Now being handled by unnamed first-party studio.
Lucid Games, the UK developer behind Destruction All-Stars, is reportedly no longer working on a new Twisted Metal game for Sony as previously claimed, with the project now said to have switched to an unnamed first-party studio.
Word of a new Twisted Metal game first surfaced last September, when GamesBeat journalist Jeff Grubb claimed the project was in early development. Shortly after, VGC claimed Lucid Games would be the studio handling the new instalment and that the project would follow Destruction All-Stars lead as a free-to-play game.
In a new update, however, VGC’s sources say Sony has now made the decision to ditch Lucid Games as the developer of its new Twisted Metal title and has moved the project to an unnamed first-party studio elsewhere in Europe. Although no explanation for the switch was given, one source told VGC it may at least in part have been related to Destruction All-Stars’ underwhelming reception.
While Sony hasn’t yet made the new game official, previous reports suggested it’s aiming to launch the title alongside its currently in-the-works Twisted Metal TV adaptation as part of a new initiative to more closely align its game releases with its movie and television projects.
A TV series based on Twisted Metal was initially announced back in 2019, and new details have steadily emerged as production has begun shifting up a gear. The show (currently expected to arrive some time in 2023) is said to be an action-comedy take on the long-running PlayStation series, with Cobra Kai writer Michael Jonathan Smith on scripting duties.
According to Variety, it’ll tell the story of a motor-mouthed outsider – played by Anthony Mackie, perhaps best known as The Falcon in Marvel’s Cinematic Universe – who’s offered a chance at a better life, as long as he can deliver a mysterious package across a post-apocalyptic wasteland dominated by savage marauders driving vehicles of destruction.