Though one quick note — we’re specifically discussing internal, first-party owned studios. So no third-party exclusive or second-party games will be included.
State of PlayStation First-Party Studios
Last release: After years of teases, Bend Studio finally released its post-apocalyptic thriller and motorbike simulator Days Gone. Set in the Pacific Northwest, Bend’s open-world adventures introduced us to Freaker hordes, Boozeman, and Deacon St. John, while also — SPOILERS — possibly tying in a beloved Bend franchise into its world.
Currently working on/next project: Days Gone… still. Bend has actually done a great job of post-launch support for Days Gone, from performance patches to free weekly challenges, and even wackier DLC options like a Death Stranding-themed bike.
Last release: Horizon Zero Dawn, the 2017 hit that introduced PlayStation 4 owners to a world of fascinating robotic beasts to fight in an intriguing world. Guerrilla released a big expansion to Horizon, The Frozen Wilds, later that year.
Currently working on/next project: While the studio had been primarily known as the house of Killzone, Guerrilla’s success with Horizon has primed them to continue the franchise. Sony hasn’t properly confirmed a sequel just yet, but given the millions of copies sold, it feels more like a “when” than an “if.” It is worth noting that Guerrilla’s former head, Hermen Hulst, is now the new head of Sony Worldwide Studios.
Last release: Well, technically as a first-party studio, there was no last release! Sony officially brought longtime partner Insomniac Games into the fold as a proper first-party studio earlier in 2019, following the huge success of PS4 exclusive Marvel’s Spider-Man. Sony and Insomniac have long worked together, even as Insomniac remained independent. But the studio has been responsible for many beloved Spyro and Ratchet & Clank PlayStation exclusives throughout the years.
Currently working on/next project: We don’t know! Insomniac hasn’t officially announced a new game as part of Sony’s first-party stable. Common wisdom suggests a Spider-Man sequel is an inevitability, and many, myself included, wouldn’t mind seeing another Ratchet & Clank as well after the impressive 2016 reboot-remake.
Last release: Sony’s Japan Studio has been quite prolific, either developing or co-developing plenty of games in just the life of PS4 alone. From work on Knack to The Last Guardian to PSVR breakout Astro Bot Rescue Mission to most recently co-developing Everybody’s Golf, Japan Studio has been involved in a lot of major Sony first-party titles.
Currently working on/next project: We don’t know too much about what the studio has coming up next, but I’d expect it to be nothing short of a varied mix of PS4, PS5, and PSVR games to come. We do know Japan Studio’s Astro Bot was demoed during a PS5 briefing to Wired, which likely means at least that team within the studio is experimenting with the next-gen hardware.
Last release: London Studio has contributed both the PS4 release SingStar Celebration and the PSVR title PlayStation VR Worlds to Sony’s current-gen output, and most recently released the pretty great PSVR action-adventure Blood & Truth.
Currently working on/next project: London Studio has continued to support Blood & Truth with post-launch content updates. We don’t know what London Studio is working on afterward, but given the strong reception and Sony’s commitment to PSVR, I’d expect more VR outings from the studio.
Sony started Manchester Studio in 2015, formerly under the name North West Studio, for PSVR development. However, we haven’t quite seen a proper release from them just yet. But with PSVR continuing to be a big push for Sony, hopefully we’ll see what this studio’s up to soon.
Last release: After pioneering the LittleBigPlanet franchise on PS3, Media Molecule delivered Tearaway for the PlayStation Vita (which got a port to the PS4 in 2015) and most recently released Dreams in Early Access for PS4.
Currently working on/next project: More Dreams! Media Molecule’s creation suite has allowed players to turn out a continuous stream of impressive games, music videos, and short films, with players letting their ingenuity run wild with the tool set. Media Moelcule has continued to adjust Dreams in its early access form, and with a planned full release on February 14, 2020, we’re quite excited to see what players continue to build.
Last release: During the life of the PS4, Naughty Dog has worked on a port of The Last of Us, Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End, and Uncharted: The Lost Legacy, the last of which released in 2017.
Currently working on/next project: There is a good chance you’ve heard The Last of Us Part II is in development. After its unexpected announcement at PSX 2017, Sony has intermittently shown off the highly anticipated sequel, including most recently our first chance to go hands-on with The Last of Us Part 2. And thankfully, we now have a release date, May 29, which was a slight delay from the previously announced February 20, 2020 release.
Last release: Concrete Genie, the beautiful action-adventure game that gives players the power of a magical paintbrush. Originally scheduled for a spring 2019 launch, Concrete Genie has been pushed to this fall, but along with that delay came the announcement of a PSVR mode to accompany the main campaign.
Currently working on/next project: We don’t know! Pixelopus is definitely one of Sony’s smallest internal studios, but Concrete Genie showcased big creative ambitions, a knack for some charming art and storytelling, and a unique gameplay idea that still felt of apiece with Sony’s bigger games.
Last release: The Sony studio produced Gran Turismo Sport this generation, and has been busy providing content updates and patches to the game since its launch in 2017.
Currently working on/next project: For now, Polyphony remains hard at work on GT Sport updates, but it’s a safe bet that, whenever the studio announces a new game, “Gran Turismo” will likely be in the title.
San Diego Studio
Last release: San Diego just released MLB: The Show 19, its annual baseball hit.
Currently working on/next project: MLB: The Show 20 is, unsurprisingly, on the way next. Though the biggest development for San Diego Studio is the announcement that future MLB: The Show installments, as early as 2021, could come to non-PlayStation home consoles.
Sony Santa Monica
Last release: God of War, IGN’s Best Game of 2018 and a huge evolution of the long-running Sony franchise.
Currently working on/next project: Nothing has been announced at this time, though given the many, many game of the year awards God of War won, expectations are for some sort of God of War sequel. And while we’ve talked in generalities about the studio’s work on God of War and what’s ahead with the game’s director Cory Barlog, whether it’s a sequel or an entirely new project, we’re eagerly anticipating what comes next.
Last release: Sucker Punch made the transition to the PS4 with its super- or anti-hero franchise Infamous. Infamous: Second Son and its expansion Infamous: First Light, both came out early on in the PS4’s lifecycle.
Currently working on/next project: Sucker Punch revealed its new project, a brand new franchise, at Paris Games Week 2017. Ghost of Tsushima is set to explore feudal Japan in a realized world, and we just got our first look at it in a long while at The Game Awards. Thankfully, we won’t have to wait too long for it, as Ghost of Tsushima is planned for a summer 2020 release.
One More Thing
We don’t have the full details just yet, but another team within Sony’s first-party stable is assembling. Older rumors suggested that the new team is working in partnership with Naughty Dog to continue the Uncharted franchise, but as of right now that’s just speculation Sony has yet to confirm.Of course, when we hear more about this studio or any of Sony’s other first-party teams, you can be sure to read and watch about it on IGN. And of course, for everything big happening in the world of PlayStation, be sure to check out our weekly PlayStation show, Beyond!, for more insight.
Jonathon Dornbush is IGn’s News editor and host of Beyond! Talk to him on Twitter @jmdornbush.
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