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Sony’s new team in San Diego is working on ‘existing franchises’

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The new San Diego-based PlayStation studio is working to “expand existing franchises,” according to the LinkedIn profile of the former studio manager. Michael Mumbauer worked at PlayStation as Studio Head until November 2020. In the segment of His profile Detailing his work with the new San Diego team, Mumbauer writes, “His latest achievement is having built a whole new AAA Action / Adventure development team for Playstation. Based in San Diego and using proprietary engine technology, this team was assembled to develop existing franchises and create all new stories for the next generation of gamers. ”

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As to what those existing franchises might be, rumors have been circulating for some time that PlayStation is working on a partnership with Naughty Dog. to continue the Uncharted series. Nothing official is available to confirm that this new development team is working on an Uncharted game, but there is an unusual and interesting wrinkle … In the “ Featured ” section of Mumbauer’s LinkedIn profile, enter the videos of an introductory presentation and the GDC speech of him, is a video from YouTuber RobinGaming about Sony “secretly” setting up a studio to create Uncharted 5. The “Featured” section of a LinkedIn profile is filled in by the profile owner himself, so this theoretical Uncharted 5 video was there on purpose placed by Mumbauer. This is of course by no means an official confirmation of the rumor, but it is nonetheless an interesting detail.

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As for this new development team, it is not to be confused with San Diego Studio, Sony’s first development house that has spent much of its life dedicated to creating installments of MLB The Show. Instead, this new San Diego-based studio is a new build that hasn’t been officially announced yet. To know more PlayStation Studios, take a look at the news of the next God of War Ragnarok, PS5 exclusive Drop back in March, and the discussion on 2021 lineup of the PS5.

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Matt Purslow is IGN’s UK news and entertainment editor.


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