Insomniac “can definitely see” handing off Resistance to another developer

Wednesday, 24 August 2011 08:53 GMT By Johnny Cullen

Expecting more Resistance with Insomniac after the release of 3? Doesn’t sound hopeful. R3 director Marcus Smith has suggested it could hand off the series.

Speaking to Gaming Union, Smith suggested it could hand off the series in a similar vein to Spyro, as the company goes in new directions. The Burbank studio is currently working on the company’s first multi-plat title Overstrike for PS3 and 360, whilst its new Carolina studio is putting the finishing touches to Ratchet & Clank: All4One on PS3.

“I can definitely see that,” Smith told the site. “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.”

Smith added that Insomniac was “not currently slated to do a Resistance 4″ after the release of 3.

His comments follow those of SCEA producer Frank Simon when asked if it could see Insomniac continuing on the series, with Nihilistic working on Burning Skies for Vita.

“Insomniac are just premiere developers – they’ve been working on the PS3 and with us at Sony for a long time. You can see that it shows on Resistance 3, their technology has had three games to evolve with, and they’re very interested in telling that compelling story as well,” Simon told VG247 in Cologne last week for a wide-ranging piece now live on the series’ new games.

“We would love to work with Insomniac more in the future. I don’t think there are any thoughts about that being different.”

Resistance 3 launches in early September on PS3. Burning Skies is expected to be released around Vita’s launch.

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