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Xbox Live was the deciding factor in 'Sunset Overdrive' as an Xbox One exclusive

Screenshots of Sunset Overdrive for the Xbox One.
Screenshots of Sunset Overdrive for the Xbox One.
Microsoft

Insomniac Games, the studio behind the upcoming Xbox One exclusive "Sunset Overdrive," explained Thursday why it took its latest game to Microsoft's console and not Sony's.

Box art of Sunset Overdrive for the Xbox One.
Box art of Sunset Overdrive for the Xbox One.
Photo courtesy of Microsoft, used with permission.

Via Gamespot, the developers once considered to be PlayStation-only with exclusives like "Ratchet & Clank" and "Resistance," were interviewed by GameRevolution about why it shifted to Microsoft for its upcoming game. Ted Price, CEO and founder of Insomniac Games, explained there is no ill will between Insomniac Games and Sony. However, Price said it was the features Microsoft implemented with the Xbox One that made "Sunset Overdrive" the perfect game for it. Specifically, the "muscle" Microsoft had with its Xbox Live system that made Insomniac Game side with the Xbox One over PlayStation 4, when it came to "Sunset Overdrive."

"We have a long history and great relationship with Sony and we will continue to work closely with them moving forward," Price explained. "However when Microsoft announced the Xbox One we felt that what Microsoft was offering in terms of the platform feature set and Xbox Live presence was a great match for Sunset Overdrive." Here's Price explaining the online multiplayer features of "Sunset Overdrive" and how they were made possible on Xbox Live.

For example, our multiplayer mode in the game called Chaos Squad supports eight players traversing a giant open world together to take on randomized missions. This is not a simple feature to create. Yet Microsoft’s muscle on the platform and Xbox Live fronts has been invaluable in helping us create a unique multiplayer experience. Furthermore the overall partnership has been seamless, and we’ve been extremely happy with the level of support and commitment we’ve received for Sunset Overdrive.

Price then commented on Insomniac Games being an independent company and the freedom it bring in deciding which console to develop for. As Price stated, Insomniac Games still has a good relationship going with Sony, evident when a remake of the first 'Ratched & Clank" game was announced for the PS4 at E32014. It's possible after "Sunset Overdrive," Insomniac Games could return to work on another PlayStation exclusive for Sony, or include the system in a multiplatform title. Of course, depending on the success of "Sunset Overdrive," there could be more Xbox One exclusives on the way from Insomniac Games.

For now, Xbox One owners will experience all the trademark action and humor Insomniac Games is best known for when "Sunset Overdrives' launches October 8th in North America.