Sony has officially closed the PlayStation studio, according to a message it released online. PixelOpus is firm in question, and it brings attention to a worrying trend with PlayStation Studios and its dearth of first-party studios in comparison to its rivals. While no official explanation for PixelOpus’ closure has been provided, it is yet another studio that a larger publisher, like Sony, has closed down.
The PlayStation Studios subsidiary studio PixelOpus will close its doors the following month. A PlayStation Studios official confirmed this in a statement to Engadget, saying, “PlayStation Studios constantly analyses its portfolio and the status of studio projects to ensure they fulfill the organization’s short- and long-term strategic goals.
A recent evaluation process resulted in the decision that PixelOpus would shut down on June 2. The studio tweeted earlier today that their “adventure has come to an end.” According to reports, PixelOpus, the creative passion projects Concrete Genie and Entwined, was collaborating with Sony Pictures Animation on a new PS5 game.
Sadly, when mega-corporation parent corporations try to cut expenses, experimental studios with unconventional ideas are sometimes the first to go. The original and distinctive Concrete Genie is still obtainable on the PlayStation Store for $30 even if PixelOpus will soon be gone. Since its launch, PixelOpus had only put out two games: Entwined and Concrete Genie. Since its inception, PixelOpus has produced games for the PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, and PS Vita. The official PixelOpus account posted on Twitter informing followers of the studio’s closure.Our PixelOpus odyssey has come to an end, reads the tweet from PixelOpus. We wanted to express our sincere gratitude to the millions of devoted players who have supported us as we move forward. now PixelOpus was creating a new PS5 game, a project that has now been canceled, and no official explanation for Sony’s decision to close the studio has been offered. This has left some fans perplexed.
While the closure of PixelOpus may come as a shock to some, it is not entirely surprising given the recent trend of studio closures. One such instance is the closure of the studio Onoma, formerly known as Square Enix Montreal, in 2022. While many companies shut down due to poor success or subpar products, PixelOpus’ closure occurs as the firm was working with Sony Pictures Animation on a brand-new game.
In other PlayStation-related news, research from Sony has shown that the company’s decision to charge £70/$70 for the bulk of its large, first-party goods is having a negative impact on sales. Although sales are at an all-time high, fewer consumers are purchasing PS5 games now that they are more expensive at launch, especially for those living outside of the US. Who knew that charging more for your games would prevent more people from playing them?