As announced yesterday evening, Sony bought Insomniac Games, which becomes the fourteenth internal team of Sony Interactive Entertainment. With this acquisition, the Japanese giant obtains exclusive ownership of the IP Sunset Overdrive and other assets of the studio, but not of Spyro, contrary to what one might think.
Many have thought that the acquisition of Insomniac has made Sony the owner of the Spyro franchise but this is not the case. Insomniac Games has worked under contract for the development of Spyro The Dragon, Spyro 2 Ripto’s Rage and Spyro 3 Year of the Dragon, released between 1998 and 2000 on PS One, however, the Californian studio does not have the rights to the games in question.
The rights to the entire Spyro series are firmly in the hands of Activision Blizzard, who in recent years have used it as a base to give life to Skylanders and has only recently published Spyro Reignited Trilogy, a collection that includes the first three episodes of the series in a remastered version.
In any case, Sony Corporation is now the sole owner of a much-loved series, which could soon return: we are naturally talking about Ratchet & Clank, of which a new episode is already being developed for PlayStation 5.