Jade Raymond’s New PlayStation Unique Will Embody Social Components and Consumer-Generated Content material
Jade Raymond has stated that Haven’s upcoming PlayStation unique sport will embody social parts and user-generated content material, including that it is being created by most of the devs behind the unique Murderer’s Creed.
Earlier this 12 months, it was introduced that Raymond had began Haven Leisure Studios, an impartial firm in Montreal at present engaged on an unannounced new IP for PlayStation. Throughout an interview with GamesIndustry.biz, the studio boss delved a little bit additional into what followers can count on from the sport and precisely who’s making it.
“There are three issues which might be actually thrilling me, that are additionally pillars for the way in which that we’re desirous about issues,” says Raymond. “First is video games as a social platform. The pandemic has confirmed that gameplay is the social glue that binds communities. Particularly for the youthful technology, that is what you do and the way you make buddies and hang around. That’s one thing that we actually need to construct and design for.”
Whereas there are many video games round that embody social parts of their design, the second idea on Raymond’s record provides one other layer to the path wherein the studio seems to be taking its new IP.
“The second factor is considering the ‘remix technology’. It began a short while in the past, there may be this age of self-expression the place we’re designing our NikeID footwear, we’re studying our buddies’ blogs moderately than what our skilled journalists are writing. And I believe that has continued to go additional with issues like TikTok. That is one other factor that we’re desirous about on the coronary heart of this IP. It’s past user-generated content material, it’s about taking that self-expression and remix idea to the following degree.”
PlayStation has seen plenty of its earlier exclusives concentrate on related concepts to some extent prior to now. Video games akin to LittleBigPlanet have allowed followers to create and play user-generated ranges alongside each other, whereas the more moderen launch of Goals scaled up the idea additional by granting customers the flexibility to create fully-fledged video games, mechanics, artwork and extra throughout its creation platform.
Raymond did not go into an excessive amount of element surrounding how Haven’s upcoming sport will take form. Nonetheless, the studio head was eager to notice that she’s excited to have the ability to create a brand new IP from scratch, and specifically, one which “can final for generations and grow to be significant for folks on a deeper degree.”
“However how can we create an IP that has that depth, however it’s designed to be owned by the followers from the beginning,” asks Raymond. “After we created Murderer’s Creed, we have been actually desirous about creating an IP that may be owned by inventive groups sooner or later. We thought if we create a framework of something that takes place in a second in historical past and has the Assassins behind it, [that] might be in step with the model so groups can evolve that and personal it. Now what we’re desirous about is creating an IP the place it is not simply skilled groups, however it’s designed to be owned by the followers and may evolve by means of that.”
Making a sport that pushes the boundaries of creativity and possession appears like no simple job. Thankfully for Raymond, the IP is in skilled palms. Corey Could, who was the unique author on the primary Murderer’s Creed is taking over the position of world director for the sport, whereas plenty of different workers from the unique Murderer’s Creed crew are additionally concerned.
“We began in 2004 working collectively. I used to be 29 on the time. Now all of us have children and gray hair and it is a few years later,” says Raymond. “However we nonetheless love working collectively. Corey was there, Raphael, Mathieu Leduc, who’s our inventive director, Pierre-Francois Sapinski [head of production]… the record goes on. Now we have lots of people from that unique sport. And there actually was a magical feeling when engaged on that first sport, and I really feel like we’ve got that once more.”
Jared Moore is a contract author for IGN. You’ll be able to comply with him on Twitter.