Unlike some companies, Sony Computer Entertainment knows that not every franchise requires an extensive series of games that starts off in a historical period and, somehow, winds up years well into the future. While its World War II setting was what separated Resistance: Fall of Man with some of the other sci-fi shooters being released today, it almost felt inevitable that the series would make the timeline jump and wind up in present day or, even worse, somewhere further into the future.
After the release of the conclusive Resistance 3, Sony handed development rights of Resistance: Burning Skies for the PS Vita over to Nihilistic Software. While both games did a decent job of portraying the world of Resistance that their two predecessors created, Sony is not looking to further the battle between the Chimera and human forces. Sony Computer Entertainment Europe producer Daniel Brook told the UK branch of the Official Playstation Magazine that, “The Resistance franchise has been exciting to work on, but as for the future we have no definitive plans.” Some may expect that this is code for Sony’s desire to leave the Resistance series behind.
Though Resistance 3 was met with mediocre sales compared to the second installment in the series, it wasn’t impossible that Sony would return to the series that kicked off the Playstation 3 launch. While it was clear the story of the war for Earth had concluded at the end of the third installment, it’s not unlikely to have a return vessel show up years later with a stronger and more diverse attack force. Of course, though, with that plot line in place you leave plenty of room for a slew of reiterations and redundancies that are what typically plague most shooters when they go on for far too long. Sometimes it is best to hang up the hat and agree that, while there could be life in the series yet, it’s best not to risk making the bad taste that Resistance: Burning Skies left in gamers’ mouths even worse. With rumors of a Playstation 4 still bouncing throughout the industry, it’s even possible that the publisher is awaiting the next system before bringing back its first party title.
Brook’s words were far from definitive, though, and even if he had outright stated that the series was dead, there have been more than a fair share of instances where one man’s statement was easily overturned – case and point Hideo Kojima and the Metal Gear Solid series. Historically known for saying one thing and doing another, Kojima has both killed off the Metal Gear Solid series and its main character in two separate instances only to come back a year or two later with news that completely contradicted previous statements.
So, is the Resistance series completely dead? Long time fans of it may weep for now, but only time will tell whether Sony is putting the Chimera race to rest for good.