As gaming fans wait for the release of Insomniac's Spider-Man, it turns out that 2016's Ratchet & Clank is an unlikely candidate as the studio's most successful game ever. Known for the likes of the Spyro series and Ratchet & Clank, Insomniac has had plenty of highs and lows since it first developed Disruptor in 1996.
Spyro may be coming back with a bang thanks to its remastered trilogy, but there's no escaping that Ratchet and Clank currently sit in limbo since their first game was reimagined in 2016. Thankfully, it turns out that the latest title was particularly well received and returned the series to its peak.
When a ResetEra user revealed that Spider-Man won 37 of its 47 nominations at this year's E3 Awards, some players leveled criticism at Insomniac's track record of games. When one fan called Ratchet & Clank (2016), "utterly devoid of witty writing and adequate substance for the game world," Insomniac community developer James Stevenson posted the following:
"So if I have this correct: The budget-priced movie-tie-in Ratchet & Clank game we made (which got an 85 metacritic and is the most successful Ratchet/Insomniac game of all time) is making you concerned about our biggest production ever? I think you will be pleasantly surprised."
As Peter Parker prepares to swing into action in the biggest Spider-Man game to date, there is a huge amount of pressure on the title to perform well and possibly kickstart a Marvel Universe of gaming potential. Ratchet & Clank managed to avoid this hype back in 2016, so just imagine what Spider-Man can accomplish with the full might of Insomniac and Sony behind it?
Considering Ratchet & Clank (2016) flew under the radar without a huge marketing campaign and is considered a "budget=priced movie-tie-in," it might be surprising to some that it's the studio's most successful game. Insomniac has usually made a name for itself in the child-friendly platform genre, but as it tackles the massive open-world challenge of Spider-Man, the company is trying something different. Whether the gamble pays off remains to be seen, but many expect Spider-Man to soon topple Ratchet & Clank from Insomniac's top spot.
Insomniac has a long history with Sony and is best-known for crafting PlayStation exclusives. After a brief partnership with Microsoft for Sunset Overdrive in 2014, Insomniac got back doing what it does best. Although the Sony exclusive market is particularly competitive with the likes of God of War and The Last of Us Part II, Spider-Man hopes to cash in on video game and comic book fans alike. Developers have clearly had their plate full for some time with Spider-Man, and if Insomniac moves ahead with a sequel, don't expect any more Ratchet & Clank for quite some time.