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Insomniac goes multiformat with new EA deal

By Matt Martin

Tue 25 May 2010 3:00pm GMT / 11:00am EDT / 8:00am PDT

New franchise set for PS3 and Xbox 360 as EA Partners ties-up more development talent

Resistance developer Insomniac Games is working on a new intellectual property to be published on Microsoft's Xbox 360 platform - the first time the studio has worked on a non-Sony platform in its sixteen year history.

The new franchise, to be published by EA Partners, will be for both the PS3 and the Xbox 360, and will take place in a "brand new universe", although further specifics on the project are being kept strictly under wraps.

"Working with EA Partners allows us to extend the reach of our games to a multiplatform audience while retaining ownership of the intellectual property," said Ted Price, founder and CEO of Insomniac Games.

"We are excited and eager to introduce Insomniac to a new group of gamers while reinforcing to our loyal fans what makes our games special."

Insomniac's Spyro the Dragon, Ratchet & Clank and Resistance franchises have combined to sell more than 35 million units worldwide on Sony platforms.

EA Partners has announced a string of high-profile deals over the last 12 months, including publishing duties for Crytek's first move onto console with Crysis 2, the ambitious release of Realtime Worlds' APB and last month's partnership to partly bank-roll Respawn Entertainment, the new team from ex-Call of Duty leads Jason West and Vince Zampella.

"This is an exciting day for all of us at EA Partners and for gamers everywhere," offered David DeMartini, senior vice president of EA Partners.

"Insomniac is renowned for their commitment to quality and their ability to create unique, exciting worlds for gamers to explore. We look forward to help them bring their next blockbuster franchise to the millions of diehard Insomniac fans on PlayStation and the soon to be millions of diehard Insomniac fans on Xbox 360."

An interview with DeMartini and Price can be read here.

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