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Rumour: Evolution and Guerrilla to Debut PS4 Projects on 20th February

Posted by Sammy Barker

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You see that big rumour tag at the top of your screen? Colour it in with a shocking pink marker pen and set it on fire, because this is the very definition of a speculative piece. Still, we couldn’t resist sharing the latest gossip regarding Sony’s rapidly approaching 20th February press conference, and we think that you’ll appreciate the conjecture within.

Word has it that Evolution Studios is working on a new street racing game for the PlayStation 4. Many of you will recall the Runcorn-based developer hiring Ged Talbot, the lead designer behind Bizarre Creations’ Blur and Project Gotham Racing titles, adding credence to the reports. Apparently, he’s been joined by a slew of ex-Studio Liverpool employees to create what the team is describing internally as “Europe’s biggest racing game in a decade”.

According to the site STFUandPlay [we know – Ed], the developer had originally intended to brand the title with the Gran Turismo name, but Sony Japan wasn’t so keen on the idea. It makes sense considering the simulation series’ prestige, but could have done wonders for the game’s sales potential if true.

The publication adds that the game will debut alongside the PS4 on 20th February. It’ll be joined by a fellow SCEE project, in the shape of a “next gen shocker” from Guerrilla Games. The Dutch studio is rumoured to be working on a fantasy title, in addition to a new Killzone.

Of course, while the source is clearly not concrete, it’s also not out of the realm of possibility. We already know that Evolution and Guerrilla are working on next-generation projects, and both studios are renowned for pushing hardware. In short, they’d be the perfect first-party candidates to launch a new console.

Furthermore, to add some weight behind the report, Polygon writer Arthur Gies has taken to NeoGAF to confirm that the rumour tallies with chit-chat that he’s heard behind the scenes. Naturally, it’s still worth taking everything with a pinch of salt – but it’s hard not to get a little bit excited, isn’t it?


User Comments (13)



get2sammyb said:

@Savino Haha. I must admit, I was secretly hoping that Evolution was working on WaterStorm, but this does sound cool. (If real, of course.)



Savino said:

Waterstorm would be something great!
Can you imagine what they could do with some volumetric shaders!?

I know that this gen wont be te jump that it could be... But I am kind ready to ve astonished!



rjejr said:

If Sony is going to announce a new console then they should have some new games to show off at the event.

I'm only surprised that Micrsoft hasn't yet announced a news event for Feb. 19th





The rumoured spec's are more than respectable, even in PC terms they're decent. Strip away a leeching OS on non changing- single state platform and I think we'll all be pleasantly surprised with what the next gen consoles will be able to acheive.



Gamer83 said:

This is as hyped up as I've been for any kind of event from one of the big 3 since E3 2006. Feb. 20th can't get here quick enough for me.



InsertNameHere said:

I can't take this anymore, my excitement has reached unheard of levels. Evolution and Guerilla seemed poised to show what the PS4 can do right out of the gate, and I'm anxious to see the end result.

I'm also excited that the Liverpool employees are back to work again, they did an excellent job on Wipeout 2048, and I can't wait to see how they're going to top that.



hYdeks said:

Man, February 20th is gonna be an awesome day, but here's a question, all these are rumours right? Sooo, if none of this happens, isn't Feb.20th gonna be a huge upset, or what? In all honesty, what if they just show another thing for the ps3, a gamepad peripheral like the wii u has, wouldn't we all kinda be disappointed?



get2sammyb said:

@hydeks Well, it could happen, yes. And it would be disappointing, yes. But, personally, I think we're going to see the PS4 on 20th February. Whether these games are announced with it, we'll have to wait and see.



charlesnarles said:

At least by September, if not the 20th. I'd still be happy if all they did was unlock vita remote play or something, but I can't imagine this type of promo wouldn't be for ps4 (though they've not had a decent NA tv ad since that weird baby robot from '06)



hamispink said:

I'm also curious to see what Sucker Punch has been working on. Its been quite some time since festival of blood released, and they've been quiet ever since. I'm hoping that their next game will be unveiled at this event(and that it won't be an infamous game.)



hYdeks said:

@get2sammyb I think your right too, I think they will show us a glimpse of PlayStation 4 and give us a heads up on what their first party is bringing also, I just thought to myself it would really suck if it wasn't anything more than just a peripheral for your ps3, since me and everyone seemed hyped for it

@hamispink agreed, sucker punch is my favourite first party right next to Naughty Dog, I hope we see a new IP from them

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