Sony Registers Trademark for Sunset Overdrive, Could Be Nothing, Unless…

The original game was published by Microsoft.

Since Sony acquired Insomniac Games in 2019, there’s been a question of what, if anything, was going to happen to Sunset Overdrive, the stylish action game the studio made with Microsoft in the early Xbox One era. The IP is technically owned by Insomniac, but that first game was published by the Xbox manufacturer. So there’s a lot of reason to believe the game would never make its way to PlayStation consoles. Well there’s a slight wrinkle in that now, as Sony has registered a trademark for Sunset Overdrive.

The trademark was registered on April 26, and is the first time the game has really been acknowledged by Sony since the acquisition two years ago. This could mean a few things: yes, Sunset Overdrive could be in the works to come to PlayStation in some capacity. Whether that be a PlayStation 5 remaster or perhaps a straight port to PlayStation 4. This could mean Sony is considering publishing a Sunset Overdrive sequel sometime in the future, and needed to have the paperwork in the right place. But it also could mean Sony is just getting its assets in a row, as the Insomniac acquisition would make the Sunset Overdrive IP fall under the company’s jurisdiction. Personally, I think that’s the most likely scenario we’re looking at here. Insomniac is working on a sequel to Marvel’s Spider-Man and Spider-Man: Miles Morales, and is launching Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart next month, so the studio has its hands full right now. Sony might be looking into an outside studio to make a new game in the series, but Insomniac has been notably set on owning and working on its own IP over the years.

In other news:

Based on some reports coming out of Sony, it would be kind of surprising if the company is looking into reviving Sunset Overdrive. A recent story for Bloomberg has painted the company as risk-averse, and mainly looking to play to hits with things like a Last of Us remake. Plus I’m gonna feel some type of way if Sunset Overdrive makes a reappearance when Sly Cooper is in a state of limbo after the last game’s cliffhanger. Shut up. Don’t look at me.