Haven Studios lead Jade Raymond has said the developer's debut game under Sony will be "something innovative that people will be excited to play", and becoming part of PlayStation Studios has allowed the team to realize its ambitions. The comments come as part of what is essentially a puff piece on the SIE website, which is treated as a quickfire Q&A with Raymond.
Internally, the 100+ employees that now make up Haven Studios are playing the currently unannounced game every day, which is one of the many live-service titles Sony has in production for PS5. Raymond points out the team has recruited "exceptional cloud engineers" since much of the remote work being put into this new IP is using the sphere. One other key detail is the game will utilise Unreal Engine 5.
"I’m happy to share that the game is already fun! We play every day and that keeps us inspired to push further. Our current project will be Haven’s first game and our first new IP for PlayStation," Raymond explained. "We want to deliver the very best game we possibly can. The bar is high, but we have a great team and believe we can create something innovative that people will be excited to play."
It seems unlikely the project will be officially unveiled any time soon, but what sort of game do you hope Haven Studios is working on? While live service aspects seem to be locked in, what genre do you predict the title will fall in? Post your predictions in the comments below.
Very curious to see what kind of game this is, I think I read somewhere that it's not a shooter. Curious to see what all of the 1st party is working on hopefully we get an event soon
I hope it's something that's much more akin to a positive social experience than a violent PVP game. I'll take anything that isn't the usual hero shooter/looter shooter/battle royale stuff.
@RBMango The battle royale trend is a fairly horrifying concept when you realise that kids as young as 6 are playing them. Basically Darwinian survival-of-the-fittest gone mad. One winner, screw over everybody else at all costs. Fortnite is capitalism: the game in so many ways. It would be nice for another game like Minecraft to take off, that can be enjoyed by all ages and skill levels while facilitating positive social interactions.
@RBMango and hopefully it doesn't look like Fortnite
It's ambition will be to make the most profit possible which will mean micro transactions galore lol
Have any games that use Unreal Engine 5 come out yet?
I'm hoping this turns out to be good..i have high hopes that something positive will happen..
@ScepticDK wow you really dont like jade do you?
@ScepticDK who cares anyway. as long as the game turns out to be good, i couldnt care less over who gets the credit
Why do developers like to hype up their games without even showing a single thing from it ??
History shows hyping up games like this means that the final product is mediocre at best
all we can do is hope for the best. dont buy digital games and dont buy games at full price. if you ever feel like playstation is not worth it anymore, it'll be easier to switch platforms
@nessisonett Minecraft is the most played game in the world. Fortnite is fourth.
@ScepticDK i'm sure you have somebody better in mind? Was there somebody else who sony could have taken on? I dont think sony would have hired her without good reason and i'm certain that all the assassins creed franchise fanbase would disagree with you about her creative vision..i hope whatever she has in the pipeline is damn good just to shut the nay sayers up...
@ScepticDK I love TLOU so disagree with you on that one but dropping Days Gone was a crazy move by Sony. Such potential for that universe. I loved it and will play it again on my PS5 sometime
There sure is allot of talking coming from her studio without anything to show and probably will be a few years before there's anything worth showing.
@nessisonett "Horrifying" Wat 😂 I think spinning the effects of Battle Royale games into a form of negative social Darwinism is a bit of a reach, right? If you apply that here then you'd have to apply it to vast amounts of interactive entertainment and basically all solo sports accessable to kids - Battle Royale modes are not an outlier. The competitive-individualist nature of a sport or game does not make a negative social outcome a certainty in an individual, whatever age they are. You do need proper parenting to make the context and goals understood though. Competitive sport is a really important social development tool to learn and tame early on. Plus a lot games with Battle Royale have popular team-based modes in which camaraderie and cooperation is crucial to succeed in them.
It's the money side of things where it gets proper dodgy for young kids. You can definitely attribute runaway business practices like loot boxes in Fortnite, Apex Legends, Overwatch etc. to the negative result of unregulated capitalism or rather, corporatism. It's disgusting, predatory stuff which completely messes with the development of impulse control. Especially insidious considering it's aimed at children. Best to confront the developers or publishers who are forcing the implementation of abhorrent, addiction-based additives along with those who refuse to regulate those practices - like here in the UK cough Nadine Dorries cough
I would love to see more cooperative and largely non-violent social games though 😁 games like Minecraft and The Tomorrow Children - they can all offer a feeling of community and belonging. However, no platform is immune to negative social interactions. Minecraft has plenty of toxicity in places just like every other social community. That's just an unavoidable part of human nature I guess. Best to try to regulate inside of those platforms. And some developers really need to do a better job with this! Hopefully Haven Studios takes all this in mind.
Edit: Sorry for all the words/ tl;dr lol
The fact it's potentially online or multiplayer has already killed my interest. I have no time for these type of games should it be the case?
@ScepticDK Days Gone was good but not incredible. At launch it had alot of technical issues which at one point made some parts very rough to play.
The atmosphere and world was great but it did not innovate. It took lots of other good ideas and made its own game based on those ideas. I did like Days Gone but the biggest issue was more bloody zombies. It's been done to death.
I would rather see a true new game based on The Order and it's characters and world.
The beauty of gaming is that one man's poison is anothers cure. It's subjective and this makes diverse opinions on games.
@ScepticDK I must admit I don’t really get the ‘hype’ around her.
@Northern_munkey To credit Jade as the sole vision on AC is stretching it - anyway it’s the game that killed my interest in open world games. Took Spider-Man, Ghosts, Horizon to rekindle interest again. Elden Ring then showed everyone how it should be done (not played Zelda BoW but I assume that also innovated the open world genre).
Anyway, I hope she does deliver something great and I have to eat my words.
Can't hear cloud engineering without getting Crackdown 3 vibes.
Other than MS Flight Sim are there ANY games that successfully use cloud tech in a meaningful way to change gameplay? Not something i've looked into.
(Obvs things like Fortnite, Genshin, utilise it for other uses)
@bighal @ScepticDK "Created by Patrice Désilets, Jade Raymond, and Corey May"..i never said she was the sole creator either and i have only copied in the relevant sentence as i'm sure you didnt need the whole paragraph..
GaaS degradates game by 80%
"We like our game" degradates game by 50%
...so it is not even announced and has score of -30%...
Looks like average free-to-play mobile game, that had no place in serious world of playstation gaming ...so it looks like Sony is hugely lowering it's standards, or it will be huge flop that backlash to Sony's face.
It's nice to hear about a new IP, now how long until we get to actually see it?
@ScepticDK Is Sony the problem or Jade? Since you seem to switch back and forth on the main problem. Maybe you outta re-read her "rats in the mazes" comment before straw-manning it to fit your narrative since she's only simplifying the original gameplay mechanic and not gamers themselves.
@ScepticDK and you know this for sure yes? Just seems like a lot of assumption on your part here..anyway better things to do than go round and round with you..have fun if you can..
According to this list, only Fortnite and the Matrix Awakens demo so far. Which makes since since the creators of UE5 are also Fortnite's developer.
In 2023 we'll be getting these games...
2023 Black Myth: Wukong
2023 Hell Is Us
2023 Off The Grid
2023 The Day Before
2023 Wronged Us
Still super skeptical of this. I want to give Jade the benefit of the doubt because she's still the heart of AC1, my favorite of the series, and the series tanked hard when she left. On the other hand, she doesn't really have much of a success rate outside of that and may have been a one hit wonder that people remain obsessively fascinated with. Like Rick Astley.
@nessisonett I never even thought of that, but you're right, that's horrifying. I've noticed and said for ages that the whole core of American society is purely survival of the fittest, and never even connected the entertainment aspect.
EA, Google and now SONY. Lets see if Jade Raymond actually makes something this time.
She just been making the equivalent of gaming "think tanks" with little to show when it comes to actual compelling final products.
Should have just given the money to Ember Lab
"Why have we not seen ANYTHING related to this game? The female version of Blueballs' (blue box?) Hasan."
a huge difference is , sony has seen what they are working on. and were impressed enough to buy the company 100%. you just sound like you hate this woman and the game could be great and you would still hate it.
@ScepticDK "Incredible Days Gone"? It was okay at best even for a heavily discounted game a couple of years after launch.
@ScepticDK The swarm part was what made the game okay for me. Every other aspect of Days Gone felt bland, boring & generic.
Though I wasn't a fan of TLOU2's story either, at least ND nailed the gameplay part & everything else. Definitely worth it's $60 price tag at launch.
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