Sony Buys Studio Behind Its Awesome *Spider-Man* Game

Welcome to Replay, where we endeavor to recap all the most important videogame news of the week in just a couple of minutes! This week was Gamescom, one of the year’s biggest videogame conferences—which means, naturally, a ton of news dropped. Here, let’s cut through the news and take a look at what really matters.Sony…

Sony Buys Studio Behind Its Awesome *Spider-Man* Game

Welcome to Replay, where we endeavor to recap all the most important videogame news of the week in just a couple of minutes! This week was Gamescom, one of the year’s biggest videogame conferences—which means, naturally, a ton of news dropped. Here, let’s cut through the news and take a look at what really matters.Sony Buys Long-Time Collaborator Insomniac GamesOn Monday, Kotaku reported that Sony had bought Insomniac Games, a development studio with a history of working on Sony’s platforms on franchises like Ratchet & Clank and the recent, extremely successful (and quite good) Spider-Man for the PlayStation 4.This big buy continues a trend of hardware manufacturers consolidating their brands by purchasing studios to add to their stable of first-party creators. In the past couple of years, Microsoft has bought a not-insignificant number of studios, including Obsidian Entertainment and Psychonauts developer Double Fine. In these turbulent times, it seems like a move to shore up the success of future console projects by keeping most of the costs and profits in-house, though one has to wonder what the overall effect on product diversity and output is going to be.GameStop Continues Its Downward Descent With Massive LayoffsI probably don’t need to explain to you that GameStop, once the foremost videogame retailer in the United States, has had a rough time in the age of digital distribu
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