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PlayStation Studios confirms cancellation of unannounced games

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After announcing plans to lay off 900 employees, Sony revealed more information about the revamp. According to the manufacturer, several unannounced PlayStation Studios projects will be cancelled, even though they are in “various stages of development”.

The statement issued by the head of the games division, Hermen Hulst (via VGC), reveals that the decision aims to deliver to players “what they expect from us”. As the department had invested a lot in “new technologies and partnerships” in recent years, some sacrifices were necessary.

We looked at our studios and our portfolio, evaluating projects in various stages of development, and decided that some of them will not move forward. I want to be clear that the decision to pause work does not reflect the talent or passion of the team members.

Our philosophy has always been to enable creative experimentation. Sometimes great ideas don't turn into great games. Sometimes a project is started with the best intentions before changes in the market or industry result in changes in plan.

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The executive is “deeply saddened” to announce the terms of the redesign and the layoffs, but believes this is the right path to offering “the highest quality gaming experiences”. However, starting this year, Sony will test a new approach for consoles, PC and mobile.

The PS5 is in its fourth year and we are at a stage where we need to take a step back and look at what our business needs. At the same time, the industry has experienced continuous and fundamental changes that affect the way we create and play.

Delivering the immersive stories and narratives that PlayStation Studios is known for, at the level of quality we aspire to, requires a reassessment of how we operate.

There were no further details about the canceled games, but everything indicates that one of them is the multiplayer from PlayStation London Studio. Among all companies in the games division, it was the most affected by the strategic decision, having its activities officially closed.

Teams from Firesprite, Guerrilla Games, Naughty Dog and Insomniac also had their contracts terminated. It's unclear whether any projects in the works at the studios are part of the “multiple” cancellations.

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