Insomniac drops Resistance

Overstrike developer won't be making any more entries in Sony-exclusive first-person shooter series, according to CEO Ted Price.

Insomniac is done with Resistance. Speaking with VG247 at Southern Methodist University's Game::Business::Law Summit, CEO Ted Price said the developer was finished working on Sony's exclusive first-person shooter series.

Insomniac has new pastures, without Chimera, ahead of it.

"We won't be making any more Resistances," Price said.

Insomniac departing the sci-fi shooter series was first hinted at in August. At the time, studio creative director Marcus Smith said the company was ready to branch out from the franchise and was not slated to make a follow-up to Resistance 3.

The studio's latest project is Overstrike, which was officially announced at the 2012 Electronic Entertainment Expo in June. A squad-based stylized shooter, the game is the first multiplatform project at Insomniac Games.

Outside of Overstrike, Insomniac Games recently created a Facebook and mobile division dubbed Insomniac Click. This shop opened up last March, but there is no indication as to what the label is presently producing.

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Eddie Makuch is a news editor at GameSpot, and would like to see the Whalers return to Hartford.

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steelmouth
steelmouth

i thought Insomniac Games was a sony studio any how i guess there is no money in sony exclusives

fester420
fester420

I had a hard time getting into resistance 3 because the game just felt unfinished to me. They should have put a little more care into the 3D too, whenever I zoom in I see two sets of crosshairs, and neither is hitting the target. Other games have gotten this right, I don't know how this game couldn't.

F4Remix
F4Remix

@dRuGGeRnaUt Has Not A Clue What He Chats About I Say Good News It Ends As It Ends On A High And Not Milk It And Also Wont Leave People Hating The Series,But He Comments On My Picture? :S Smart Bloke Right There.

BravoOneActual
BravoOneActual

"On the other hand," Price continued, "we still plan on trampling the dry, sun-bleached bones of R&C's corpse well into the next decade, so expect the full PS3 release, 'Ratchet & Clank: To Uranus and Back' by the 2012 holiday season!"

warrner11
warrner11

@theKSMM alot less woulda been sold had that been the case...

monson21502
monson21502

good.. lets hope uncharted is next! im so sick of the same games over and over till i cant stand them anymore... sony`s devs need to take a lesson from nintendo on how to make their clasics last!

theKSMM
theKSMM

No doubt that Insomniac is looking for some of that cross-platform money. No doubt they're looking at projections of what their sales if the Resistance series was also on XBOX 360.

nima_metal90
nima_metal90

I will miss resistance2, I hope they make Sth like that again, never forgetting co-op online

sflowers539
sflowers539

No surprise here, they pretty much announced it in advance when the game was released. The franchise was good but each game left me slightly disappointed, it could have been better. I liked the third but the weak sales sealed the fate of the series.

digi-demon
digi-demon

Was Resistance 3 worth buying £10 new?

kangaox
kangaox

After how flat 3 was, maybe its good for the series to get a fresh start with another Company. 3's SP basically killed the Resistance world FoM and 2 made me love! Not hugely lookin forward to Overstrike either based on the form of R3

Bolduk
Bolduk

@RadView Lol, you know nothing.

warhawk-geeby
warhawk-geeby

@Soothsayer42 Yeah possibly, and by the looks of this article 'branching out' in to Facebook and the mobile division just depresses me. Who knows. They'd be fairly daft to give up such a strong relationship with Sony though. Maybe they'll just come back with something completely new for the PS4? We'll see. Best of luck to them anyway :)

Soothsayer42
Soothsayer42

@warhawk-geeby its more like: Insomaniac will be no longer Sony first party studio. :(

warhawk-geeby
warhawk-geeby

What the hell?? This was announced months ago :? They said Resistance 3 would be their last one before it was even released. Slow news day :P

ryzrocks
ryzrocks

I love Resistance but it's time to move on...Sony still have like 10+ exclusives, I hope Overstrike will be as good as they are letting is on :P

theoardo55
theoardo55

Meanwhile at Activision... another COD.

sc_skullz
sc_skullz

cmon, i actually liked the first 2 resistances. then they messed up 3. i even played the psp version. at least there's one more resistance coming on the vita.

eyerok
eyerok

@firehawk998 - i blame the fanbase for the change in multiplayer. After playing dozens of hours on R2 I was shocked when I found out that Insomniac had to face a huge backlash byt he online community against the changes made to the multiplayer, and they cancelled their plans for releasing further add-ons because of that. R2's multiplayer was actually pretty good, a mixture of Modern warfare, the old medal of honor and Halo, but unique in its own way. I also didn't see why fans complained about the Single player too. I felt that it was superior to the first game, which I think is not that great compared to FPS of its time, such as Half life 2, Far cry, Bioshock etc. I think they overrate the first game in comparison to the second one, which was an improvement in almost every way possible.

Magnaxilorius
Magnaxilorius

I've never been a fan of Insomniac outside of the first couple of Spyro games on the PS1. And I've really disliked the Resistance games. I never thought they were fun, at all. For me, there's not much hope for Overstrike. Whatever that is...

firehawk998
firehawk998

Hmm this is sad if there was one game that had a potential to be a huge franchise is was the resistance series. The SPs setting was unique, the levels were long , chimera looked awesome and the guns were fun to shoot. The MP was good in Resistance 1, but ( IMO) leaped to great lengths in Resistance 2 but alas for some reason they decided to turn resistance 3 mp into a COD clone. Whoever makes the next resistance best of luck.

Spacerac
Spacerac

That sucks a bit, but if "Resistance" had been swapped out for another R word in that headline sentence I would've been straight gutted. That certain loveable gun-crazy duo's 10 year anniversary is this year.

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yattaze

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ChiefFreeman
ChiefFreeman

Resistance sadly never lived up to its potential. Can't say I'll miss it much. Hopefully, the VITA game is decent.

beefalo
beefalo

thank god...resistance was terrible

lilfma1209
lilfma1209

The studio's latest project is Overstrike, which was officially announced at the "2012" Electronic Entertainment Expo in June.

ryogapower
ryogapower

well, this is a proper shame, i liked R1, thought R2 was passable but loved R3. one of the best or at least funnest FPS campaigns in recent memory(except for the dispirit ending). i guess they'd rather flog a dead horse and bring out two ratchet and clank games every year. sigh...

FuryX-4
FuryX-4

@KBFloYd Yes you can, either you didn't calibrate it correctly or never bother changing the settings.

kweeni
kweeni

That sucks. :( I haven't picked up R3 yet but I will later. I hope they'll atleast let someone else continue the serie.

almossbb
almossbb

kinda sad to hear as i love the resitance games. wish they would make just one more game, to end it off properly. oh well, i guess we will see a better game from them soon anyway.

KBFloYd
KBFloYd

you cant even melee on R3 with the psmove...goodbye jerks..

theJBlounge
theJBlounge

Of course this could leave Resistance games being developed by someone else. As long as it's not the people who ran Spyro into the ground lol

TheCyborgNinja
TheCyborgNinja

You'd think they had planned on this well in advance of finishing 3. If that's the case, why end your trilogy with an awful finale? The game was good, but the ending was one of the least satisfying of this generation.

ZombehDino
ZombehDino

A bit disappointing, given that the ending to Resistance 3 wasn't exactly the most satisfying way to end the story in my opinion.

hyksiu
hyksiu

Well still they have other cool games like Ratchet and Clank and Overstrike. Hopefully they'll undertake some crazy new project for current gen or maybe PS4. Looking forward to what they may deliver. Resistance will probably be given to another studio cause it is successful.

jamyskis
jamyskis

Seems they believed that Resistance was Futile. I certainly did after playing Resistance 3.

pszone
pszone

I knew they where not going to do any more since i guess they doing there new game. That im not instested so i think restaince 3 was the best one .

AvnKnight
AvnKnight

Its good for them, not like the series was on its way up, R2 was taking the game in the right direction and instead of building on that, they reduced R3 to a CoD clone, thats why me and most of the other R2 players didnt keep R3 for more then a week.

187umKILLAH
187umKILLAH

I thought Resistance 2 was a good game but as soon as I heard Resistance 3 was the first game to feature the horrid Online pass I had no further interest, I'd say Sony forcing Online pass on Insomniac played a part in Insomniac turning their back on Sony and I don't blame them.

eyerok
eyerok

anyways the problem is sony's been giving insomniac the shaft for a long time now; they have refused to market any of IG's games the way they market their other exclusive IPs, Ratchet and clank, and especially the third resistance game is a case in point. I'm not surprised that insomniac is ditching sony by making their next project multiplatform. I thought the first Resistance was alright, but liked the second one especially the multiplayer (which I think is very underrated by the fanbase). Have yet to play the third one but I'm definitely planning to.

eyerok
eyerok

@Barighm - actually the second game sold 3 million copies worldwide.

DeathwachMarine
DeathwachMarine

what about the resistance on vita? or is that a different dev

supertom221
supertom221

@RadView I don't think so. If anything, that would be Killzone, but both franchises were never as successful as HALO was. HALO was also popular because it was a good franchise from the start-- HALO 1 was an amazingly revolutionary game, HALO 2 even more so. Killzone however, was a pretty forgettable and bland game for PS2, which only made it's big awesome debut on Killzone 2, which I proudly own. Resistance had all good games, but the first one never got much publicity, it was Resistance 2 that made it shine above many others, but Resistance 3, while being an awesome game, still fell short of what RT2 was. Gears VS Uncharted however, is an interesting comparison.

Bangerman15
Bangerman15

i never bought resistance 3 because there were too many other games i wanted more last year but that is kinda sad cuz i really liked 2 alot and wanted to play 3 eventually, kinda wish i got it now since they most likely canned resistance due to not as many sales as it deserves

blancobo
blancobo

Regardless of what they say... Ready at Dawn stated they were not making any more games for Sony after Chains of Olympus because Sony would not take a series of risks and so forth... interview seen here in Gamespot videos. They went on to make Gohst of Sparta a couple of years later... Regardless Insomniac develop or not another Resistance game, other Sony owned studios could, Retribution was developed by Sony Bend (great game actually) so could keep the series alive if the IP is not owned by Insomniac... It's not over "til" it's over...