Sony’s not-so-secret secret San Diego studio (no, not San Diego Studio) seems to be arduous at work on “expand[ing]…existing franchises,” if a LinkedIn profile replace for former studio head and senior director of Visual Arts at PlayStation World Wide Studios, Michael Mumbauer, is to be believed. His profile consists of the next paragraph:
His newest achievement is having constructed a model new, all-star, AAA Action/Adventure growth workforce for Playstation[sic]. Based in San Diego and using proprietary engine expertise, this workforce was assembled to increase upon current franchises and craft all new tales for the following technology of avid gamers.
Here’s a screenshot of his profile in case it will get edited:
Looking deeper into Mumbauer’s historical past with Sony, he’s had half in lots of PlayStation’s most notable and beloved franchises, together with Uncharted, The Last of Us, God of War, Resistance, Killzone, and extra.
Rumors of the secret studio located in San Diego have been floating round for a few years. It is alleged to be staffed by former Naughty Dog and Rockstar devs who’ve moved over to help this workforce with its new mission, and most just lately, reports indicate that the still-unannounced and secretive studio is hard at work on whatever it is developing. Allegedly, that appears to be one thing that can increase on an current franchise. Also, it appears to be an motion/journey workforce, so don’t count on the return of FPS franchises like Killzone or Resistance, not less than by means of this secret Sony San Diego studio.
Sony’s growth of its inner groups to assist current franchises is not any shock. It regularly makes use of the work of its flagship studios to develop daring new tasks, whereas relegating continued assist of these tasks’ extra releases to assist studios, just like the newly opened team in Malaysia.
So whereas groups like Naughty Dog, Sony Santa Monica, Sucker Punch, Insomniac, Media Molecule, and extra buckle down and craft new experiences, we’re more and more seeing assist for older franchises turned over to different groups, similar to Media Molecule handing off the torch on LittleBigPlanet and Sackboy, or Sucker Punch sending Sly Cooper over to Sanzaru for the fourth title. Sony is aware of that followers are ravenous for extra of their favourite iconic franchises, however organising Naughty Dog to work on one other Uncharted after 4 mainline video games and a smaller offshoot title takes them away from creating all-new and daring experiences. An skilled assist studio can choose it up and run with it, whereas permitting the larger studios to craft new worlds.
What do you wish to see this secret San Diego studio working on bringing again? Do you suppose it’s extra Uncharted? Is Sony reaching additional again into its catalog of franchises? Let us know within the feedback.
[Via: The PlayStation Brahs]