Sony Interactive Entertainment has created a new studio in San Diego focused on making games and the earlier rumors pointed towards them working on a new Uncharted game, but now more job listings have surfaced that provide a clear picture.
Sony Interactive Entertainment San Diego Studio is managed by former leads from the various first-party studios including Guerrilla Games, Naughty Dog, and Sucker Punch. As spotted in a job listing (via) for Lead Character Artist and Senior Gameplay Animator, they are working on a “high quality, 3rd person, action/adventure game” while another listing calls it “next chapter of cinematic storytelling.”
Speculation: Is Sony Working On Uncharted 5 or New Spin-Off?
Sony Interactive Entertainment San Diego is a brand new studio so the choices here are limited. Uncharted is the safest bet because Naughty Dog has already said that they are done with the series and the ending of Uncharted 4 was pretty clear in term of the future for the franchise. God of War sequel is likely in development at Sony Interactive Entertainment Santa Monica Studio.
Uncharted: The Lost Legacy shows that these games don’t always need Nathan Drake and any spin-off character can carry off their own game, so if there is indeed a new Uncharted 5, it can be from this studio. Since this is one of the highest selling franchise for Sony, it is doubtful that they will abandon it soon. They will likely make more games as long as they are selling well, but Naughty Dog might not work on them.
Uncharted 5, or a spin-off, makes the most sense but this can also be a new IP, which is again another risky prospect for a new studio but will be a good foundation to build on heading into the new generation.