While we are still awaiting further information regarding Sony’s plans for the first year of its PlayStation 5 and PS5 Digital Edition, including release dates for games like Ratchet & Clank Rift Apart, Gran Turismo 7, Kena Bridge of Spirits, God of War Ragnarök and Horizon Forbidden West which are all five expected for this year 2021.
After revealing a release period for certain games in January during CES 2021, Sony did a little backpedaling by removing a few dates when posting this video to Sony’s official YouTube channel.
In the meantime, we learn that a lot of PlayStation’s First-Party studios appear to be working on big projects for the PS5 that have yet to be announced.
Santa Monica Studio (God of War) on a second game
The first PlayStation studio in action is Santa Monica Studio. The creators of God of War who are hard at work on Ragnarök, the new opus which should arrive on PS4 and PS5 in 2021 also seem to be developing another game in parallel. On Twitter, the studio posted an ad for an art director for “an unannounced game.”
🔥 HOT JOB: ART DIRECTOR 🔥
We are seeking an experienced Art Director for the development of a new unannounced title!
– Santa Monica Studio Is Hiring (@SonySantaMonica) January 19, 2021
Naughty Dog on at least two PS5 games
Following the creation of a second development team led by Vinit Agarwal and Richard Cambier, it looks like Naughty Dog is on the development of at least two PS5 projects (both unannounced). Neil Druckmann’s co-president has also announced that the teams are working on something “very cool”!
Come work with us! We’re making something very cool! 🤐 https://t.co/ZGU6W3cAKU
– Dr. Uckmann (@Neil_Druckmann) January 14, 2021
Sumo Digital on two games including an open world
Finally, we have the Sumo Digital studio (which is not a Sony First-Party) which is working on two games. At this time, it’s impossible to know whether the studio is developing games for the PS5 and / or the Xbox Series X given that Sumo Digital has worked on both Sony and Microsoft consoles in the past.
The first job posting is for an open-world triple A game that would be a continuation of an already existing license. The studio is therefore looking for a Senior Game Designer as well as specialists in the gameplay and the story of this well-known license. The second project concerns an online oriented third person shooter.
Sumo Digital, specifically the Sheffield location, is currently hiring for two unannounced projects. Going over the several available job listings some details can be gathered about both projects. One being an open-world AAA action title and the other a 3rd person MP shooter.
– MauroNL (@ MauroNL3) January 19, 2021
As a reminder, Sumo Digital was founded in 2003. The studio has been able to work on many projects in 18 years, such as opus from the Toca Race Driver series, many Sonic games, Forza Horizon or even LittleBigPlanet. The offer does not specify if the projects are PS5 exclusives, Xbox or cross-platform games.