Sunset Overdrive Officially Owned by PlayStation

Sunset Overdrive Officially Owned by PlayStation

The world of video games exclusives is a messy place to find yourself. If you opted for an Xbox One over a PlayStation 4, you’ll likely have been kicking yourself over the number of games you missed out on.

With games like God of War, Horizon Zero Dawn, and Spider-man all being PS4 exclusives, there’s a lot Xbox One missed out on.

Of course, that being said, Xbox does have some exclusives to brag about. There’s Forza, which is one of the best racing series ever built. Quantum Break, despite its flaws, married live-action and video game well. And Sunset Overdrive brought the pleasure of Jet Set Radio to the HD-generation.


Therein lies the problem. Developed by Insomniac Games, it came out on the Xbox One back in 2014. As of August this year, Insomniac is, of course, part of PlayStation’s Worldwide Studios.

Which, technically means, Sunset Overdrive is a PlayStation game.

Now, of course, it isn’t quite that simple. Speaking with The Hollywood Reporter, Worldwide Studios chairman Shawn Layden had this to say;

“As far as the IP itself, we really haven’t turned over the files on that one to see what that actually means, to be honest.”

The IP in question was in direct reference to Sunset Overdrive itself. And whilst Layden tiptoed around the subject, he never actually said that Sunset Overdrive could find its way to the PlayStation one day.

The future for Sunset Overdrive is certainly a confusing one then. Ironically, when Insomniac first pitched the idea for Sunset Overdrive, PlayStation passed on the idea. Of course, Insomniac has always been synonymous with PlayStation, even back to their earliest games. Ratchet & Clank and the aforementioned Spider-Man games will always be attached with Sony’s console.

So, maybe, in another generation’s time, we’ll see a Sunset Overdrive PS5 port. Who knows? It’s unlikely PlayStation would appreciate showcasing a game that prominently features their chief rival’s branding. Added to that, there’s likely a huge amount of legal red-tape behind it all.

So, not only are exclusives dividing players, but they’re also apparently dividing developers and publishers too.

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