Back in August, Sony acquired Marvel's Spider-Man developer and creators of Spyro the Dragon, Insomniac Games.
Insomniac Games is the award-winning studio behind many of PlayStation's most highly-successful franchises, including Spyro the Dragon, Ratchet & Clank, and Resistance.
But for a while, at the start of the generation, Insomniac flirted with Microsoft and the Xbox One, making an exclusive game for the platform called Sunset Overdrive.
This week, it was revealed that Sony acquired not only the studio but also the rights to the series when it picked up Insomniac Games.
Even though the game first came to life as an Xbox One exclusive, Insomniac Games managed to retain the rights to the intellectual property… meaning Sony now owns the series.
- Sony buys Spider-Man PS4 developer, Insomniac Games
Speaking with Japanese site Inside Games, Sony Worldwide Studios head Shuhei Yoshida confirmed that the developer/publisher does, in fact, own the Microsoft-published title.
“SIE holds the rights to past Insomniac Games works,” acknowledged Yoshida in the interview. He added: “I am looking forward to future titles.”
We can infer from what's been said so far that we're likely to get more games from the studio (at this point, Spider-Man 2 is inevitable – after all, the game sold through more than 13.2 million copies worldwide as of July 28, 2019), but what about a port of Sunset Overdrive on PS4?
Nothing has been said by Sony yet, but we imagine there will be a few legal issues in porting the game to the PS4, a console which is nearing the end of its life-span, anyway.
We could see the series resurrected on the next-generation of harddrive with the PlayStation 5. And we'd be quite keen on seeing that, too.
Sunset Overdrive was, after all, an early-gen experiment over on the Xbox One, showing what the then-new tech could do. We'd like to revisit that world next-gen and see the game push the limits of tech on the PS5.
But Insomniac will likely have its hands full with Spider-Man games for the foreseeable future.
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