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Sony may add another first-party studio to its roster



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Sony may have bought UK-based developer Ballistic Moon, a team rumored to be working on an Unreal Engine 5-powered AAA story-based single player adventure for the PS5. It is strongly speculated that the Japanese giant is publishing the game, and so if progress is affecting the executive, an acquisition would not be out of the realm of possibility.

Where is the speculation coming from, though? Well, a Job advertisement for Senior Dialogue Designer at PlayStation Global mentions that the candidate will “work on major AAA projects alongside our partners at studios like Naughty Dog, Santa Monica Studios, Guerrilla Games, Fireprite, Ballistic Moon, London Studios, Housemark, Media Molecule, Insomniac Games, Sugar Punch Productions will be responsible for And more”. Obviously, all of these studios are wholly owned – except for Ballistic Moon.

The text has since been edited, removing the reference to the UK developer above. It’s possible that whoever wrote the copy for this job ad confused Ballistic Moon’s first-party, second-party ties to the PlayStation — but it’s also conceivable that the process of acquiring Sony developers is in, and is going through various legal protocols before officially announcing the news.

Either way, it’s a pretty open secret that the team has a close relationship with the PlayStation maker right now, and we’re patiently awaiting the announcement of its first game.


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