According to managing director Pete Samuels, Until Dawn developer Supermassive Games plans on moving on from creating PlayStation-exclusive projects in the future.
After working mainly on DLC for the LittleBigPlanet franchise, independent studio Supermassive Games was commissioned by Sony to create a new IP. The result was Until Dawn, a clever homage to slasher horror films, that also turned out to be one of the surprise hits of 2015, with the game featured near the top of the August 2015 sales charts. Considering the success of Until Dawn, one would imagine that Supermassive Games would be sticking with Sony, but as it turns out, the studio has plans to go multiplatform.
This is according to Supermassive Games managing director Pete Samuels, who said as much in a recent interview. Samuels said that Supermassive is satisfied with the strong relationship it has forged with Sony over the past eight years, but that the team wants to make its products available to as wide of an audience as possible.
While Supermassive Games has ambitions to branch out beyond the PlayStation brand, it’s unclear when exactly that will happen. The next two games from the studio are PlayStation VR exclusive titles, one being the Rush of Blood spinoff for Until Dawn, and the other a game called Tumble VR, so it seems like Supermassive already has a lot on its plate.
To that end, a possible sequel for Until Dawn has been mentioned by Pete Samuels in the past, and such a game would have to be exclusive to PlayStation platforms. With Until Dawn receiving positive reviews and earning stronger than expected sales (especially for a brand new IP) a sequel seems like a no-brainer, but if Supermassive is hoping to make multiplatform games, it may have to put Until Dawn sequel plans on the backburner for now.
Perhaps Supermassive could forge ahead with an Until Dawn spiritual successor that retains similar gameplay mechanics, but ditches the setting, characters, and name of the first game. It’s been hinted in the past by Supermassive that adventure games similar to Until Dawn that explore different thematic genres could be a possibility, so maybe that’s what we will see from the studio next.
Until Supermassive wraps up its work on the PlayStation-exclusive games Until Dawn: Rush of Blood and Tumble VR, don’t expect to hear any details on its multiplatform titles. Regardless of its multiplatform ambitions though, many fans of Supermassive Games would like to see a proper followup to Until Dawn at some point, so hopefully the studio isn’t completely against making PlayStation exclusive games in the future.
Supermassive’s next game, Until Dawn: Rush of Blood, is currently in development as an exclusive for PlayStation VR.