Sony picks up a multiplayer game from Bungie veterans

Kris Holt
·Contributing Writer
·2 min read

Sony Interactive Entertainment (SIE) has picked up the rights to another upcoming game from a group of industry veterans. It'll publish the first game from Firewalk Studios, whose founders previously worked on Destiny.

"For our team, the opportunity to create new worlds and inspire more amazing moments for players around the world is the fire and ambition that keeps us going," Firewalk studio head Tony Hsu wrote in a PlayStation Blog post. "The PlayStation team has a deep love and respect for the medium of games, and some of the best expertise and capabilities in the world to help make big ambitions a reality."

There aren't many details available about the game just yet, but it will be an original multiplayer title. Hsu didn't mention in his post where or when you'll be able to play it, but GamesIndustry.biz reported the game will be a PlayStation 5 console exclusive.

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Firewalk is under the umbrella of ProbablyMonsters, which "builds sustainable game studios through a people-first culture." The studio was formed in 2018 and is led by Hsu, who was general manager and senior vice president of Destiny at Activision; game director Ryan Elli, a former Bungie creative director; and executive producer Elena Siegman, who worked as a producer on Guitar Hero II and Bioshock Infinite as well as Destiny. Other team members have worked on the likes of Call of Duty, Apex Legends, Mass Effect and Halo.

Last month, Sony signed a deal with Haven, a new studio led by veteran Assassin's Creed producer and ex-Stadia Games and Entertainment head Jade Raymond for an unannounced game.

SIE CEO Jim Ryan said in an interview today with Nikkei (via Video Games Chronicle) that the company has been "quietly but steadily investing in high-quality games for PlayStation, and we will make sure that the PS5 generation will have more dedicated software than ever before." The deals with Firewalk and Haven seem to align with that strategy, and Ryan implied that SIE has other agreements in the works. Ryan also noted SIE hasn't ruled out buying more studios outright to join outfits like Insomniac and Naughty Dog at PlayStation Studios.