Jason Blundell Leads New Sony Studio with Former Deviation Games Developers

Former Deviation Games developers, led by Jason Blundell, have formed a new Sony studio to work on an unannounced PlayStation IP. The team, including key members from Deviation Games, is reportedly keeping a low profile to avoid pressure and scrutiny.

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Jason Blundell Leads New Sony Studio with Former Deviation Games Developers

Jason Blundell Leads New Sony Studio with Former Deviation Games Developers

A new Sony studio has been formed by former developers from the now-defunct Deviation Games, where they are working on an unannounced PlayStation IP. The studio is led by Jason Blundell, former Creative Director at Deviation Games, known for his work on the Call of Duty Zombies mode and key roles at Activision and Treyarch.

Other key team members include Fred Thompson, former Design Director at Deviation Games, who is working as a Principal Game Designer at Sony Interactive Entertainment on the unannounced project. Additional former Deviation Games developers, including a Junior Game Designer, have also joined the new studio.

Michael Anthony, former Technical Director at Deviation Games, shared his best wishes for his former colleagues on LinkedIn. "Hey, I hear that a lot of previous Deviation Games employees have setup their own studio at Sony working on an undisclosed new IP... All the people I see working there that have signed up are top-class developers and hope that you can create a top-class new IP with your studio that hopefully gives you all the time you need to create a quality product and not have to deal with red tape from previous projects," Anthony wrote. He specifically mentioned "JB" (Jason Blundell) and encouraged him to "go and do what they do best."

Deviation Games, an independent studio that had been working on a project with Sony, was shut down after the partnership ended. Some speculate that Sony may have suggested Deviation disband and reform as a new internal studio, allowing Sony to hire the talent without purchasing Deviation outright. Others believe Deviation may have failed to deliver on their project, leading to the shutdown, with Sony giving the team another chance under a new banner.

The new studio, likely continuing work on a first-person shooter given the team's background, is reportedly keeping a low profile to avoid pressure and scrutiny at this early stage. With the talent on board, expectations will be high for Blundell and his team to deliver a top-tier PlayStation exclusive that makes the most of their experience and Sony's resources.

Key Takeaways

  • Former Deviation Games devs form new Sony studio, led by Jason Blundell.
  • New studio working on unannounced PlayStation IP, likely a first-person shooter.
  • Key team members include Fred Thompson and Michael Anthony, with more devs joining.
  • Deviation Games shut down after partnership with Sony ended, reasons unclear.
  • New studio keeping low profile to avoid early pressure and scrutiny.