In September last year it was reported that a new Twisted Metal reboot game was in the works and it would be a tie in with forthcoming TV show based on the game. At the time Lucid Games, the creators of PS5 exclusive Destruction All-Stars, were on developing duties.
However, sources have now told VGC that the Twisted Metal reboot has been taken off Lucid and is now in the hands of a first party studio. It is suggested that the poor reception for Destruction All-Stars is a factor, but given that game died on it’s bum almost at launch it seems odd Sony have taken this long to make that decision.
Which internal studio has the game has not been revealed but there are very few choices. Polphony, Guerrilla, Housemarque, Bend, Insomniac, Naughty Dog, Blue Point and Sucker Punch are all very busy with upcoming games. Team Asobi, Media Molecule, Nixxes, and Valkyerie really don’t seem a good fit, so outside of partnering with an external studio that only really leaves Santa Monica, who will be finishing God of War Ragnarok any day now. However, the game is reportedly set to be released alongside the TV show in 2023, so even if Santa Monica took over the title they would have very little time to finish it.
Back in May 2019 Sony announced PlayStation Productions, a new arm of the company that would create television shows and films based on PlayStation IPs, and at the same time it was confirmed by Tony Vinciquerra from Sony Pictures that a television show based on the classic vehicle combat game Twisted Metal was in early production.
The writers of Deadpool and Zombieland, Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick, who will be creating a “new take” on the franchise. The story will follow a loud mouthed protagonist who has a chance at a better life if he can traverse a wasteland and deliver a package, so Mad Max but with Tom Hardy talking rather than being sullen and mute. The currently unnamed protagonist will be joined by ” trigger-happy car thief” and they will meet a clown who drives an ice cream truck – I think you know who that is. Avengers star Anthony Mackie will be taking the lead role.
Sone recently re-affirmed the show is in production during their CES 2022 presentation.