Hey Everyone!

Thanks for taking the time to visit us again at Moonlighting with Insomniac! We’ll be online to chat on Wednesday, April 8th from 1:30-2:30 PM PT / 4:30-5:30 PM ET. This edition is all about Programming.

We wanted to create our post a little earlier than normal this time around to give you an opportunity to visit us at your own pace and ask your questions.  So…. here’s your chance!  We’re posting this Programming edition a bit sooner and will update it with more details (like who our guest will be) in the near future.  So stay tuned!

As you wait for the updated info – feel free to ask your programming, HR, Insomniac related questions below.  We’ll see you on April 8th to answer them!

As always   – this is NOT to be mistaken as a space to ask about our projects or specific games. To do that – just head on over to the Community forum or ask via Twitter or Facebook and ask away – its that easy!

Talk soon!


We are excited to announce that Outernauts is now live on Google Play, worldwide! You can now do battle and tame the galaxy from your Android phones or tablets. What’s more, there is cross play support with iOS, so you can battle your friends, join alliances, chat, and conquer challenges and tournaments no matter WHICH platform you have.

New to Outernauts?

For those new to Outernauts, please make sure you check out our comprehensive FAQ and join our forums to discuss any questions you may have. Or just jump into Global Chat in the game and ask away. Please read our Chat Rules first though.

Refer a Friend, Get Rewards

If you have completed the tutorial on any device you will get a unique Referral Code (under Settings menu). Give this to a friend who just started the game and you BOTH get rewarded as they level up. There is no limit to the number of friends you can refer. Just make sure they enter you code after the tutorial is done. You can’t go back and enter it later.

So come on and join in. It’s free to play, so you have nothing to lose! Except maybe the amazing time you are going to be spending breeding, evolving, fusing, enhancing, and battling your beasts!



Hi Everyone!

Just like we promised – We’re Back!  After a week at GDC 2015, Kerri and I are ready to share what we saw, heard and thought about our experience in San Francisco.  Our feet have recovered- hope yours have!  We look forward to hearing from you if you were there- what you saw, what you liked and if there were any awesome talks you attended.  If you were not at GDC – then we will try and fill in a detail or two for you too! Same time –Wed, March 11th, 130 pm PT /430 pm ET, and we’ll compare notes and share.

Also be sure to follow us on twitter – @InsomniacHR for updates and fun tidbits about Insomniac!

Thanks- Kerri and Angela


HELLO Everyone!

Thanks for checking in with us!  Normally we would be having a Moonlighting session today to answer all of your burning questions on life at Insomniac, how to get into the industry, and all kinds of other interesting tidbits and facts.  Sadly- both Kerri and I are SWAMPED with projects (one of them being GDC next week)  so we are pressing pause.  What that means is that we will not be on the air today at 1:30 pm PT/4:30 pm ET, but what that does mean is that we will be back after GDC, on March 11th,   to answer all new questions and to give a recap of GDC from our perspectives. If you are heading to GDC – we hope you stop by and say “HI”  at our open house at the Palomar Hotel!

We look forward to chatting with you March 11th!

Also be sure to follow us on twitter – @InsomniacHR for updates and posts throughout GDC and beyond!

Thanks- Kerri and Angela

We hope you have been having a blast traversing around Sunset City. If you haven’t played yet, there is still plenty of time to cash in on some great holiday sales!

Many of you have been asking us on social media about Sunset Overdrive swag. Well we are happy to announce that we have partnered with Teespring to bring you our first Official Sunset Overdrive Apparel. Check out our first round of shirts here. Hurry, these are only available until 12:00am PST on December 8th! This is to allow for shipping in time for Christmas (at least to US address, International may take longer).

Chemical Smile

This is the FIRST time we are even making this design – originally featured in our E3 2014 trailer. This shirt will be available in long and short sleeve, women’s sizes, AND in hoodie.



Everyone’s favorite burger joint, now in t-shirt form! Available in long and short sleeve.


Fizzie Flakes

Start your morning off right with Fizzie Flakes! Available in long and short sleeve.


On top of it all, because it is the holidays, we are offering a Shipping Discount on all your orders. You just have to make sure you include the promo code in your URLs. Check the descriptions on the shirts or click on any of these below to get the Free Shipping links.

Chemical Smile:
Fizzie Flakes:


Hi. My name is Marcus. While not acting as Creative Director on Sunset Overdrive, I enjoy listening to music. One of the amazing benefits of this incredible job I have is getting the opportunity to work with artists I love. The music in Sunset Overdrive is exactly that- music I love. From the very early days of working out the rough ideas that would become the game, Drew (Murray, Game Director) and I would make mix tapes for one another to express our ideas tonally. We had a shared affinity for hardcore and punk rock, the music we’d grown-up listening to, but we’d also included styles that exemplified facets of the world that became Sunset City- from the strutting nature of Glam Rock to “classic rock” to proto-punk to electroclash to new wave to shoegaze and artists that defy genres. The point is, even before we knew what the game was, we were using music to define it. And one of the coolest things in the world is that we got to work with many of the bands that were on our original ‘inspiration’ list (created over two and a half years ago).

Audio Director Paul Mudra and I spent a lot of time looking for the perfect sounds to fit Sunset Overdrive. We worked with Pyramind Studios and Cutting Edge Group to locate the sounds that drive the action. As a result, Sunset Overdrive has a soundtrack made up of original songs created by bands Cheap Time, The Bronx, Dan Sartain, Bass Drum of Death, Meat Market, BOATS!, and Brenna Red. The bands created the songs incorporating story elements from the game and were edited to create “sub-mixes” that are layered in depending on the intensity of action in the game, so the more intense the action, the more full and intense the songs will be. These bands fit the tonal qualities that work for the theme and tempo of the gameplay and we couldn’t be happier with the results. Sunset also features great licensed tracks from bands FIDLAR, Cheap Time, The Death Set, Carbonas, The Glockenwise, The Blind Shake, Cerebral Ballzy, Bass Drum of Death, and Zig Zags. Everybody should go see these bands if they play in your town because they are all incredible.

And as if that weren’t enough, we also had a chance to work with Buzz Osborne. A while back, Jon Paquette (Sunset’s Lead Writer) came to Drew and I and said that he wanted to write a mission where the player had to put together a concert for a sick kid and asked who we’d most want to work with. It took me exactly zero seconds to reply with The Melvins. Buzz Osborne is such an incredible inspiration because he works incredibly hard and creates unique, relevant music. All hail King Buzzo!

Dreams really do come true:


Buzz Osborne (left) and Marcus Smith (right)

Timing is everything! Friends of Insomniac and contributing band The Bronx have a new album out now from their alter egos, ‘Mariachi El Bronx’ (“Be who you want to be!) Also go see them live at one of these upcoming events! You won’t regret it!


Between you and 1,000 shiny new Gamerpoints is 64 Achievements to slay in Sunset Overdrive. Want to know what they are? We’d assume so, since you clicked this link. So, let’s just stop the tibber-tabber and get listin’!

A Challenger Appears Complete 10 challenges with at least a bronze rating. 10G
Second Place Complete 30 challenges with at least a silver rating. 20G
The Champion Complete 50 challenges with a gold rating. 30G
Perfection Complete an optional Night Defense without losing any of your Overcharge. 10G
Replay Replay any Mission and complete it under par. 10G
Not the Boss of Me Replay the final mission and defeat the boss under par. 10G
Chaos in the Old Factory Survive Chaos Squad in the Old Factory District with at least 150 Chaos. 25G
Chaos in Little Tokyo Survive Chaos Squad in Little Tokyo District with at least 325 Chaos. 25G
Chaos in the Harbor District Survive Chaos Squad in the Harbor District with at least 750 Chaos. 25G
Chaos in Downtown Survive Chaos Squad in Downtown with at least 1625 Chaos. 25G
The Floor is Lava Chain together 100 traversal moves without stopping or touching the ground. 10G
Orange Soda 5,000 OD’d massacred. 10G
Orange Soda II 15,0000 OD’d massacred. 25G
Grind Kills Kill 100 enemies while grinding. 5G
Bounce Kills Kill 100 enemies while bouncing or while in the air. 5G
Trap Kills Kill 500 enemies with traps. 5G
Flung to Safety Kill 100 enemies by flinging them into danger using the Springboard Trap. 10G
Stylish Kills Kill 500 enemies while at Style Level 3. 10G
Grind Melee Melee 50 enemies while grinding. 5G
Let Me Count the Ways Burn, Shock, Freeze, or Enrage 1000 enemies. 15G
Favorite Upgrade one of your guns to Level 5. 10G
Many Favorites Upgrade ten guns to Level 5. 20G
I Like Them All Upgrade 20 guns to Level 5. 30G
Amped Up Equip five AMPs on your character at the same time. 10G
Over-Amped Earn an Amp upgrade in Chaos Squad. 10G
Mixology 101 Collect 20 Amps from Floyd. 15G
Out of Stock Destroy 250 Overcharge XT vending machines. 10G
Crash Landing Destroy 25 Fizzco Blimps just because you can. 10G
Badge Earn a badge. 10G
Overdrive Unlock an Overdrive. 15G
More Overdrive Unlock at least one Rank 4 Overdrive. 25G
Intel Collect all 40 Smartphones. 20G
Explorer Find all 20 secret sightseeing locations in Sunset City. 10G
Big Brother Destroy all 150 Fizzco security cameras. 20G
Wire Tapping Eavesdrop on nine conversations by hacking into satellites. 10G
It’s Art, Ok? Deface 40 billboards with graffiti. 10G
Shoe Closet Collect all 150 shoes hanging from wires. 20G
What’s Your Sign Collect all 150 Overcharge hologram signs. 20G
Hot Air Collect all 150 Fizzie balloons. 20G
Litter Collect all 150 scraps of toilet paper. 20G
Who is Sending These? Loot 25 emergency supply drops. 10G
Going to Need a Bigger Closet Collect 250 fashion items. 10G
Can’t Commit Equip one piece of clothing from each Faction at the same time. 10G
The 0.1% Spend at least 25,000 Overcharge. 10G
Overachiever You earned an achievement. 5G
Appreciation Watch the credits all the way through. 10G
I Should Get Paid For This Beat Insomniac QA’s high score of 534, 080 on the Challenge “Buck’s Revenge.” 25G

Spoiler Alert

These next few have some story elements in them, so divert your eves now cuz’ spoilers. (if you want. We’re not being pushy.)

Not So Secret Ingredient Get to the bottom of Fizzco’s corporate secrets. 20G
Roleplay While Roleplaying Reach Level 99 in Ignatius’ epic RPG campaign. 10G
Vat Pack Rat Upgrade the Overcharge vats at every Fort. 15G
Ultimate Collection Liberate all the comic books for the comic book collector. 15G
Defender of the Realm Clear Fargarthia of a hidden evil. 15G
Revolutionary Take back Sunset City for the misfit survivors. 15G
Equal Opportunity Complete a quest from every faction. 20G

There are actually 10 Secret Achievements, as well. But, we’re not going to put those here because that would defeat the whole point of them being a secret.

Some things are still sacred, okay?


A note from Carrie, Insomniac’s Chief People Officer.

Little did I know when I came to Insomniac Games 11 years ago that I was joining such an incredible company. Sure, I was amazed by Ted on my first meeting (just like everyone) but I really had no idea in September of 2003 how truly special Insomniac was, is, and will always be. What I instantly realized was that from day one, Ted, Al and Brian created a studio with a culture of inclusion, creativity, collaboration and FUN. I don’t think this was done with much thought toward “what is our culture” but is rather a reflection of these amazing individuals and their passion for making games. As we’ve grown and the industry has evolved, we’ve never deviated from the most important aspect of who we are – Insomniacs! To know us is to know that our heart and soul is a tremendously talented and vocal team that creates amazing games for our fans. I’d be bold-faced lying if I didn’t say that we have our challenges and that some problems are easier to fix than others. We still have a long way to go but, no matter what needs to be addressed, the foundation of our studio is solid and if you ask anyone here, they’ll tell you that we’re part of a unique place that cannot be duplicated.


Being recognized on Fortune’s 2014 Best Small & Medium Workplaces list marks our 15th award in nine years and, yes, I’m bragging right now. How many companies, especially in our industry, can wear that badge? Even more important, these awards are the direct result of survey feedback received anonymously from Insomniacs. There is no buying your way onto a list like this and if we weren’t doing an amazing job focusing on our employees we wouldn’t be recognized year after year. Here’s a little-known fact, the only two years we didn’t make the list is because we chose not to apply so we could just focus on the feedback we’d received and wanted to address employee concerns. Hindsight being what it is, I realize we short changed everyone by not applying and not soliciting feedback because everyone here takes great pride in this accomplishment. Even during times where we’ve had our biggest growing pains – new tech, new IP, new publishing relationships, new consoles — I’ve wondered if we’re really doing all we can to create a culture that can withstand and evolve change. But our employees have said that we’re doing almost everything right and when we’re not, we admit it!

Insomniac Games turned 20 earlier this year and I can honestly tell you that I hope I’m here when we celebrate our 40th!


Microsoft and Insomniac Games are excited to announce even more explosive action and mutant-infested mayhem for fans with the “Sunset Overdrive” Season Pass, available for purchase on Xbox Live and participating retailers at release.

Packed with exclusive content, the “Sunset Overdrive” Season Pass includes the first three complete Game Add-ons for “Sunset Overdrive,” as well as six character outfits, two Amps and two Traps available exclusively to Season Pass purchasers as soon as the game is released.

The “Sunset Overdrive” Season Pass grants you:

  • Two campaign Game Add-ons that each deliver new locations to explore, stories to experience, and bosses to battle. Each of these Add-ons also includes new weapons, new Amps, a new Trap, new character outfits as well as new challenges and Chaos Squad* objectives!
  • The Weapons Pack Game Add-on, which includes four deadly new weapons to augment your arsenal!
  • BONUS – six character outfits, two Amps and two Traps to use as soon as the game is released

In total, the Season Pass delivers a massive amount of adventure and destruction: eight new devastating weapons, four deadly traps to deploy in Chaos Squad, four new Amps to unleash over-the-top mayhem, and 10 unique outfits for your character – all for $19.99 U.S. ERP, a savings of more than 20% compared to purchasing the three Game Add-ons individually.

*Sunset Overdrive game required, sold separately. Chaos Squad objectives and Traps require Xbox Live Gold membership, sold separately. Retail prices may vary.


PAX Prime! Set in the magical land of Seattle where games and gamers of all types come together to celebrate games and gamers of all types! Well, Sunset Overdrive’s going to be there, too! With figurative bells on! Although, we’re not ruling out the possibility of some bell-inspired attire.

Let’s run through what we’ve got in Sunset store:

  • Sunset Overdrive’s 8-Player Co-op experience, Chaps Squad will be playable on the show floor! So, stop by the Xbox booth and get grindin’!
  • Volpin Props made amazing life-size replicas of the Captain Ahab and High Fidelity weapons from Sunset. If you want to grab pictures with these beauts – simply head over to the Paramount Theatre (911 Pine) and smile.
  • We are also a part of Pinny Arcade! We’ll be giving out limited edition Fizzie pins at the booth (limited number available each day and only for Chaos Squad group winners) and at the Paramount Theatre (if you get your picture taken.) Now Fizzie has a reason to stab you in the chest repeatedly!
  • But, that’s not the only thing we’re giving away! We’ll also be passing out limited -edition Kuturu shirts for the first 75 people that play the game every day. So, best be early!
  • On Saturday night, Sunset will be taking over the GameSpot Metrople (820 Pike Street.) Everyone is invited to attend and Sunset Overdrive themed drinks will be served. Plus, the first 250 people to arrive will receive “Fast Passes” which let people skip to the front of the line to play the demo at the Xbox booth.
  • The infamous Sunset Bus will be carrying people from the Convention Center to Lil’ Woody’s on Capitol Hill. There you can order yourself a Sunset Burger (read: Sexburger). Between the hours of 11-1 we’ll even supply free drinks and fries with every Sunset Burger you purchase! And, yes, there will be lots of chilled Overcharge on the bus.
  • And, finally, Sunset Overdrive’s composer, Boris Salchow, will be appearing on the Maestros of Videogames panel on Saturday from 5:30 – 6:30 P.M. Wanna learn more about the music in Sunset – or the music of games in general? Here’s your shot! It’s in the Sphinx Theatre.

Whew – we think we’ve covered everything. You could literally spend your entire PAX time just doing Sunset Overdrive things. That would flatter us, but there are plenty of other amazing games to see, as well. Still! Get your fill of Sunset. There are some awesome exclusives!

Aight – if you see us around – say “Hi!”