Part of today’s Summer Game Fest was the unveiling of a brand new studio, Deviation Games, formed by former Treyarch developers Dave Anthony and Jason Blundell. In addition, Deviation Games is working with PlayStation on a “groundbreaking AAA new IP,” with more details at a later date.
— PlayStation (@PlayStation) June 10, 2021
Head of PlayStation Studios, Hermen Hulst, also inaugurated the partnership between Deviation Games and PlayStation Studios.
Honored to announce that PlayStation Studios is partnering with Dave Anthony, Jason Blundell and their incredibly talented team @deviationgames on a groundbreaking AAA new IP
— Hermen Hulst (@hermenhulst) June 10, 2021
Anthony is the CEO of Deviation Games, while Blundell takes on the role of Chief Creative Officer. The studio is based on the ideals of deviating from the norms. They want to “make games exactly like that” [they] want to make them and exactly with you [they] wants to experience them.”
At the studio’s Summer Game Fest reveal, Blundell and Anthony talked about the process PlayStation is going through with its partners, giving them a better understanding of how PlayStation Studios continues to pump out hit after hit, winning prize after prize.
Friends for Life, Anthony and Blundell’s tenure at Treyarch, and within the gaming industry, is legendary. Anthony wrote and directed both Black Ops and Black Ops IIwhile Blundell once held the position of co-studio head and spearheaded every new iteration of the series’ Zombies mode.
Deviation is far from a small studio. They have acquired a talent pool of over 100 people and continue to hire.
‘I know what you’re thinking… What kind of game are we making? How long have we been doing it? Is the story based? Multiplayer? Cooperative? Or all of the above and more? When would be a good time?” Everything we know about their game so far is what they’ve said on the Summer Game Fest stage. “While I can confirm that development is already underway, it is very early for us to get into specifics. We draw on what we’ve learned in our collective decades making games, but we also want to create something new and packed with innovations like you’ve never experienced before.”
They have high ambitions for the upcoming AAA title, which is expected to “raise a few eyebrows”. Since one of the key words used for the Black Ops series has always been “mindfuckery,” Blundell and Anthony undoubtedly have some twisted ideas. They continued: “We plan to make a huge, content-rich game with a focus on lots of action and lots of energy, but let’s leave it at this for now and hopefully it won’t be long before we can share more.”
Deviation Games is the latest collaboration between PlayStation Studios and brand new studios to cultivate new IP. Jade Raymond’s new studio Haven, and Firewalk, a studio founded by veteran developers from Bungie, BioWare and more, are both teaming up with PlayStation Studios to bring exciting and new PlayStation exclusive titles.
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