Sony reportedly forms secret team after failed live-service PS5 game

PlayStation Studios' new team is seemingly a secret start-up with a familiar face behind it, one behind a failed live-service PS5 game made by Devation Games.

Sony reportedly forms secret team after failed live-service PS5 game
Kes Eylers-Stephenson

Kes Eylers-Stephenson

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Well, this is an interesting development for PlayStation Studios. It looks like there is a secret developer among Sony's in-house developers forming PlayStation Studios' new team that is full of talent that once worked on a failed live-service PS5 game.

PlayStation Studios seems to try again after Deviation Games failure

You may remember one of the oddest PlayStation announcements ever: Deviation Games and PlayStation teamed up. Led by former Call of Duty developer Jason Blundell, Deviation Games was trying to make a AAA live-service name for PS5 that was going to be a new sci-fi shooter IP. That wasn't to be, however, as massive layoffs occurred and the team was eventually shuttered — something unknown went very wrong.
I think that a touch of background is vital for grounding the next part of the story. VGC has been digging on LinkedIn and found that former Deviation Games technical director Michael Anthony has been talking.

"I hear that a lot of previous Deviation Games employees have set up their own studio at Sony working on an undisclosed new IP," the post reads. "All the people I see working there that have signed up are top-class developers and hope that you can create a top-class new IP with your studio that hopefully gives you all the time you need to create a quality product and not have to deal with red tape from previous projects."

That would be interesting in and of itself, but combined with an X post from a former employee things are getting exciting. "I'm a Junior Game Designer [at] PlayStation Studios. And I work for Jason Blundell."
In the downfall of Deviation Games, the moment that Jason Blundell left the studio felt like the first domino that rocked the team and eventually led to the studio canceling it's PS5 sci-fi shooter. The fact that Sony seems to have re-hired Blundell, given him a growing team, and letting him work in secret suggests absolute confidence in Blundell.

It looks like Deviation Games — remember, Sony and PlayStation were just one of many investors in the team — fell because of 'red tape.' It could well be that Sony recognized whatever this issue was and pulled the plug, but loved the talent it saw on the team. In any case, I'm glad Bludell's secret studio seems to have the room to breathe as something entirely new, as a PlayStation Studio, will likely have plenty of support.

This is a strange old story and one we likely won't hear about again until the team has something to show — but I'm glad Blundell has a chance to try to make one of the best multiplayer games on PS5 (probably, that is his forte!). What do you think of this situation? Let us know in the comments!
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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