Sony-Owned Studio Firesprite Moving To A Much Larger Office

As first reported by Video Games Chronicle, the Liverpool-based studio Firesprite is moving to a much larger office, likely indicating some form of expansion.

Firesprite are the developers behind The Persistence, a timed exclusive on PSVR, and The Playroom VR.  Almost a year ago, Sony acquired Firesprite and we later learned that the studio is developing Horizon: Call of the Mountain alongside Guerilla Games.

According to Invest Liverpool, Firesprite and Sony signed a 10-year lease on the new office, located in the Ropewalks district of Liverpool. The new office covers 50,000 square feet – a significant upgrade over the studio’s current office space, which covers just 2,519 square feet

Given the huge upgrade in space, this could signal that Firesprite is gearing up for expansion and potentially taking on more projects in the near future. Sony looks likely to launch PSVR 2 in 2023, and while we don’t have a confirmed release date for Horizon: Call of the Mountain, it could be a launch title.

Regardless of its final release date, Horizon is likely in the latter sections of development. We recently got our best look at the game yet, featuring a full story campaign and a separate river ride experience. With all that in mind, it will be interesting to see what direction Firesprite heads in after Horizon.

We now know that the headset will also be receiving VR support for Resident Evil 8, alongside ‘VR content’ for the upcoming Resident Evil 4 port, as well as a handful of multi-platform releases. You can read about every confirmed and rumored PSVR 2 title here.

Resident Evil 4 Remake announced at PlayStation State of Play event

The return of the hit zombie sequel topped the bill during online showcase, which also featured a new Final Fantasy 16 trailer

The long-awaited remake of acclaimed zombie adventure Resident Evil 4 was the highlight of Sony’s State of Play online showcase on Thursday evening.

The 2005 original marked a radical change in direction for the Resident Evil series, with a new focus on action and a refreshed ‘behind-the-shoulder’ camera view to replace the creaking third-person visuals. A story posted on Sony’s blog following the half-hour long event, promised that the remake would preserve the essence of the game while “re-imagining” the story, modernising the visuals and updating the controls. The teaser for the game also promised virtual reality content for the PlayStation VR headset. A release date of 24 March 2023, was given.

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Kuo: PlayStation VR2 Mass Production To Start H2 2022

A prominent supply chain analyst claims PSVR 2 mass production will begin in H2 2022.

Ming-Chi Kuo is a TF International Securities analyst mostly known for predicting Apple products & moves over a year in advance using his supply chain sources. In April he released a report detailing the apparent resolution and production target for Meta’s upcoming Project Cambria headset.

In a Tweet posted today Kuo claims “the assembler and several component providers” of PSVR 2 will start mass production in H2 2022 and ship 1.5 million units. Based on this, Kuo speculates Sony would be ready to launch in Q1 2023, assuming enough launch titles are available.

During a recent business briefing to investors Sony revealed PSVR 2 will launch with “20+ major first-party and third-party titles”. A “sneak peak” of at least some of these games will be shown in the State Of Play presentation next week.

Kuo isn’t the first analyst to suggest PSVR 2 won’t launch this year. Last month Ross Young, CEO of Display Supply Chain Consultants, Tweeted that both Apple and Sony’s VR products were delayed to 2023. Young told us Sony will only have a very limited supply by year’s end, so any serious launch would have to happen in 2023. In late February, YouTube channel PSVR Without Parole claimed to have sources for PSVR 2’s launch window being Q1 2023.

Sony hasn’t yet officially announced a release window for PSVR 2, but opened signups in February to be notified when preorders launch. As such, we can’t be sure whether there is truly a delay or if 2023 was Sony’s plan all along.

Sony to Give First “Sneak peek” of PSVR 2 Games Next Week

Sony today announced its next State of Play, the company’s ongoing presentation series where it highlights upcoming games. The company says viewers can expect a first “sneak peek” at PSVR 2 games during the event next week.

Sony has announced that its next State of Play event will be held on June 2nd at 3PM PT (your timezone here). The presentation will be broadcast on the official PlayStation channels on Twitch and YouTube.

During the event the company says viewers can expect “some exciting reveals from our third-party partners, plus a sneak peek at several games in development for PlayStation VR 2.”

While it sounds like only a small portion of the presentation will be focused on PSVR 2, it’s the first bit of information about PlayStation VR 2 games directly from Sony, outside the previous confirmation that a Horizon Zero Dawn VR game is in the works for the headset.

Given Sony’s curiously timed marketing of the headset thus far, it isn’t clear if we should expect to see mostly VR games that already exist on other platforms and are being confirmed for PSVR 2, or if we’ll see previously unknown VR games in the works for the headset. Luckily we only have to wait until next week to find out!

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Sony To Show ‘Sneak Peek’ At PSVR 2 Games In State Of Play Next Week

Sony will offer a “sneak peek” at upcoming PSVR 2 games in a State Of Play presentation next week.

A post on the PlayStation Blog confirms that the showcase will air at 3pm PT/6pm ET/11pm UK on June 2. The show will consist of about 30 minutes of “announcements and updates”, though isn’t entirely dedicated to PSVR 2. Instead, the show will offer “a sneak peek at several games in development for PlayStation VR2.”

PSVR 2 Games Sneak Peek Confirmed

The post doesn’t confirm if we’ll hear any new information on the actual hardware at the show but, typically, Sony does put out disclaimers saying what won’t be at an event, just to temper expectations. With that disclaimer missing here, it’s possible we do get at least some info on the headsets release date and price.

Currently PSVR 2 is rumored to be launching in early 2023 and we’ve seen a handful of games confirmed. These include one first-party title, Horizon Call of the Mountain, and several third-party efforts like Among Us VR and Firmament. Developers like nDreams and Fast Travel Games are also confirmed to be working on games for the headset. Rumored titles also include a VR version of Gran Turismo 7 and Resident Evil 8.

Earlier this week PlayStation boss Jim Ryan revealed that Sony is planning over 20 games for the headset’s launch. You can keep up with every announced and rumored game for the headset here and follow along with everything else we know about the device here.

What PSVR 2 games are you hoping to see revealed next week? Let us know in the comments below!