Has Insomniac Games ignited the fuse on its next big hit? A new device that lets players change characters at will may help.

Two video game companies with a Triangle presence have teamed up to launch a new franchise, “Fuse.” Insomniac Games created it, and Electronic Arts is the publisher.

Insomniac, which has a development studio in Durham, is best known for its “Ratchet & Clark” and “Resistance” titles. In Fuse, the company, which is based in California, puts players in a chase with covert agents tracking down “Raven,” a rogue organization that has stolen a “volatile alien substance.”

A highlight of Fuse is the “Leap” functionality that allows players to change characters at will.

“In a world of sequels, Fuse is the breath of fresh air that gamers have been waiting for. Between our exotic Fuse weapons, inventive co-op gameplay and signature dry humor, Fuse offers something original for gamers seeking a new adventure at the end of this generation’s console cycle,” said Ted Price, CEO and founder of Insomniac Games. “The game is built from the ground up to offer the best four-player co-op experience today. Thanks to our LEAP functionality, players can experience each of our four distinct operatives at-will in combat even if they’re not playing with three other friends. With Fuse, playing is believing.”

Here’s how Insomniac describes Fuse:

“In Fuse, players are thrust into the shoes of four elite operatives- Dalton Brooks, Izzy Sinclair, Jacob Kimble and Naya Deveraux – as they embark on a mission to take down Raven, a rogue paramilitary organization that has stolen a volatile alien substance. Each covert agent is equipped with unique skills and weapons that are not only necessary for survival, but also help create unexpected and extraordinary results. Xenotech weapons are powered by the alien substance, Fuse, giving players otherworldly capabilities that expand their strategic options in and out of combat. Through lethal teamwork, players can complete objectives and combine their Xenotech guns to pull off kills to earn Fuse points for powerful upgrades.”

EA has a development studio in Morrisville.