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London Studio
Subsidiary
IndustryVideo games
PredecessorTeam Soho
Psygnosis Camden Studio
Founded2002; 18 years ago (2002)
Headquarters,
England
Products
ParentSony Interactive Entertainment
Websiteplaystationlondonstudio.com

London Studio is a British video game developer based in London. Founded in 2002, it is first-party studio for Sony Interactive Entertainment. The studio was most known for developing the SingStar series, as well as games for PlayStation's external peripherals including the EyeToy camera and virtual reality headset PlayStation VR. The studio has created more than 60 titles since the studio was established.[1]

History[edit]

London Studio is established in 2002 following the merger of Psygnosis's Camden Studio and Team Soho, the developer behind The Getaway.[2] As London Studio, the studio developed the SingStar series, which became extremely popular and helped broadened the appeal of the PlayStation 2 beyond the typical demographics of young male gamers. The series sold more than 20 million copies within 6 years.[3] It also created a lot of games for Sony's EyeToy webcam, and assisted the development of other Sony titles, such as Killzone 2 and LittleBigPlanet.[4] The studio was working on two AAA exclusives for the PlayStation 3 including Eight Days and the sequel to The Getaway, but both were cancelled by Sony Europe as Sony wanted to reallocate resources to other first-party games.[5]

Virtual reality[edit]

London Studio developed a virtual reality (VR) rendering technology, called LSSDK, which supports PlayStation 4 and PC. This engine was first used in PlayStation VR Worlds, which contained five virtual reality experiences: "The London Heist", "Into The Deep", "VR Luge", "Danger Ball" and "Scavenger's Odyssey".[6] While VR Worlds received mixed reviews, "London Heist" was critically acclaimed, and the game was commercially successful. Developing titles for the virtual reality headset became the company's main focus.[7] The studio's next game was Blood & Truth, which serves as the successor to the London Heist level. It became the first VR title to reach number 1 on the UK's retail sales chart when it was released in May 2019.[8]

Games developed[edit]

Game Year Platform(s)
This is Football 2003 2002 PlayStation 2
Hardware: Online Arena
This is Football 2004 2003
EyeToy: Play
This is Football 2005 2004
EyeToy: Groove
SingStar
The Getaway: Black Monday
SingStar Party
EyeToy: Chat 2005
World Tour Soccer: Challenge Edition PlayStation Portable
Fired Up
SingStar Pop PlayStation 2
EyeToy: Play 2
EyeToy: Play 3
SingStar '80s
EyeToy: Kinetic
EyeToy: Operation Spy
EyeToy: Kinetic Combat 2006
EyeToy: Play Sports
SingStar Rocks!
SingStar Anthems
Gangs of London PlayStation Portable
SingStar Legends PlayStation 2
World Tour Soccer 2 PlayStation Portable
SingStar Pop Hits 2007 PlayStation 2
SingStar 90s
SingStar Amped
SingStar Rock Ballads
Aqua Vita PlayStation 3
SingStar R&B PlayStation 2
Beats PlayStation Portable
SingStar PlayStation 3
SingStar Summer Party 2008 PlayStation 2
SingStar Vol. 2 PlayStation 3
SingStar ABBA PlayStation 2 & PlayStation 3
SingStar Vol. 3 PlayStation 3
PlayStation Home
SingStar Queen 2009
SingStar Pop Edition
SingStar Motown
EyePet PlayStation 3 & PlayStation Portable
SingStar Take That PlayStation 3
SingStar Guitar 2010
SingStar Dance
DanceStar Party 2011
EyePet & Friends
DanceStar Party Hits 2012
Wonderbook
SingStar: Ultimate Party[9] 2014 PlayStation 4 & PlayStation 3
PlayStation VR Worlds 2016 PlayStation VR
SingStar Celebration 2017 PlayStation 4
Blood & Truth 2019 PlayStation VR

References[edit]

  1. ^ Avard, Alex (4 October 2020). "Here's every PlayStation Studio, and the games they're currently working on". GamesRadar. Retrieved 25 October 2020.
  2. ^ Exposed, Marco (25 May 2019). "Blood & Truth: who are the guys from London Studio and what The Getaway was". IGN. Retrieved 25 October 2020.
  3. ^ Handrahan, Matthew (16 October 2019). "Sony will close down SingStar servers in January 2020". Gameindustry.biz. Retrieved 25 October 2020.
  4. ^ Boxer, Steve (28 April 2008). "Inside Sony's Secret Powerhouse". The Guardian. Retrieved 25 October 2020.
  5. ^ Yin-Poole, Wesley (2 August 2011). "Cancelled Eight Days was "jaw dropping"". Eurogamer. Retrieved 25 October 2020.
  6. ^ Answer, James (March 2016). "Fast and Flexible: Technical Art and Rendering For The Unknown". GDC Vault.
  7. ^ Lang, Ben (8 November 2017). "Sony's London Studio Doubles Down With VR as Its Top Priority". RoadtoVR. Retrieved 25 October 2020.
  8. ^ Dring, Christopher (3 June 2019). "UK Charts: Blood & Truth is the first VR game to claim No.1". Gameindustry.biz. Retrieved 25 October 2020.
  9. ^ "SingStar coming soon to PS4 with free microphone app". blog.eu.playstation.com. Retrieved 21 May 2014.

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