Sony’s Firesprite takes over Twisted Metallic, as Motorstorm director is employed

PlayStation’s newly acquired Firesprite studio has taken over Lucid Video games’ unannounced Twisted Metallic reboot and poached its sport director, VGC understands.

VGC reported earlier this week that Destruction All Stars studio Lucid had ceased improvement on a reboot of the traditional automobile fight collection.

We now perceive that UK-based Firesprite – which was acquired by Sony final yr – is the developer which has taken over the Twisted Metallic challenge.

It’s unclear why Sony determined to maneuver the challenge to its new first-party studio, however it’s price noting that Lucid and Firesprite are positioned barely quarter-hour from one another in Liverpool, UK – and there’s now proof of employees transferring over.

As noticed by a Restera consumer, Matt Southern – the director of varied Motorstorm video games, plus the unique pitcher for Drive Membership – has this month left his function as sport director at Lucid to tackle the identical function at Firesprite.

It’s unclear if Southern was engaged on Lucid’s Twisted Metallic challenge or if he’ll be engaged on the franchise at his new employer. Firesprite has a number of tasks in manufacturing, together with the newly-announced PlayStation VR2 sport, Horizon Name of the Mountain.

Sony introduced in September 2020 that it had acquired Firesprite, a studio established in 2012 by former members of SIE Studio Liverpool, after it was closed down by the platform holder.

Previous to its acquisition, Firesprite had been recruiting for 2 titles: a multiplayer shooter and “a darkish, narrative journey with genre-defining targets”.

PlayStation Studios boss Hermen Hulst mentioned on the time of the Firesprite acquisition: “After quite a few years intently collaborating on a number of video games collectively, together with The Playroom (PS4) and The Playroom VR (PS VR), I couldn’t be extra delighted to welcome Firesprite to the PlayStation Studios household as our 14th studio.

“Firesprite is a artistic and bold studio that’s distinctive at constructing unbelievable experiences that really showcase the potential of our {hardware}.

“The group’s technical and artistic capabilities might be paramount to rising our stellar catalogue of unique video games, and I believe you’ll be excited for what’s to come back.”

Sony’s Firesprite takes over Twisted Metal, as Motorstorm director is hired
Sony talked about Twisted Metallic throughout its CES 2022 press convention.

It’s understood Sony intends to carry again the Twisted Metallic sport collection in time to coincide with an upcoming TV collection in 2023.

Whereas our sources didn’t present an evidence for the change of the sport’s developer, one individual steered the poor reception to Lucid’s PS5 title Destruction All-Stars might have contributed to the choice.

Sony expressed its dedication to the Twisted Metallic franchise earlier this month, when it reiterated on stage at CES 2022 {that a} TV collection is in improvement and displayed paintings on display.

The Twisted Metallic tv challenge was formally introduced in Could 2019 and is within the works at Sony’s PlayStation Productions film and TV studio.