PlayStation London Studio, the developer of Blood & Truth and The Getaway, has today announced it's making an online co-op game set in a fantasy-based version of London, England. While the project does not have an official name yet, the concept art above should give you an idea of what to expect. In a change of direction for the developer, the game won't utilise any peripherals or gimmicks; this is an out-and-out PS5 game built on the team's Soho Engine.
Speaking to GamesIndustry.biz, co-studio head Stuart Whyte revealed the team wanted to explore new avenues and tackle other challenges. "We definitely wanted to try something a little bit different, and I think this new project really channels our 'brave' value and allows us to push ourselves on the 'curious' front, too. It's an exciting future, it really is."
While the project is a more traditional PS5 title, PS London Studio will still try to innovate. "If you look at our heritage and the titles we've done, there are a lot of firsts in there. And that will continue." Sony is planning to put out 10 live service games between now and 2026, with London Studio's co-op undertaking being one of them. By 2025, Sony estimates more than half of its overall investment into PlayStation will be by way of live-service experiences.
The striking art style of PS London Studio's game may prove popular in the Games as a Service space, which came about after months of planning and idea sharing. "Our overarching theme is about bringing fantastical and magical elements and intersecting that with familiar worlds, and you don't get much more familiar to us than London." Some other live-service titles Sony has in the works are The Last of Us Multiplayer and a rumoured Twisted Metal project.