Sony Interactive Entertainment has announced that Concrete Genie developer studio PixelOpus will shut down on June 2. The decision was reportedly made after “a recent review process” at PlayStation Studios. In 2021, the studio announced it was developing an “exciting new PlayStation 5 title” in partnership with Sony Pictures Animation. However, the fate of the game is currently still unclear.
Dear friends, 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, and our mission to make beautiful, imaginative games with heart.
We are so grateful! ❤️🙏 pic.twitter.com/rQO2Cgvhnq
— PixelOpus (@Pixelopus) May 5, 2023
A statement from PlayStation regarding the closure via IGN:
“PlayStation Studios regularly evaluates its portfolio and the status of studio projects to ensure they meet the organization’s short and long-term strategic objectives. As part of a recent review process, it has been decided that PixelOpus will close on June 2.”
Concrete Genie details via PlayStation Store:
Concrete Genie follows the heartwarming journey of a bullied teen named Ash, who escapes his troubles by bringing his colorful imagination to life in his sketchbook, while exploring his hometown of Denska – a once bright and bustling seaside town now polluted by Darkness.
Ash discovers a mysterious lighthouse, where he finds a magical energy that charges his paintbrush with ‘Living Paint’ capable of creating magnificent masterpieces that can purify Denska’s polluted walls.
Ash must harness the magical properties of his powerful paintbrush to eliminate the Darkness polluting Denska with the help of the mischievous Genies he creates along the way.
Can Ash overcome his personal struggles and paint his hometown back to life?
Concrete Genie includes two PlayStation VR modes* – VR Experience and VR Free Paint. In Experience, you’ll help a Genie discover a mysterious power through painting and see your art come to life from a new perspective. Or practice your new skills in Free Paint, where you’ll manipulate your paintbrush with two PlayStation Move to create beautiful, living landscapes.
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