time - October 27, 2009 (PlayStation 3)
- Resistance 3 - 2011 (PlayStation 3)
- Ratchet & Clank: All 4 One - 2011 (PlayStation 3)
- Ratchet & Clank: Full Frontal Assault - 2012 (PlayStation 3/PlayStation Vita)
- Overstrike/Fuse - TBA
- Ted Price (President & CEO)
- Alex Hastings (Lead programmer)
- Brian Hastings (Lead programmer)
- See also the team members of Insomniac Games
In 2012 the website featured a series of Ratchet & Clank posters.
- The main characters in Spyro the Dragon and Ratchet & Clank were both voiced by a different actor in the first game than from the second game on. In the original game, Ratchet was voiced by Mikey Kelley. From Going Commando onwards, he was voiced by James Arnold Taylor. In the original Spyro game, Spyro was voiced by Carlos Alazraqui. In the other two games for the PlayStation however, he was voiced by Tom Kenny, who would later voice him again in Spyro: Enter the Dragonfly. As of 2012, Ratchet remains voiced by Taylor, while Spyro's official English voice actor is currently Josh Keaton.
- Both are voiced by a woman in the Japanese versions of their series.