PlayStation Productions Announced for Film and TV

By | 20/05/2019
PlayStation Productions Announced

Plus: New Doctor Who VR Game Confirmed and Apex Legends Update Coming Soon…

Sony has announced PlayStation Productions for video game film and TV adaptions. Also, a new Doctor Who VR game has been confirmed and an update for Apex Legends is due this week.

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  • PlayStation Productions Announced for Film and TV
  • Doctor Who: The Edge of Time VR Game Announced
  • Apex Legends Update Coming This Week

PlayStation Productions Announced for Film and TV

A new development studio as part of Sony Interactive Entertainment has been announced.

Aptly named PlayStation Productions, the new studio will be developing TV shows and movies based on video games.

PlayStation Productions Announced

The studio will be working with Sony Pictures, one of the world’s biggest and best movie producers in order to develop their projects.

Being headed by Asad Qizilbash, PlayStation Productions is set to develop new film and TV franchises based on renowned PlayStation titles, with 25 years worth of inspirational material to work from.

Some of the games to work from might include Tomb Raider, Crash Bandicoot and Metal Gear Solid, among many others.

However, PlayStation has more than 100 IPs with which they can work and according to Mr. Qizilbash, any new TV or film productions based on these video games will be developed based on analysis of the PlayStation community.

Another positive outlook for the projects is that they will be developed inside generous time frames with the developments being given the time they deserve from start to finish.

The focus of any new adaptions will be based purely on the essence of what made a particular game great in the first place and distilling the core concepts down into cinema medium.

Ultimately, the story will determine the format. We want to bring our IP to the medium that best honors the property…

That’s according to Shawn Layden, Chairman of Sony Interactive World Wide Studios.

One thing the studio has seems to corrected is that they are to conceptualize and develop new media themselves, based on their own IP, rather than licensing out the project to third party production houses.

In most cases, production studios develop movies based on games based on a particular director or producer’s interpretation of a game, which is quite often a poor one.

Almost all films and TV shows based on video games have historically and infamously been quite poor either in their execution, their reception or more often than not, both.

However, with the full weight of Sony Pictures, the full support of Sony Interactive Entertainment and an excellent understanding of original IP games, PlayStation Productions might just be able to succeed where so many others have failed.

Doctor Who: The Edge of Time VR Game Announced

A full VR production of a new video game based on popular Sci-Fi series Doctor Who has been announced.

Doctor Who: The Edge of Time will see players having to prevent the end of the Universe itself.

Doctor Who Edge of Time Dalek

The game will feature Jodie Whittaker, the show’s current Doctor Who voicing the character for the game.

Also featured will be classic Doctor Who characters such as Daleks and iconic Doctor Who locations such as Totter’s Lane.

Having to recover Time Crystals, the game will consist of a series of interactive puzzles and getting to pilot the TARDIS.

The project is being developed with the latest in VR technology by Maze Theory and BBC Productions, and is to be published by PlayStack.

Maze Theory has been formed by former PlayStation and Activision employees and is looking to push develop stunning VR games by utilizing the technology to maximum effect.

The studio has also just announced a Peaky Blinders VR game based on the TV show which will also use groundbreaking VR technology.

Doctor Who: The Edge of Time is set for a September release on PlayStation 4, Occulus Rift and other compatible PC VR devices.

Apex Legends Update Coming This Week

A new patch for massive online Battle Royale game Apex Legends is to be released some time this week.

According to the game’s developer, Respawn Entertainment, the update will include game improvements and bug fixes.

Apex Legends Update

The main focus of the patch seems to address the game’s sounds and music.

The game’s audio engine is said to have been improved, making it around 30% more CPU efficient and data code has been optimized to reduce drop out.

Other audio changes that have been made to the game include sound volume changes and other various audio adjustments and fixes to menus, weapons and items.

There has been no mention of any additional content.

Apex Legends is available now as a Free to Play game for PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC via Origin.

Note that Apex Legends does not require a PlayStation Plus account in order to play online.

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6 thoughts on “PlayStation Productions Announced for Film and TV

  1. Kayin

    I can already tell you that I like this article by the way it looks.

    I always enjoyed playing Playstation back then, and then it was Nintendo Wii. Do you know when there will be a new Final Fantasy game coming out?

    I enjoy playing RPG games. THanks!

    1. Michael Gore Post author

      Hi Kayin.

      I haven’t heard any plans for a new FF game, but there are numerous remakes and remasters on the way including Final Fantasy 7.

      Final Fantasy X/X-2 remaster has also just been released.


  2. Chuck

    So if I got it right they don’t know what titles will be produced for film and tv? I would think there wouldn’t be that much of an audience for old Playstation titles but maybe some of the new ones I’m not too familiar with. The title and Mr. Raiden there on the left made me think of the cheesy Mortal Kombat movie of the nineties. It was ok as a kid but even then I knew the acting performance was cringeworthy :D. I think there we’re other similar titles. Even the original Tomb Raider movie was horrible. Didn’t they just make a new one, Netflix maybe?

    1. Michael Gore Post author

      Hi Chuck.

      They are keeping tight lipped on the games that they will be making TV and movies based upon, however I would expect them to cover a wide range of titles from games based on platformers for kids to horror based games for adults, and everything in between.

      The Mortal Kombat movies may be cheesy, but a new big budget Mortal Kombat movie has been confirmed for release next year.

      They did indeed make a new Tomb Raider movie starring Alicia Vikander and it is available on Sky Cinema or Netflix now. It is based on the latest Tomb Raider from Square Enix rather than a poor interpretation of the original such as the Angelina Jolie movies.


  3. roman

    Some of Sony’s games have better writing then most movies. Hope they won’t screw up TV adaptations. If they make something as good as The last of us into a movie, probably i’ll go see it. But they gonna screw it up somehow 99.9%
    : )

    1. Michael Gore Post author

      Hi Roman.

      Given the budgets set, the time scales given and the resources allocated, I am more than sure that PlayStation Productions will do a good job, especially given the masses of source material from which to work.



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