Sony’s London studio is recruiting new talent to develop its next game, which it says will be an online PlayStation 5 exclusive.
According to a series of recent job postings from Sony’s London studio – which most recently released the VR exclusive Blood & Truth – the company is looking to assemble a fresh new team to develop an online PlayStation 5 game.
“We are building a team from the ground up for an upcoming online game for PlayStation 5,” the studio’s Twitter account said in a statement. “Newcomers come at the perfect time to help shape our plans for a project we’re extremely excited about!”
We’re building a team from the ground up for an upcoming online game for PlayStation 5 🙌🏽
It’s the perfect time for new starters to get involved in shaping our plans for a project we’re extremely excited about!
— PlayStation London Studio is hiring! (@LondonStudioHQ) January 26, 2022
Currently, the studio has kept details of the project top secret, although it noted in a separate tweet that it “can’t wait to show the world” what it has in store. As part of an advertisement for the lead character artist position on the team, the developer explains that an ideal candidate will help the studio “craft a wide range of characters, skins, creatures, weapons, and gear.” However, considering that this description could be applied to a wide variety of modern games, it offers little solid information.
While no other gameplay details are given, the post for the role offers a number of other clues as to the scope of the game. Elsewhere in the description, it is stated that the position offers a “unique opportunity to be at the center of the crafting and awakening of the next PlayStation icon(s)” and that the successful candidate will handle a range of AAA art content.
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Sony London’s previous projects have included PlayStation VR Worlds and Blood & Truth, two games developed for the PlayStation 4’s virtual reality headset. While many fans have been expecting Sony London to continue its journey working on Sony’s upcoming PSVR 2, this new project may not be developed with that in mind. Among the studio’s many new job ads, VR elements are not mentioned in any of them.
As Sony continues to recruit London for its next big venture, recent reports suggest that Firesprite – another of Sony’s UK studios known for creating VR games – is also turning its back on the virtual reality scene. Following reports that developer Lucid Games is no longer working on Sony’s rumored Twisted Metal reboot, it has been suggested that development of the auto battle series will be handled by the Liverpool-based studio.
For more from Sony, check out this article, which details how the company’s upcoming PSVR 2 compares to other headsets.
Jared Moore is a freelance writer for IGN. you can follow him Twitter.