It was revealed Tuesday that Sony has registered a trademark for Sunset Overdrive, the Xbox exclusive created by Insomniac Games. The documents filed U.S. Patent and Trademark Office were discovered by the notable gaming Twitter account Nibel.
These documents don't necessarily confirm anything, but it is something interesting to take note of. Sunset Overdrive was released as an exclusive for Xbox One back in 2014, before being ported to PC in 2018. Then, in 2019, Sony acquired Insomniac to develop first-party PlayStation games.
By filing the paperwork with the USPTO offices, this may demonstrate that Sony has an interest in Sunset Overdrive, and that may tie in with the game's director Drew Murray returning to Insomniac Games this year. Insomniac Games does own the IP to Sunset Overdrive, so a potential port or even a sequel wouldn't be out of the question, and would provide some much-needed variety to the game library on PS5.
This is primarily speculation, of course. Updating patents and filing trademarks are routine activities for publishers and game studios, so this might ultimately end up being nothing. Whatever happens with Sunset Overdrive and Insomniac Games going forward, it will be worth keeping this in mind.
Insomniac Games is currently working on Ratchet and Clank: Rift Apart, which is scheduled to be released on June 11, 2021 exclusively for PS5.