Destruction All Stars developer Lucid Games is working on an “unannounced first-party flagship AAA IP for the PlayStation 5”. The game’s existence was revealed through a developer’s LinkedIn profile found by Twitter user Timur222. The discovery is currently fueling rumors that the developer is working on a turned metal revival.
The AAA IP was announced on the LinkedIn profile of Technical Game Designer Drew Williams-Rostron, who worked in that role at Lucid Games from August 2020 to October 2021. The unannounced first-party flagship AAA IP would line up nicely with the rumors that suggested the developer is reviving the turned metal franchisee. There hasn’t been a game in the franchise since the release of turned metal on PlayStation 3 in 2012. According to reports, the new game will be a free-to-play title that will be released in 2023 alongside the turned metal live-action series in production at Sony Pictures Television.
In the meantime, Lucid Games also continues to work on their free-to-play destruction derby game Destruction All Stars and they’re putting together another major update for January 2022. The update includes a redesign of the game’s main menu to focus more on party members and player skins. The HUD has also been updated, with some items removed and others enhanced to give a clearer picture of what’s happening in the game.
New visual effects are added to in-game actions such as double jumps and vehicle battles. However, the Wreckognition system is getting the biggest update of all. At this point, the Hero Vehicle and AllStar Breaker skills are passively charged during the game. After the January update, this is no longer the case. Instead, players must perform actions such as takeovers, dodges, and destroy opponents to actively charge both abilities. Lucid Games promises more details on this in the future.
When the match is over, the screens have also been given a facelift after the match. Earned XP is broken down so that players can easily see their strengths and weaknesses. In the next screen after the match, players can show off skins, avatars, banners and emotes. This screen also allows players to view the full match scoreboard, give players accolades, go to the main menu, or go straight back to matchmaking.
The update will be released on January 26. The current HotShots AllStar Pass also expires on that date. Since this is the update the team is targeting, they’ve also clarified that no festive seasonal content will be introduced this month, so you’ll need to get your snow, ice, and bright lights fixed elsewhere.