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News video games 13 May 2024, 02:45

author: Maciej Gaffke

Sony Reportedly Establishes New Studio. Its Core Is to Be Made up of Members of the Team That Was Terminated Just 2 Months Earlier

Sony is believed to have set up a new studio staffed by laid-off employees from Deviation Games, which closed in March.

Source: Sony Interactive Entertainment.

In early March of this year, Sony ended its partnership with Deviation Games, leading to its closure and causing many developers to lose their jobs. However, according to the latest reports, a new company has been formed on behalf of this Japanese corporation, and former employees of the terminated company have just found employment there.

This was suggested on LinkedIn by former Deviation Games developer, Michael Anthony. In his post, he wrote that many former employees of Deviation Games have founded a new studio, which has become part of Sony and is currently focused on developing an unannounced title.

I hear that a lot of previous Deviation Games employees have setup their own studio at Sony working on an undisclosed new IP. All the people I see working there that have signed up are top class developers and hope that you can create a top class new IP [...] -- wrote Michael Anthony.

Interestingly, Jason Blundell - co-creator of Call of Duty games and one of the founders of Deviation Games, who left the company in September 2022 - may play an important role in this new studio. The initials in the final sentence of Anthony's post likely refer to him: "Go go JB and do what you do best."

Let's remind you that in December 2023, there were posts on the internet about Blundell's significant role at Sony, despite his departure from Deviation Games. So, it's possible to suspect that this new studio started to take shape several months ago, and then people who were let go from the company that shut down in March joined it.

Staying on topic, it's worth reminding about the recent decisions of Microsoft. The Redmond giant decided to shut down, among others, Arkane Austin (devs of, among others, Redfall) and Tango Gameworks (Hi-Fi Rush), for which it received heavy criticism from gamers.

Maciej Gaffke

Maciej Gaffke

At, deals with writing news. Graduated in Polish philology and sightseeing and historical tourism at the University of Gdansk, which is related to his other "non-game" interests - history, books, and travel. As for video games themselves - once a fan of FPS, now converted to action-adventure games. Also interested in fighting games (especially Mortal Kombat), RPGs, and all titles focused on single-player. From time to time, likes to play tennis, volleyball, or football. Proud resident of Pomerania and Puck.