Firesprite is a big team of around 250 staff members working out of Liverpool, making it bigger than London Studio
and Media Molecule
— the other UK-based developers — combined. Many of the core team members
formerly worked out of Studio Liverpool, the talented Wipeout creators.
As a young team, formed in 2012, within a year Firesprite had helped PlaySation's Studio Japan — now Team Asobi
— put together The Playroom
, the pack-in PS4 title designed to show off the capability of the then-new hardware. The relationship was clearly a success, because the then small team helped with The Playroom VR
in 2016. In between all that, Firesprite managed to make endless runner Run Sackboy! Run!
for mobile, and later on Vita, in 2014.
VR became Firesprite's thing after Playroom VR, and they made Air Force Special Ops: Nightfall for PS VR in 2017. This was very much a VR experience, not a game, and all reports suggest that it was a great time: solid graphics, a fun military thrill ride, with the price of entrance being free. However, that was just a placeholder for The Persistence
in 2018 for PS VR, and the later release of The Persistance Enhanced
in 2020 that came without the need for VR. The team also helped work on Star Citizen's multiplayer modes
. Quite the collection of experiences!
The team are currently at work on PlayStation VR2 title Horizon Call of the Mountain
alongside Guerrilla Games
and have two rumoured further projects in development.