Sony is building a new development studio to work with Naughty Dog on a major PlayStation game.
As spotted by VGC, a job listing shows the new team being created in conjunction with PlayStation Studios Visual Arts, a developer who previously helped with PlayStation motion capture, cutscenes, animation, and more. in several franchises, including Uncharted and The Last of Us. This new developer will then work with Naughty Dog to create a PlayStation game.
“This high profile project is being developed in conjunction with Naughty Dog,” the job listing reads. “Although currently unannounced, we have a clear vision and release plan. Using our existing expertise and top talent, we will ensure a high visual quality bar for the game and a compelling experience for our players.”
While Sony doesn’t explicitly say the new game will be a AAA production, it does require that the applicant be “proficient in all aspects of AAA game production and management” and have published at least two AAA games in the past.
While nothing is confirmed, hints of PSS Visual Arts becoming a developer of its own projects (instead of supporting others) have popped up over the past few years. A 2020 job ad showed the company was hiring for a 3rd person action/adventure game with melee and ranged combat.
That description would seem to fit an Uncharted game, tying nicely into the Naughty Dog collaboration, and the studio’s creative director Shaun Escayg said earlier this year that it’s a world “that we want to see more of”.
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Again, nothing is official, so we’ll just have to wait for Sony to make an official announcement regarding the new studio and its game.
Uncharted has been dormant since 2017’s The Lost Legacy, which was a DLC-turned-spinoff of the last mainline release, 2016’s Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End, which concluded protagonist Nathan Drake’s story.
Ryan Dinsdale is an IGN freelancer. He’ll be talking about The Witcher all day.