Sony Is Looking To Expand Existing Franchises Through San Diego Studio

Published 01/20/2021, 11:53 AM EST


Sony’s apparently ‘secret’ San Diego studio seems to be working on pre-existing franchises. In fact, from the looks of the former Sony studio head’s LinkedIn profile, the studio is expanding on the company’s existing IPs. Further, his profile reveals that he is working on a AAA action-adventure team.

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Michael Mumbauer’s profile reads as follows.

“His latest achievement is having built a brand new, all-star, AAA Action/Adventure development team for Playstation. Based in San Diego and utilizing proprietary engine technology, this team was assembled to expand upon existing franchises and craft all-new stories for the next generation of gamers.”

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It is safe to assume that this action-adventure team may have some relation to the Uncharted franchise. However, we must confirm that this is still speculation.

Sony however has not revealed the studio as a first party developer

Sony is yet to reveal this ‘secret’ San Diego studio as a first-party developer. However, we may have gotten a hint of this back in 2018, when Fiona Cherbak, Sony’s former Talent Acquisition Lead, had put out a tweet saying that the Visual Arts department of Sony was looking for a gameplay animator.

According to speculations, Sony is currently working on older franchises, such as Uncharted and a few others. Additionally, the Uncharted movie is also in production, starring Tom Holland.

In fact, it is interesting to note that the San Diego studio is not the only Sony studio working on older franchises. Even the Santa Monica studio is currently working on God of War: Ragnarok. According to plan, the game will release in September 2021.

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2021 will be a rather exciting year for PlayStation, with a number of PS5 exclusive titles lined up for release this year. A few of them are as follows.

  • Hitman 3 – January 2021
  • Kena: Bridge of Spirits – March 2021
  • Solar Ash – June 2021
  • Little Devil Inside – July 2021
  • GhostWire: Tokyo – October 2021

Sony also has other titles such as Project Athia, Returnal, and Stray lined up for release this year.

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Which title are you most excited for this year? Let us know in the comments section.

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Riddhima Pal is an eSports editor at EssentiallySports. Currently pursuing a Master's degree in English, she has been professionally writing since 2016 and decided to explore the field of eSports journalism in 2020. Riddhima played several titles during her childhood like GTA Vice City and FIFA.

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