Resistance is generally considered one of the marquee franchises in Sony's lineup, a hopeful system-seller for the PlayStation 3. Insomniac Games has been crafting Resistance since its inception, but that may not be the case much longer. During an interview with us, Insomniac's creative director Marcus Smith pointed out that the studio is "not currently slated to do Resistance 4" and could "see the series going to another developer."
Marcus Smith's comments on the subject from our interview follow...
Gaming Union: Insomniac seems pretty busy at the moment - Ratchet & Clank is going strong, OverStrike is on the way, etc.. Is Resistance still your flagship franchise? Where does the series fit in the studio's future plans?
Marcus Smith: As far as Insomniac goes... you're right. We've got three different games with very different focuses. We're kind of going in a lot of different directions. Ted Price, Alex and Brian Hastings, the owners, have been doing this for a long time - something like 15 years of doing Sony exclusive games - and they're just interested in doing other things.
As far as Resistance being the flagship... I think Insomniac has always branched out. I loved the Spyro the Dragon series when [Insomniac] did that. I didn't work there at the time, and I was bummed when they didn't work on the fourth game, but ultimately, I think it was healthy for them to move on. I think that's what we're seeing here. We've done Resistance 3 and we're really into it and proud of it, but we're not currently slated to do a Resistance 4. So it would be hard to say it's any kind of lynchpin within Insomniac. I think we're thriving and branching out in a lot of different directions.
GU: Do you think a Spyro situation, where you guys hand off the series to somebody else, will occur?
Marcus: I can definitely see that. Nihilistic is already doing a [Resistance] Vita game, which is going to be awesome. We really respect those guys as game developers. Sony Bend did Resistance Retribution on PSP. We've got a lot of different places for the universe to go, so I could certainly see the series going to another developer. I'm sure Sony would want to find a high caliber developer to do a good offering. I don't think they'd hand the franchise over to somebody who is going to screw it up.
Stay tuned for our complete interview with Marcus Smith tomorrow, and for Resistance 3 when it hits store shelves on September 6th.