A future instalment in the primary Resistance series could well end up in the hands of a studio other than Insomniac Games, creative director Marcus Smith revealed to Gaming Union.
Asked if Resistance was the studio's flagship franchise, Smith said: "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 linchpin within Insomniac. I think we're thriving and branching out in a lot of different directions."
On the subject of handing the Resistance franchise to another developer, Smith added: "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."
Smith also assured fans that the Resistance franchise will almost certainly end up in capable hands.
"I'm sure Sony would want to find a high calibre 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," he concluded.
Resistance 3 will be released September 9 only for PlayStation 3. Insomniac is also working on Ratchet & Clank: All 4 One for release October 21 and multi-platform title OverStrike for EA.