Core members of the Sony Liverpool team have founded a new studio called Firesprite, IGN reports.
“[Firesprite] came about organically, but we all had a shared vision,” Firesprite managing director Graeme Ankers told IGN, in part. “We knew we wanted to carry on making great games.” 15 of Firesprite’s 20 staff are former members of Sony Liverpool, and the five founding members have experience with every piece of PlayStation hardware to date. However, Ankers stressed that the studio is independent and not necessarily tied to Sony platforms.
Firesprite’s first project was collaborating on the PlayStation 4’s PS Camera sandbox The Playroom. The team is now working on a new game, starting with an engine and the necessary tools. “We have been working hard on creating a new game engine and tool chain that allows us to put the creative power in the best hands – the artists and designers,” Firesprite technical director, Chris Roberts said. “That puts us in a great position delivering the best experiences for players. It also allows us to get our games running on multiple platforms including mobile – so we can deliver platform specific features that make the best games.”
Sony Liverpool was originally founded in 1984 as Psygnosis until it was acquired by Sony Computer Entertainment and renamed. SCE closed the studio in 2012.