Insomniac Games is not slated to create Resistance 4.
Creative director Marcus Smith told Gaming Union he "can definitely see" Insomniac handing off the PlayStation exclusive shooter series to another developer.
"As far as Resistance being the flagship... I think Insomniac has always branched out," he said.
"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 lynchpin within Insomniac. I think we're thriving and branching out in a lot of different directions."
Insomniac has three games in development: Resistance 3 and Ratchet & Clank: All 4 One for PlayStation 3, and Overstrike, to be published by EA.
"We recognise we have a very loyal fanbase among Sony players, and we love them," Insomniac boss Ted Price told Eurogamer at E3 in June. "We're definitely dedicated to them. However, we've always wanted to reach out to an even broader audience. The Xbox 360 audience has been a viable, vibrant audience for a long time. This was just a chance to do that."
Insomniac has been a PlayStation-exclusive developer for 15 years. Overstrike, due out on Xbox 360 as well as PlayStation 3, is its first multiplatform game.
Now, Smith suggested the developer may be ready to pass the Resistance torch on.
"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. 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."