Sony Interactive Entertainment is going to publish a new AAA PlayStation console exclusive from Firewalk Studios, a company founded in 2018 by former Bungie veterans.
The original IP will be the first game from the Firewalk, which was established by studio head Tony Hsu (formerly GM and senior VP of Destiny at Activision), game director Ryan Ellis (previously creative director at Bungie) and executive producer Elena Siegman (previously of Bungie, Irrational Games and Harmonix).
Hsu wrote on the PlayStation Blog that the studio has “carefully assembled an amazing and diverse team of best-in-class talent” which also previously “helped bring to life franchises like Mass Effect and Apex Legends”.
No other information regarding Firewalk’s new IP was revealed.
In a Nikkei interview, SIE boss Jim Ryan said Sony has been “quietly but steadily” investing in first-party software and that the PS5 will have more exclusive games than any previous PlayStation console.
SIE announced back in March that it was funding an original IP from another AAA start-up studio, established by Jade Raymond. PlayStation Studios boss Herman Hulst told GamesIndustry.biz that he’s “very interested” in creating a diverse slate of games.
“But at the same time, we are just as committed to making these quality experiences as we are to experimentation and to coming up with fresh ideas.”
Hulst added: “The lovely folks that we are talking to today at Firewalk Studios, they’re story tellers just like the people at PlayStation Studios are. They are story tellers in a very innovative way. Matched with their deep experience as a collective in AAA multiplayer games, I think that is going to lead to some very interesting and very nice surprises for our fans.”