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North West Studio (England, VR, probably UE4) - Sony's new 1st Party Studio

John Bender

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Looks like it's a new 1st Party Studio and it's for VR games.

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1. Update

Sony Confirms New UK Studio Working on "High Quality Morpheus Games"
North West Studio to incorporate staff from Driveclub dev Evolution.


Sony has established a new UK studio to focus on development for its upcoming PlayStation 4 virtual reality headset Project Morpheus, the corporation has confirmed to GameSpot.

A number of job postings for what Sony is calling its North West Studio appeared on the Sony Computer Entertainment careers page on Tuesday. The corporation has since explained to GameSpot that the team will include staff from Motorstorm and Driveclub developer Evolution Studios, who will work on "high quality experiences" for the VR headset.

"We are dedicated to producing high quality experiences for Project Morpheus, and the creation of this studio allows us to build a small but highly experienced team who can utilise their skills to showcase this exciting new immersive technology," said a Sony spokesperson.

"We always look to relocate staff throughout the studios, and this is no exception. The new team will be made up of a combination of Evolution staff members and new talent, with a focus on hiring the most highly experienced team possible."

Evolution Studios was previously working on a prototype version of Driveclub for Project Morpheus, which would put players in cockpit view. According to Shuhei Yoshida, PlayStation's president of worldwide studios, the project was halted because it was "kind of difficult and sickening."

In March, Evolution Studios suffered layoffs, amidst assurances from Sony that the studio would provide ongoing support for Driveclub.
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B-but they told me Sony has no 1st party games!
don't see how that's relevant or contributes to conversation

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Glad to see Sony focusing on VR with an entire studio. For it to become anything close to the phenomena motion gaming was, it has to have a nice push from large studios behind it. Valve and Sony are doing a great job.
 

RoboPlato

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Cool that this is a separate studio now. They've said Sony UK teams have been experimenting with VR quite a bit in London. They must have broken it off into it's own thing.
 

Bessy67

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Smart that they're making new studios to focus on VR rather than putting all their existing 1st party on it.
 

Diablo Rosso

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Would not surprise me if this is where Studio Liverpool used to be. I think the XDEV studio is still in that building IIRC.
 

ForsakenLotus

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Glad to see Sony might be talking Morpheus seriously. I know VR is risky even with strong support and good hardware, but if it doesn't get really good software support it's likely doomed regardless.
 

libregkd

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huh, that's two new studios in 2 years. Cool that they are setting up a studio to actually focus on VR output though.
 

DieH@rd

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That sound nausea inducing.
Sign me up!
Strangely it is not. VR experiences that convey fast FORWARD motion are almost always regarded as very good. Our brain apparently is very much used for that kind of motion, so it accepts those games easily [fast runners, F-Zero clones, rolercoaster rides and similar VR experiments].

But strafing in VR... That can easily be nausea inducing. :D
 

Josman

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I honestly hope they go all out on VR, no offense to those that don't want it. Naught Dog making an Uncharted like game for Morpehus would be incredibly immersing.
 

MavFan619

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don't see how that's relevant or contributes to conversation

anyways

Glad to see Sony focusing on VR with an entire studio. For it to become anything close to the phenomena motion gaming was, it has to have a nice push from large studios behind it. Valve and Sony are doing a great job.
I agree it's even more encouraging that they would go all in with a dedicated new studio.