Resistance 3's creative director Marcus Smith says the next installment of the sci-fi shooter series could be handed off to another studio as they are currently focused on branching out to other projects.

"I think Insomniac has always branched out," Smith said in an interview with Gaming Union. "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."

He continued: "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.

Smith also refered two Resistance spin-offs that have been handed to other developers, the previous Resistance Retribution by Sony Bend, and the upcoming Resistance: Burning Skies for PlayStation Vita by Nihilistic Software.

"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 caliber 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."

Resistance 3 will be out on September 6, 2011. Insomiac is currently working on Ratchet & Clank: All 4 One and its first multiplatform game, Overstrike.