Live Service Twisted Metal is Reportedly Canceled Following PlayStation Massive Layoffs

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Sony has announced the cancellation of its live-service Twisted Metal game as part of PlayStation’s massive layoffs affecting about 8% of PlayStation’s global workforce and the closure of Sony’s London studio.

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It is also reported that several PlayStation studios are affected, including Insomniac Games, Naughty Dog, Firesprite, which is supposedly the developer of Twisted Metal, and Guerrilla Games. While Guerilla Games was impacted and a number of in-development games were canceled, the Horizon online game is reported to still be in the works to be developed by Guerilla Games.

“We have made the extremely hard decision to announce our plan to commence a reduction of our overall headcount globally by about 8%, or about 900 people, subject to local law and consultation processes," outgoing Sony Interactive Entertainment boss Jim Ryan said via blog post.

"Employees across the globe, including our studios, are impacted."

Earlier this month, Sony revealed that the PS5 sales failed to meet the target of 25 million PS5s sold during the holiday season, even if it was later revised to 21 million due to lower sales despite several promotions.

Sony only sold about 8.2 million PS5s during the third quarter ending December 31, 2023, up from 7.1 million sold during the previous year of the same quarter, but it was not enough to reach Sony’s ambitious target.

Sony has made major investments in expanding into live services and multimedia. The Twisted Metal adaptation on Peacock was a crucial success for Sony, making this cancellation a bit disappointing.

However, Sony’s venture into live-service had uncertainties after Naughty Dog canceled The Last of Us online multiplayer game last December 2023. Fortunately, Helldivers 2 became a massive hit this month as a PS5 console exclusive, so it is still unsure whether Sony’s venture into live-service will be successful in the long run.
 

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