Sony pulls Twisted Metal reboot in-house to PlayStation Studio — report [updated]

By Kes Eylers-Stephenson,
Update:
The new PS5 Twisted Metal reboot which was removed from the hands of Lucid Games by Sony has almost certainly been moved to development at PlayStation Studio Firesprite Games, according to PushSquare sources.

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The Liverpool-based developers were hiring for a "multiplayer title" last year, and it appears that Twisted Metal was the game in question. The massive Firesprite team of 250 employees is already working on Horizon Call of the Mountain for PS VR 2.

Apparently, the removal of the Twisted Metal project from Lucid was "was sudden and unexpected." Work will continue on Destruction: All-Stars while the soul-searching continues for Lucid.

Orginal Story:
Twisted Metal is getting a TV show and it has been long rumoured that a game is being released alongside it by Destruction: All-Stars developer Lucid. However, a new report indicated that Sony has moved the project to a new team.

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A 2023 Twisted Metal reboot has been on the rumour mill for a while, with the TV show led by Anthony Mackie also in the works. Apparently, Lucid Games were in charge of development while car-arena game Destruction: All-Stars was to be a test run. However, Andy Robinson of VGC is reporting that Liverpool-based Lucid is no longer in charge of the Twisted Metal reboot, according to his sources.

The report states that "Sony still intends to bring back the car combat series in time to coincide with an upcoming TV series in 2023, and early work has begun at the unnamed first-party studio." Lucid Games' Destruction: All-Stars was a poor performer both commercially and critically — even when given out as a PlayStation Plus game. This might have been a factor as to why Sony has moved the title out of Lucid and into one of its European PlayStation Studio teams.

The only European teams with this kind of talent are (arguably) Firesprite (former Wipeout developers reside there), a branch of Gran Turismo developers with Polyphony Digital in the Netherlands, London Studio who seem adept at most things, and — at a stretch — Housemarque with its arcadey roots. However, none seem like the perfect fit, really.

What do you think of this news? Have you got a perfect studio in mind? Let us know in the comments and we will see you there!
Kes Eylers-Stephenson
Written by Kes Eylers-Stephenson
Editor Kes is our resident expert in PlayStation and Sony news. He writes about PS5 exclusives like Horizon, The Last of Us, God of War, and Death Stranding 2 using experience from years of playing PlayStation games. He also covers PS Plus and trophy news, as well as his favorite games — The Witcher 3, Assassin’s Creed, and some indie gems — before an evening swim.
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