A PlayStation first-party studio just posted online, confirming Sony had closed it down. PixelOpus is firm in question, and it brings attention to a worrying trend with PlayStation and its dearth of first-party studios in comparison to its rivals. While no official explanation for PixelOpus’ closure has been provided, it represents yet another studio that a larger publisher, like Sony, has closed down.
PixelOpus was founded in 2014 as a Sony Interactive Entertainment in-house studio, producing PlayStation-exclusive projects. Since its inception, PixelOpus had only released two games: Entwined and Concrete Genie. PixelOpus began as a small team and has created games for the PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, and PlayStation Vita.
The studio’s closure was announced on Twitter by the official PixelOpus account.
PixelOpus tweeted that “our PixelOpus adventure has come to an end. As we look to new futures, we wanted to say a heartfelt thank you to the millions of passionate players who have supported us.” There has been no official explanation for Sony’s decision to close the studio, which has left some fans perplexed because PixelOpus was working on a new PS5 title, which has now been canceled.
PixelOpus fans were confused and disappointed by the news of the closure of the first-party studio. One fan recalls the recent restructuring of Japan Studio, another first-party PlayStation studio that developed games such as Knack, which Sony only recently patented. Studio Japan was not closed down, but rather “refocused” into its spin-off studio, Team Asobi. Other fans expressed anxiety about Sony, as well as the potential of other studios, such as Media Molecule, closing down.