The newest Sony Interactive Entertainment acquisition might bring in several projects.
Firesprite is looking for many new employees for projects that will co-developments with other teams. They are working on a narrative adventure game, an action shooter, and a “blockbuster” action-adventure title. According to the latest XboxEra podcast, one of them might be a VR title set in the Horizon universe. The rumour comes from Nick Baker, the co-founder of the podcast. He heard from insider sources that the studio is preparing something for the PlayStation VR 2.
It’s not going to be a VR port for nor Horizon Zero Dawn, neither for Horizon Forbidden West, and he also “didn’t get told if it’s a full-blown game like Half-Life: Alyx, or if it’s an ‘experience’ like that Batman [Arkham] thing” either. We can take it with a grain of salt, though. While Baker was right about the Iki Island in Ghost of Tsushima, unlike his rumours, it did not come as a standalone game, and he also didn’t get the InFamous announcement right. We also have yet to see if Sony Interactive Entertainment acquired Bluepoint Games and if there’s indeed a Legacy of Kain: Soul Reaver remaster in development.
Still, Firesprite is recruiting for more than 40 positions. Some openings would allow the new team member to work 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.” The studio also has multiple new IPs in development. One of them is an AAA “ground-breaking next generation PvP shooter project with a Games as a Service focus,” which is in the early stages of development and will be a multi-platform project.
Another project is an AAA “dark, story-driven next-generation ‘Narrative Adventure’ with genre-defining goals,” in development in collaboration with another undisclosed company. They’re looking to take “atmosphere, storytelling, player agency and narrative firmly into the ground-breaking territory.” It will feature 3D characters, a branching narrative, “a powerful storyline, strong character arcs, and compelling dialogue.”
When Sony announced the acquisition, Hermen Hulst, the head of PlayStation Studios, said Firesprite’s games would be “experiences that you can expect will be quite different from the teams that you are familiar with at PlayStation Studios.” We’ll have to wait until we hear about them.