The Resistance franchise has long been a part of the PlayStation 3’s heritage, with Resistance: Fall of Man being widely known as the system’s “must own” launch title. However, the series’ lineage might not stem past the PS3 and Vita, as Sony is unsure of the franchise’s future.
After the release of Resistance 3, series creator Insomniac Games (which is currently developing its first multiplatform title, Overstrike) announced that it would no longer be working on the franchise. While this news certainly disappointed long time fans, the Resistance IP is owned by Sony, giving some hope that the series could continue with another developer.
Unfortunately, Sony’s Daniel Brooke — who worked on the Vita title Resistance: Burning Skies — revealed that the company has no plans for the future of the series.
“The Resistance franchise has been exciting to work on but as for the future we have no definitive plans.”
It’s possible that Sony is reevaluating the series’ profitability. Resistance 3 may have been loved by critics (read our review), but at retail the game sold abysmally. Insomniac wasn’t too disappointed with Resistance 3’s performance in the marketplace, as the game placed seventh on the September 2011 NPD chart, but sales figures were still considerably lower then those of its predecessor.
Should the series continue, Sony will need to find a new developer. Both Sony Bend and Nihilistic Software have worked on Resistance games, but Bend is one of Sony’s premiere portable developers, so asking the studio to develop a console game seems unlikely. As for Nihilistic…well, their Resistance game didn’t turn out very well.
As Game Rant’s resident Resistance fanboy, this really is disheartening to hear. Resistance 3‘s ending was open enough to allow for a sequel, and there are still many unanswered questions about the Chimera. The franchise may need to rest for now, but hopefully Sony will soon awake it from the grim pod so the Chimera can once again terrorize the world.
Ranters, do you want more Resistance games? Where do you think the series should go after Resistance 3?
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