This is probably a first for any console generation where there aren’t many console moving titles at launch. There’s an assortment of cross-gen titles on both platforms, but that’s about it. Sony and Microsoft realize this well, and they have steadily acquired quite a few other Studios to make new IPs. Sony just announced a new partnership with Firewalk Studios for a new Multiplayer IP.
Firewalk is a new studio that focuses on Multiplayer games. Being a new studio, they don’t have any games to show for yet, but industry veteran Tony Hsu is at the helm. He has served the role of CFO at Activision and was also involved in Destiny. Then there are others like Ryan Ellis and Elena Siegman, who previously have worked on big titles like Call of Duty: Black Ops and Bioshock Infinite.
We’re already hard at work on development and have been having a ton of fun playing our game as a team. In fact, while we continued to grow our team during this challenging last year, it was our daily online playtests that provided the most consistent point of joy and connection for our crew. The fun and laughter of playing together brought us closer, even if we were physically apart. Our goal is to be able to deliver that same joy to gamers and we can’t wait to share what we’ve been working on when the time is right.
The press release doesn’t give any details about the game itself, but the studio does reveal it is under active development. Sony doesn’t have a shortage of IPs to revive, so for them to enter a publishing deal with a new studio is somewhat telling of the game’s potential. Overall this is great news as PlayStation does lack strong Multiplayer IPs.