Technology

Sources: Sony switches Twisted Metal reboot developer

PlayStation has changed its plans to reboot Twisted Metal in development, sources told VGC.

VGC reported last year that a new combat batch for the car – which by release will be the first series in over a decade – began early development at developer Lucid Games Destruction All-Stars in Liverpool, UK.

However, VGC has been told that the project has since stopped developing at Lucid, and according to sources, Sony has instead decided to move the revival of the series to one of its first-party studios in Europe.

Sony Interactive Entertainment and Lucid Games did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

It is understood that Sony still intends to bring the fighting car series back in time to coincide with the upcoming TV series in 2023, and early work has begun at the unnamed first-party studio.

The sources did not provide an explanation for the developer’s change. However, one person suggested that the poor reception of Lucid’s PS5 Destruction All-Stars title may have contributed to the decision.

Destruction All-Stars was released early last year to highly critical reviews. It was originally scheduled to be a full-priced PS5 launch game, until Sony postponed its release by three months and announced that it would be free for PlayStation Plus members for two months, before selling it for $20.

Despite the launch of PS Plus, Destruction All-Stars struggled to find an audience and its developer added AI-controlled drivers to the game to help players find matches when there aren’t enough opponents online.

Sony only expressed its commitment to the Twisted Metal franchise last week, when it reiterated on stage at CES 2022 that a TV series was in development and featured artwork on screen.

The Twisted Metal TV project was officially announced in May 2019 and is in the works at PlayStation Productions’ film and television studio.

According to Variety, the direct adaptation of the vehicular combat PlayStation series will be an action comedy by Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick, authors of the Deadpool and Zombieland films.

Sources: Sony Keys Developer Reboot Twisted Metal
Sony Twisted Metal reported during their CES 2022 press conference.

Avengers star Anthony Mackie will play the main role in the series. You’ll focus on an outsider tasked with delivering a mysterious package across a post-apocalyptic wasteland roamed by bandits in deadly vehicles, including the series’ trademark character, Sweet Tooth, a psychotic clown who drives a modified ice cream truck.

Speaking during a live broadcast discussing previous rumors about Twisted Metal, original creator David Jaffe said he thought Lucid was likely not a good fit for the series due to poor reception for Destruction All-Stars.

“I enjoyed what I played in Destruction All-Stars. I didn’t quite like it, because I didn’t think it was sticky enough… I played about four or five rounds and was good for a while… I like to think they’d learn from that, “.

“You really need a really smart designer to sit down and understand the pros and cons of Twisted Metal, and I haven’t seen anything from any developers including Lucid that they would know how to solve. I know I won’t. I hope a good idea comes along, but that’s a tough one.”