Update: Once again, Gematsu has noticed that Soho Engine has now been trademarked by Sony in Japan. We're still none the wiser as to what this entails, although we're beginning to think it may be the name of a game rather than a piece of software.
Original Story: As first spotted by Gematsu, Sony registered a trademark for a mysterious Soho Engine in Europe last year, and it’s since followed that up with documentation in Switzerland and New Zealand. But just what is this referring to? It’s an interesting turn of events, to say the least.
Many of PlayStation’s first-party developers have their own, unnamed internal technology that they use to make games. In the case of Guerrilla Games, the Decima Engine used for Horizon Zero Dawn has been licensed out to external developers, like Kojima Productions, who famously leveraged the software for Death Stranding.
The name Soho Engine certainly rekindles memories of Team Soho, which was the former name of first-party developer London Studio. This group is perhaps best known for its work on The Getaway, before it was eventually fused with Psygnosis’ Camden Studio to create the developer we know today. It obviously went on to create the likes of EyePet and Blood & Truth.
We know that London Studio is working on a brand new, next-gen IP for the PlayStation 5, but we’ve no idea what it will entail yet. Could said title be powered by this so-called Soho Engine? The links are tenuous right now, but it’s possible. Could Sony be planning to license this technology out to other teams, perhaps?
We were lucky enough to visit London Studio a few years back, and it did seem like a relatively small group, so we’d be surprised if it had designed a full-scale game engine in the years since Blood & Truth released. Could Soho Engine, then, literally be the name of a new game? Honestly, we’re stumped when it comes to these trademarks – we’re going to have to wait and see on this front, we suppose.
[source twitter.com, via resetera.com]
Awww man, please be The Getaway! Please please please
Interesting 🤔 could be a new engine to power their new VR.
Small Office, Home Office.
It's an accounting engine... use the power of PS5 to manage all your household bills, no need for a separate laptop/PC.
Please bring back The Getaway but as a licensed Eastenders game, as it always should have been.
Will Mark Hammond be making a return someday?
Yup it'll be The Getaway for PSVR2. Guaranteed...
Oh no, what's happened to Soho?
Oh no, where will all the reprobates go?
[email protected] Sony London isn’t working on a vr game jobs listings say they working on a Aaa game with multiplayer.
Unreal 5 > whatever this is.
Eye Pet 2: An over the shoulder action adventure sequel, only on PlayStation 5.
Available on Game Pass for Windows.
@roe that is what I'm hoping too, really love the series on ps2
@nessisonett Give Phil Mitchell a stand
@nessisonett not overly keen on sitting in the caf and the launderette in activities. Telling people to 'geg out of my pub' may be cool though?
@roe Hi there friend.
That is what i´ve been wanting since Blood Monday.
Loved both games on PS2.
It would be awesome to see the series make a comeback.
Sony has way to many gems that are in need of returning in my oppinion.
Cheers, stay safe good people and happy gaming to us all
I loved The Getaway never played BM tho, if I remember right it didn't have the greatest reviews still might have to try it. The one of the things I didn't like about the first one was when you took a hostage....there was only one way of letting them go.... Man I felt bad lol.
Maybe it's not explicitly a game engine in the way Unreal is. Maybe it's an internal tool for something. Idk. Very up in the air.
It's the jet engine Sony took out of the PS5 which is missing from the PS4.
Great games hindered by poor controls.
Ah when Bus Route Number 38 still used the old Routemaster. Good times*.
*Personally though I feel more connected to the accordion buses.
@Chryssy75 Hi there friend.
Yeah, not the best controls, but still pretty great, especially during that time period of the PS2 era.
Besides from having to lean on the wall to recover from bullet wounds, everything else was pretty realistic in a way.
It was kinda awesome. Why I would love to see the IP coming back from the grave.
Cheers, stay safe and have a good one
Getaway is all I want man.
That was the one thing I was disappointed with, with the PS3 and SONY was them not doing the 'The Getaway 3' after them showing that London video Hopefully London Studios new game is The Getaway 3(Yes I'm dreaming)
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