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Greetings Spellcaster,

We’ve observed your ascendance with great interest. You’ve felt the chaos of the city. Manipulated the unseen forces of movement. Flourished the precision edge of a ghostly blade. And watched the future unfold before your very eyes.

Now, reach out. Do you feel your hair stand on end? Hear the hiss of electric sparks?

That is the energy that flows all around you, through subterranean cables and overhead wires. Conducting these currents is the domain of The Electromancer!

This living battery taps into the city’s power grid to energize arcane constructs. These Primal Spells crackle through your veins:

  • Generate electricity, then discharge Lightning from your fingertips.
  • Absorb your adversary’s spells with the Surge Protector, and release their energy as a static charge.

Channel Embers to cast these gesture spells:

  • With a conjure gesture, assemble an automated Shock Sentry to electrocute your opponent.
  • With a guard gesture, construct a Field Generator to insulate yourself from your opponent’s attacks, protect your Shock Sentry, and quickly recharge your Lightning Primal spell.
  • With a push gesture, charge a high-voltage Electrosphere to strike your opponent from above with a rolling lightning storm.

Pace yourself. Absorb your opponent’s projectiles while your Primal Lightning charges, and then unleash an electrical barrage with both hands—you alone can dual wield offensive spells.

Deploy your constructs carefully; a Shock Sentry protected by a fully charged Field Generator deals much more cumulative damage. Multiple Shock Sentries can overwhelm an unprepared opponent.

Control your adversary’s side of the arena with the massive strike zone of a fully charged Electrosphere, but don’t discount the value of a quick cast to punish a moving spellcaster.

Feel the hum of your power. Your success depends upon the ebb and flow, the charge and the release. Tap the grid, hold back, and then explode.

Ever Watching,

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Full Update Notes

New Content and Features

  • Electromancer: Added a new class! The Electromancer taps into the city’s power grid to energize arcane constructs.
  • Drifter: Primal and Gesture spells are now more potent in the duel.
  • Council Tribune: A cryptic newspaper reports the latest events and news for The Unspoken.
  • Hand Skins: Added two new hand skins: one each for mechanical and all-natural Casters.

Tuning and Fixes

Anarchist

  • Arcane Shield: Increased the radius of the perfect reflect area.
    • This makes attacks that hit the edge of the center count as reflects instead of deflections.
  • Chaos Skull: Increased targeting effectiveness during the initial speed boost.
    • Fast skulls are more reliable for close range direct damage.
  • Chaos Skull: Reduced the time the skull wanders if it has no target.
    • This improves the effectiveness of Chaos Skulls cast under duress.
  • Chaos Skull: Added latency compensation to the Chaos Skull.
    • Chaos Skulls will now persist if an opponent teleports in the instant before a skull strikes.
  • Chaos Skull: Minimum charged Chaos Skulls can now be split twice.
    • The Anarchist now has the final word on a minimum charge skull, reducing the risk of this spell to a mindful Anarchist.
  • Pyrotechnics: Removed the safe pillar functionality.
    • Now a single rocket will always travel to your opponent’s location. Other rockets strike a random pillar.

Drifter

  • Shatter Mine: Moved the mine summon position to the front of the caster.
    • Choosing a new target pillar is more responsive and no longer resets the mine’s summon time.
  • Shatter Mine: Decreased the duration of the fuse.
    • Mines are less likely to be destroyed after the victim teleports to their position, and it’s more difficult to escape a detonating mine.
  • Slingshot: Added a third charge tier.
    • Heavy shots allow the Drifter to prepare a strong direct attack.
  • Evil Eye: Raised the position of the shield relative to casting hand and increased the radius of the perfect reflect area.
    • Foresight ability is easier to use, with no obstruction from the casting hand. The shield aligns with the primal attack center to make it easier to block while attacking.
  • Vermin: Decreased flight speed and increased dive speed.
    • It’s now more effective to counter Crows with an attack spell, less effective to counter with a teleport.
  • Celestial Dome: Removed damage spillover.
    • This should allow a Drifter to play more defensively if they so choose.

Kineticist

  • Debris Scatter: Added an aiming reticle.
    • This improves targeting clarity.
  • Telekinesis: Improved tracking for telekinetic objects.
    • Telekinetic objects will now hit unintended pillars less often.

Midway Pier Arena

  • Midway Spider: Decreased the Spider’s damage per second and search speed.
    • It’s now possible to anticipate the Spider beam, and its damage is more in line with other Summons.

Burnham Station Arena

  • Station Beast: Increased attack damage.
    • The Beast’s attack can now break hand shields.
  • Station Beast: Increased max health. Decreased generator count, health, and heal rate.
    • Increased health helps the summon persist long enough to be effective. Generators are easier to destroy, and provide only partial healing to the Beast.

Artifacts

  • Cthulhu’s Grasp: Added alternate glyphs and increased depth tolerance.
    • Casting the spell requires more awareness, less rote movement.
  • Aerogramme: Removed Primal shield deflect, reduced wandering distance.
    • This makes the Artifact a more effective choice for the loadout.
  • Aerogramme: Added latency compensation to the Aerogramme.
    • Aerogramme will now persist if an opponent teleports in the instant before an airplane strikes.

General

  • Round start: Increased the visibility of the pre-match barrier and synchronized the pillars with the round start.

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Arcane Update 4.0 introduces a new way to play The Unspoken: Spar Mode!

In Spar Mode, arch-mages battle for points in timed matches. Matches are unranked, so the stakes are lower. It’s a great way for new players to hone their spell casting skills, and a great way for seasoned players to experience a new facet of the Chicagoland underground.

We developed Spar Mode as a direct result of some great feedback from our community. We heard loud and clear that many players want a chance to learn the game in a more forgiving environment. That makes sense, because much of The Unspoken explores new ground—casting spells in VR is a brand-new player experience, and we’re learning the finer points of training a deep Touch game with a high skill cap.

You’ll perfect your technique in a deathless match, without the threat of near-instant obliteration at the hands of an ascendant adversary. You’ll earn points by targeting your opponent—or by targeting Orbs that spawn in the arena. You’ll auto-collect Embers, and you’ll gather Artifacts during the match by breaking Orbs. It’s a modified ruleset, built with the same fun interactions.

We set out to create a mode that’s inviting for players of all skill levels. A mode that helps new players close the skill gap and prepare for the ranked game. And ultimately—we hope!—a mode that gets high-ranked players into Duels faster by drawing from a larger matchmaking pool. We want Spar and Duel to enjoy a beautifully symbiotic relationship.

More modes are on the way in 2017, including the still-secret most requested thing ever. In the meantime, what do you think of Spar Mode? Let us know on our channels. We’re listening! And… Ever Watching!

Full Update Notes

Season 1: The slate is clean; the leaderboard is reset. Ascend the ranks–top players earn rewards at the end of the season.

New Content

  • Spar Mode: Battle for points in timed matches in this new unranked mode! Master the art of spellcasting with lower stakes and an all-new way to play.
  • Midway Pier Arena: Duel for supremacy in a long-vacant amusement park. The concession tents glow once again with electric light.

New Features

  • Tournament Cloaks: It’s time for The Unspoken Tournament at Microsoft Stores across North America! Celebrate with new crimson tournament cloaks.
  • Friends Leaderboard: How do you rank against your Oculus friends? Find out here!

Tuning and Fixes

Anarchist

  • Plate Glass: Increased the health of all Plate Glass charge tiers.
  • Plate Glass: Reduced the duration of a minimum charged Plate Glass.
  • Plate Glass: Reduced size of fully charged Plate Glass.
  • Chaos Skull: Added speed boost immediately after being cast.

Kineticist

  • Force Bubble: Added new behavior. Enemy spells entering the bubble now stop for the entire shield duration.
  • Mass Drop: Added new behavior. All cars now travel to where the player is looking if no car is already there.
  • Mass Drop: Added a Cooldown between successive volleys.

Blackjack

  • Disc of Blades: Reduced the max speed of both a minimum charge and curved Disc of Blades.
  • Disc of Blades: Increased the visibility of Disc of Blades.
  • Spectral Cloak: Increased the number of Spectral Crystals formed by a minimum charged cloak.
  • Spectral Cloak: Increased cloak health.
  • Wild Cards: Reduced projectile speed.
  • Spectral Knives: Changed the number of charge states to three.

Drifter

  • Celestial Dome: Increased the health of a minimum charged Celestial Dome.
  • Celestial Dome: Reduced the duration of a minimum charged Celestial Dome.
  • Vermin: Increased flight speed.
  • Shatter Mine: Increased the health for both charge tiers.
  • Shatter Mine: Reduced the fuse time for both charge tiers.
  • Shatter Mine: Reduced the damage for both charge tiers.

Artifacts

  • Infernal Contract: Further reduced the health penalty for signing the contract.
  • Aerogramme: Increased the health of each plane.
  • Dispelling Censer: Reduced the size of the dispel AOE.
  • Dark Tag: Triggering Dark Tag no longer removes the other traps.

General

  • Map Table: Renamed tab headings for clarity.
  • Map Table: Added an arena selection context.
  • Primal Shields: Increased the recharge delay.
  • Primal Shields: Reduced shield damage taken from primals when blocked with shield center.
  • Voice Chat: Enabled voice chat by default.
  • Progression: Added checks to ensure that unlocked items remain accessible.

***Note: In the rare event that previously unlocked items are locked–and the game defaults to the starter loadout and Anarchist–please immediately force-close the game and reload. You MUST force close (do not exit via the menu) to avoid overwriting your save file. We are currently investigating this bug.

New Content

  • The Drifter Class: A galactic wanderer has pierced the veil and is now selectable for battle. The Drifter wields a cosmic Slingshot and uses powerful foresight to stay one step ahead of adversaries!
  • The Burner: Call an unlisted number to summon a demonic ally. Long distance charges may apply.
  • Celestial Mirror: Teleport up to your bedroom, then customize your appearance with new Cloaks, Auras, and Hands.

New Features

  • Primal Shields 2.0: Defend with style! Primal Shields reward skillful defense; reflect enemy projectiles back at the opponent by blocking with the center of the shield.
  • Class Training: Learn the secret arts! Classes now include training sequences, accessible through the class orbs in the Curio Cabinet.
  • Astral Learning: Glean valuable tricks while you wait! Target orbs drop gameplay tips in the Astral Plane.

Tuning and Fixes

Arenas

  • Elmhurst Ave: Adjusted the round 1 layout; the fire escape pillar rises at the start of the match rather than during round 2.
  • Astor Garden: Improved post escalation performance on low settings.
  • Lockport Bridge: Improved post escalation performance on low settings.

Anarchist

  • Pyrotechnics: Adjusted fireworks behavior; multiple firework volleys leave the same safe pillar.
  • Pyrotechnics: Increased the cast time to fall in line with the cast time of other volley spells.

Kineticist

  • Telekinesis: Normalized the large objects spawn rate across all maps.
  • Telekinesis: Reduced the number of large objects that spawn if there is only one Kineticist in the match.

Blackjack

  • Disc of Blades: Adjusted the disc to persist after colliding with Telekinetic objects.
  • Wild Card: Increased the cast time to fall in line with the cast time of other volley spells.

Artifacts

  • Infernal Contract: Reduced the health penalty for signing the contract.

General

  • Progression: Reduced the amount of experience required for leveling.
  • Post-Match: Updated the post-match UI with various quality of life improvements.
  • Embers: Lowered the spawn time for Embers in round 3.
  • Friends Match: Selecting Random Arena will now change to a new random arena when you Rematch.

New Content

  • Infernal Contract Artifact: Sign away your life blood to receive a surge of Embers!

New Features

  • Leveling and Class Titles: Show your mastery of classes and artifacts; earn new titles as you ascend.
  • Achievements: Share your in-game accomplishments with Oculus achievements!
  • Damage Direction Indicator: Added directional damage feedback.
  • Targeting: Added target selection feedback for the Aerogramme, Wildcard & Chaos Skull spells.

Tuning and Fixes

Arenas

  • Astor Garden: Increased the size and durability of the wooden trellises.
  • Astor Garden: Summoning the Garden Devourer now destroys the wooden trellis.
  • Lockport Bridge: Disabled teleporting as soon as ice appears on the pillar where the Bridge Wraith attacks.

Anarchist

  • Chaos Skull: Wandering skulls now bounce off non-destructible environment features.
  • Pyrotechnics: Increased the rocket’s travel speed.

Artifacts

  • Spear Forge: Addressed an issue with the spear dealing damage after a successful dodge.
  • Spear Forge: Removed damage reduction when the spear passes through Primal Shields or the Spectral Cloak.
  • Cthulhu’s Grasp: Increased the Artifact’s damage and lifespan.
  • Clockwork Imp: Increased the Imp’s speed when reacting, grabbing, and flying to shards.

General

  • Matchmaking: Increased matchmaking tolerance for skill discrepancies.
  • Menus: Adjusted all menus to use a “point at” interaction instead of a “look at” interaction.
  • Leaderboard: Added rank degradation after a week of inactivity for scores greater than 600.

New Content

  • Lockport Bridge Arena: Duel for supremacy in a violent blizzard!
  • Bridge Wraith Summon: Awaken an interdimensional ice-demon to freeze your enemy!
  • Dark Tag Artifact: Conjure vision-obscuring paint traps on your opponent’s pillars!

New Features

  • Spectator Overlay: Health, Ember count, and Artifact loadouts are visible on the desktop window. Toggle visibility in the settings menu.
  • Practice while waiting: Primal Spells and target orbs are enabled in the ranked pre-match waiting zone.
  • Allegiance Indicators: Spells with allegiance properties display ownership marks.
  • Spell Health Bars: Arena Guardians and spell minions display health overlays.
  • Teleport Cooldown: Pillars display a teleport cooldown ring.
  • Arena Info: Arena selection globes display information panels.

Tuning and Fixes

Arenas

  • Elmhurst Avenue: Moved the cover stone slabs slightly.
  • Pulaski Circle: The Spear Forge now respects the collision of the center statue.
  • Pulaski Circle: Moved cover tombstones slightly.

Anarchist Class

  • Pyrotechnics: Added markers to targeted pillars.
  • Pyrotechnics: Descending Fireworks are invulnerable.
  • Pyrotechnics: Further reduced the max number of fireworks by one.
  • Chaos Skull: Enabled minimum charge time.

Kineticist Class

  • Force Bubble: The Force Bubble now despawns properly.

Blackjack Class

  • Spectral Disc: Enabled minimum charge time.
  • Spectral Cloak: Added spillover damage when an inhabited cloak is destroyed.

Artifacts

  • Spear Forge: Reduced spear damage.
  • Spear Forge: Primal Shields now mitigate spear damage consistently.

Settings

  • Info toggle: Added a menu option to disable in-world player info UI: health and ember count.
  • HUD toggle: Added a menu option to set the in-headset status HUD to always on.

General

  • Reporting: ‘Report Player’ now functions as intended.
  • Skip Intro: Added a skip intro option to the menu during replay.
  • Ranking: Players will no longer lose rating points after a win.

Greetings Acolyte,

A mist swirls across snow-covered city streets. A forgotten channel flows into the south branch of the Chicago River. The prohibition-era mob favored these waters for their grisly and efficient disposal properties: a body dumped here submerges quickly and does not resurface.

The veil is thin in this place. The council approves its concealment and preparation. Introducing the Lockport Bridge Arena!

Icy drawbridges frame two home pedestals, each offering access to pillars with high and low vantage points. Spellcasters are in close proximity as the match begins, able to see each other clearly, all the better to predict their opponent’s next move. The victorious play their opponents like a fiddle–they manipulate expectations with feints.

Feints use the element of surprise to keep rivals on their heels. A hammer echoing in the night need not forge a spear. A summoned Chaos Skull is easily cancelled before it is cast. And a conjured deck of Wildcards moves along with an Arch-Mage, all the better to catch an enemy at a vulnerable moment. Advanced Spellcasters use deceptive movements to trick their opponent into teleporting prematurely, or diverting focus, or casting at an inopportune time. Every Ember is precious; so it is vitally important to maintain razor-sharp perception, in tune with an opponent’s true intentions.

Nothing compromises perception more effectively than the newly sanctioned Dark Tag Artifact! This spellbound spray-paint can, stencils mystic paint traps to obscure an opponent’s vision. A tagged spellcaster is exposed to deadly homing spells, unable to counter or dodge—the Dark Tag stacks well with every offensive spell.

Lockport Bridge is the most dynamic arena in the underground circuit. Freezing winds from across the lake form ice columns in the channel, changing the fundamental topology of this battleground. Pedestals with wide sight lines become sheltered coves, vulnerable from only a few opponent positions.

As the storm intensifies, and after every column is formed, a Summon Orb manifests beneath the bridge. Breaking it unleashes the spirit of a hapless victim, drowned long ago. Impossibly thin ice freezes around his extremities to form the Bridge Wraith—a vengeful grotesque hell-bent on entombing its victim in an icy sheath. If you find yourself rooted, your time on this plane is drawing to a swift and bitter end. Better luck next time.

From across the lake, the wind changes. Electric lights flicker. Spellcasters of a new cloak will soon join the duel.

Until then, remember: fortune favors the shrouded. Remain hidden!

Ever Watching,

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Today’s release of The Unspoken marks a big day for us. Not only is it our fifth game launch of 2016, but it begins a shared journey with you into new, uncharted, exciting territory. Virtual Reality player versus player in our urban magic fight club. This is a game we have been thinking about making for the better part of a decade. And now it’s live for you to play, with the power of magic at your fingertips.

We couldn’t be more excited to get The Unspoken into your hands (pun intended). Once you get your Touch Controllers set-up, we hope you’ll jump online – as we will be jumping into Ranked matches over this week (and the weeks to come!) to duel it out with you. Don’t worry… we won’t stick around on the Leaderboards long!

Still waiting on your controllers? Never fear, we’ve got a bunch of live streams coming up this week so you can see the game in action. Join us on our streams for The Unspoken shirt and poster giveaways.

Here is a schedule for this week of our live streams and dev play sessions:

Tuesday – Dec 6

3pm EST / 12pm PST – Facebook Live stream
4pm EST / 1pm PST – Play with the Dev (look for Insomniac usernames!)

Wednesday – Dec 7

3pm EST / 12pm PST – Play with the Dev

Thursday – Dec 8

6pm EST / 3pm PST – Play with the Dev

Friday – Dec 9

5pm EST / 2pm PST – Play with the Dev livestreamed on Twitch

But wait, there is more!

More content that is. More arenas. More classes. More artifacts. More modes! Even more lore. All coming in 2017. December 6th might be the first time we enter this world, but we plan to stick around with updates and new content throughout 2017. We look forward to hearing your feedback as we try and build the deepest, most competitive VR experience ever.

Come join us. Release you inner arch-mage!

Greetings Spellcaster,

We’ve been watching you. You’re growing more attuned to the city. You can feel the vibrations of mass transit: the rise and fall of crowds, the waves of traffic, the crush of the El Train.

You can manipulate these unseen forces of movement as The Kineticist!

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This astral form directs city debris with blunt power. Feel kinetic energy course through your fingers as you master these Primal Spells:

  • Lift and redirect ambient objects with Telekinesis.
  • Repel opponent attacks with the Telekinetic Shield.

Embers energize three arcane gesture spells:

  • With a push gesture, attract detritus to ready a Debris Scatter, then project it outward in a concentrated cone of shrapnel. Charge up, then cast Debris Scatter at close range to damage an opponent with every deadly shard.
  • With a volley gesture, levitate a Mass Drop of automobiles to damage your enemy from above. The initial pose directs one car to your opponent; hold the pose to raise cars above up to three pedestals, selected by your gaze. Drop your arms with force for a higher-damage attack.
  • With a guard gesture, form a Force Bubble to repulse enemy spells. Cast quickly to counter, or hold the crossed-arm pose to generate a larger, more durable bubble.

The Kineticist wields heavy objects with a deliberate style. Time your Telekinetic Primal carefully. Defend with your off-hand shield while an object overcomes inertia to move to your primary hand.

A held object can act as an improvised shield. And a thrown object can nullify an enemy projectile. Your Primal defensive capabilities are second to none.

There are massive objects in every arena—concrete fountains, metal machinery, stone gargoyles. These inflict the most damage. Gesture toward an object with your offensive hand to draw it close. But choose carefully; heavy objects take longer to attract.

Debris Scatter excels at breaking enemy shields and shattering Summon Orbs.

Save your Embers. A quickly cast Mass Drop can divert an adversary while you move close to prepare a Debris Scatter spell. Multiple Mass Drops will leave your challenger with no safe haven.

To prevail, you must sense the ebb and flow of intangible waves as you manipulate the dense matter of the physical world. Duel with verve, but never forget the gravity of the ancient code.

May you crush your rival before your rival crushes you.

Ever watching,

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Greetings Spellcaster,

Open your mind. Can you sense the unrest? Can you feel the struggle of three million burning souls in a city of shattered glass?

These chaotic forces are yours to command as The Anarchist!

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This astral form channels the disorder of the city to cast destructive spells. These Primal Spells are at your fingertips:

  • Manifest a Fireball in your bare hands.
  • Deflect opponent spells with your Arcane shield.

Channel Embers to perform three unique gesture spells:

  • With a push gesture, track your opponent with a deadly and unpredictable Chaos Skull. Push a fast skull, or charge a skull that’s devastatingly massive–skulls distract your opponent while you prepare your next spell, and shatter the shields of inattentive spellcasters. But beware! Their allegiance is fickle. A well-timed fireball can send a Chaos Skull back at its caster.
  • With a volley gesture, summon Pyrotechnics to rain explosive fireworks down on the arena. Pyrotechnics target opponents on any pedestal, countered only by a skillful teleport or a well-placed shield.
  • With the guard gesture, pull glass shards together to protect yourself with a Plate Glass barrier. You’ll be free to charge gesture spells or reach for powerful Artifacts.

Cast these spells together; multiple Chaos Skulls and Pyrotechnics can overwhelm your opponent with multidirectional attacks. You’ll need to channel an Ember to cast each gesture spell, so visualize your strategy and plan ahead.
An all-offense loadout of three Dark Forge spells will give you the power to finish your opponent off while they’re distracted.

Or choose a more tactical loadout; the Clockwork Imp will steal your opponent’s Embers while you’re weaving together a devastating sequence of spells.

Destroy your opponent’s Embers to limit their casting options. An uncast spell needs no counter, and each broken Ember removes a pedestal. Controlling the arena is one key to victory.

But take heed: volatile magic consumes the unwise! Remember your training.

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Ryan Schneider is Insomniac’s Chief Brand Officer. He has been with the company since the PS2 Ratchet & Clank days.

I’ve seen many changes in games marketing and PR the last 12 years at Insomniac, perched atop my old-man porch here on the fifth floor in Burbank. We were there for the birth of AAA console community developers. We watched the near-extinction of enthusiast magazines along with the early rise of social media.

But perhaps the biggest shift we’ve experienced has been the emergence of YouTube and Twitch content creators. We’ve seen a gradual shift from press, to developers, and eventually players influencing other players on what to play through their own hosted channels.

Admittedly, Insomniac has been a little late to officially embrace this movement. It’s not because Insomniac hasn’t cared though. The truth is, we weren’t exactly sure how best to interact with content creators — even though we’ve been content creators ourselves for many years producing our own trailers, podcasts, dev diaries, screenshots, music videos and even community day events. We also were watching to see if YouTube and Twitch content creators would be interested in games besides League of Legends, Minecraft, Hearthstone, Call of Duty and Halo. Ratchet & Clank and Sunset Overdrive proved to us there’s room for games like ours to catch on with the streaming community.

That’s not to say we’ve been completely on the streaming sidelines all this time. We started experimenting with live streaming way back in the Fuse days almost four years ago, continued with Ratchet & Clank: Full Frontal Assault and even tried open development streaming with Slow Down, Bull. We learned how challenging and rewarding live streaming can be, and applied some of those lessons to our weekly in-game “Sunset TV” episodes within Sunset Overdrive starting a couple years ago. And PS4 Ratchet & Clank recently had its own Twitch stream series, hosted by Melonie Mac, to support the launch of the game and film.

Ratchet & Clank Livestream with Melonie Mac

While we knew the value of producing our own content, we still didn’t fully understand how to work with fellow YouTube and Twitch content creators. For starters, we weren’t sure if those relationships should be managed through our publishers. (Depends.) Did all content creators require payment to engage with us? (No!) We weren’t sure how to even refer to content creators. Streamers? Twitchers? YouTubers? Influencers? (Consensus from the folks we spoke with seems to be “content creators” so that’s what we’ll go with now.)

Then we stumbled upon a little secret… everyone, including games publishers, is still learning!

A few weeks ago, we hosted a media day event at our Burbank studio where several content creators joined us to experience our 2016 games lineup. We learned so much from our guests at that experience, along with a Ratchet & Clank streaming event hosted by PlayStation a few weeks prior at our studio.

After much discussion internally, we decided to focus more on building relationships with content creators directly. It’s one of the many reasons we love being an independent developer – we can have greater control in how and when we interact with the community at large. Perhaps more relevant, we are taking a closer look at how we make our future games more amenable to content creators wishing to stream our titles, along with players who simply want a fun spectating experience.

If you’re a content creator, how does all this affect you? First and foremost, we understand more how you prefer to be treated. We think we better understand your objectives, and your wide-ranging equipment needs when you visit us to capture content. Most of all, we know we must be flexible to help you produce the best content, treating each of you as unique producers – not merely relying on the same assets we provide more traditional games journalists.

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Content creators at the Burbank studio in April.

How to Engage with Insomniac

Here’s the tl;dr part…the best way to work with us. While we’d love to be able to support every content creator, it’s just not realistic for us. We will correspond with as many creators as possible, as we try to respond to every inquiry we receive. But we have to be judicious with how we’re able to engage. Therefore, we’ve decided to focus on content creators with a minimum reach of around 10,000 on their combined social media and content channels. Videos should regularly generate more than 1,500 views per episode.

In addition, we will not pay content creators a fee to attend our events or to cover our games. Honestly, we don’t have a budget to do that. It’s also a matter of philosophy. We believe our games and access to the development team is valuable for content creators, and hope that value is apparent. If it’s not, we’re probably not a good fit to work together. And we want fans who watch streams that involve our titles to know that Insomniac is not paying their favorite content creators to praise our games. This feels like the most genuine approach.

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Finally, we’ll place a slightly greater emphasis on west-coast based content creators coast since it’s easier from a logistics standpoint if travel to our studios is involved. Full disclosure: At our recent media day events, travel costs were covered for several content creators who flew to our Burbank headquarters from various parts of the US and Canada. This is exactly how journalists are treated for press events.

If you are unsure about where you might stand, please use this brief form (below!) and we’ll get back to you promptly with some guidance. You should also refer to our content creator policy online for our stance on how to properly use or credit Insomniac-generated footage and audio.

Content creators are an important part of the games community and we now feel more equipped at Insomniac to build a meaningful relationship together. We’ll make mistakes along the way. But we’ll learn… and we’ll probably make new mistakes! Especially as we head into the new frontier of VR content creation (aka, help wanted!). We’ll work hard to continually improve though. Please come along for this crazy ride with us.