Sony’s latest PlayStation Studio addition, Firesprite, has begun recruiting for multiple projects, including collaborations, a story-adventure game, an action shooter, and a blockbuster action-adventure title. According to the latest XboxEra podcast (ironically, we know that), one of these projects also includes a VR game set in the Horizon universe.
The rumor comes from Xbox Era co-founder Nick Baker, who has learned from insider sources that the developer is working on a Horizon VR game for the PSVR 2 headset. Apparently the game will not be a VR version of Horizon Forbidden West or the previously notorious Horizon Zero Dawn VR title. He “wasn’t told if it’s a full game like” Half-life: Alyx, or if it is such an ‘experience’ Batman [Arkham] thing” either.
While this sounds great, it’s worth bearing in mind that Baker has a mixed track record when it comes to leaks and insider information. While rightly citing the existence of the Iki Island expansion for Ghost of Tsushima (although he called it a standalone game), he erroneously predicted the unveiling of a infamous title on last week’s PlayStation Showcase. Other rumors that have yet to be proven include the delayed announcement of Sony’s acquisition of Bluepoint Games and the development of a Legacy of Kain: Soul Reaver remaster.
What is certainly true is that Firesprite recruits for over 40 positions in multiple projects. These include working with Cloud Imperium Games on Star Citizen: Theaters of War and with “a respected client to expand the live ops pipeline of their already established” [open world] title.” However, the developer also has several new IPs in development. One is a “blockbuster” action-adventure title for which there were few details. Another is described as a “groundbreaking next-generation AAA-quality PvP shooter project with a focus on Games as a Service”. This is at an early stage of development and will be a multi-platform project.
The third and final project the team recruited for is an AAA “dark, story-driven, next-generation ‘Narrative Adventure’ with genre-defining goals.” This game is being developed in conjunction with another undisclosed company and they aim to “bring atmosphere, storytelling, player agency and storyline firmly into groundbreaking ground”. The game will feature 3D characters, a branching story, “a powerful storyline, strong character arcs, and compelling dialogue.”
At the time of the acquisition, PlayStation Studios head Hermen Hulst said Firesprite’s games “will be experiences you can expect to be very different from the teams you know at PlayStation Studios.” Whatever the team produces, we’ll have to wait for further details.