Recently, Sony acquired Insomniac Games. While the development studio is most famous for developing a slew of successful exclusives for Sony, such as last year’s Marvel’s Spider-Man, until the acquisition, they were an independent studio. Thus, they also produced exclusives for other console manufactures, with the most famous probably being Sunset Overdrive for Microsoft’s Xbox One. While Microsoft published the title, Insomniac Games still owned the rights to the franchise. Sony has acquired the rights to the franchise through the acquisition of the studio, but it seems that they don’t have any plans for a sequel.
In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, SIE Worldwide Studios Chairman Shawn Layden commented on a potential sequel, and by his comments, it seems that there won’t be any. Layden stated, “That was a great experience for Insomniac and they learned a lot through that, as well. As far as the IP itself, we really haven’t turned over the files on that one to see what that actually means to be honest.” It seems that Sony doesn’t know where exactly the game will fit in the future PlayStation line-up.
It seems as if Sony is more focused on getting Insomniac to produce sequels to franchises already present in the PlayStation eco-system. “We like what they’ve been doing in the Spider-Man franchise and things like Ratchet & Clank are certainly vital series in the present and future. That’s what we’re concentrating on.”
It’s clear the success of Marvel’s Spider-Man is one of the reasons Sony purchased the Insomniac Games, along with the other franchises they have under their belt. In addition to releasing sequels to established franchises, Sony may also look to Insomniac Games to make some VR experiences too.
It seems that a Sunset Overdrive sequel is not on Sony’s agenda. Perhaps, they’ll release the game on PlayStation 4 or even port to a next-gen system in future, but at the moment, it doesn’t seem as if we’ll be visiting Sunset City again anytime soon.
Are you disappointed that Sony isn’t going make use of Sunset Overdrive?