There’s a curious quirk to Sony’s acquisition of Marvel’s Spider-Man developer Insomniac Games: it now owns the Sunset Overdrive intellectual property. Well, we obviously don’t have the legal paperwork in front of us, but that appears to be the case after the Burbank-based developer infamously retained ownership of the oft-discussed Xbox One exclusive.
As we understand it, Microsoft has publishing rights for the original open world outing, but it’s the developer who possesses the property outright. And seeing as the Japanese giant just made the Ratchet & Clank maker a subsidiary, it stands to reason that it now also owns the Sunset Overdrive IP, which is fascinating.
Of course, speaking with The Hollywood Reporter, Worldwide Studios chairman Shawn Layden tried to dodge the question. “As far as the IP itself, we really haven’t turned over the files on that one to see what that actually means,” he said. “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.”
So the chances of a Sunset Overdrive sequel are low, then? Considering that Insomniac Games has worked on much more successful projects with PlayStation, it’s hardly a surprise. We do wonder whether there’s any chance the original Xbox One exclusive could be ported to the PS4, though; there are probably far too many legal issues to overcome, but you never know, do you?