Sony is building a new development studio to work with Naughty Dog on a major PlayStation game.
As spotted by VGC, a job listing shows the new team is being created in collaboration with PlayStation Studios Visual Arts, a developer that previously assisted with PlayStation’s motion capture, cinematics, animation, and more across several franchises including Uncharted and The Last of Us. This new developer will then work with Naughty Dog to create a PlayStation game.
“This high visibility project is being developed in collaboration with Naughty Dog,” the job listing reads. “Though currently unannounced, we have a clear vision and plan to release. Using our existing expertise and premier talent, we will guarantee a high visual quality bar for the game and a compelling experience for our players.”
Though Sony doesn’t say explicitly that the new game will be a AAA production, it does request that the candidate is “proficient in all aspects of AAA game production and management” and has published at least two AAA games previously.
Though nothing is confirmed, hints towards PSS Visual Arts becoming a developer of its own projects (instead of supporting others) have appeared throughout the last few years. One job listing from 2020 showed the company was hiring for a 3rd person action/adventure game with melee and ranged combat.
This description would appear to match an Uncharted game, tying in nicely with the Naughty Dog collaboration, and the studio’s creative director Shaun Escayg said earlier this year that it’s a world “we want to see more of”.
Again, nothing is official, so we’ll just need to wait for Sony to make an official announcement regarding the new studio and its game.
Uncharted has been dormant since 2017’s The Lost Legacy, which was a DLC turned spin-off of the last mainline release, 2016’s Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End, which wrapped up the story of protagonist Nathan Drake.
Ryan Dinsdale is an IGN freelancer. He’ll talk about The Witcher all day.
Source: IGN Video Games All