Guerrilla Games’ Killzone franchise might be making a return but in an unexpected way. According to a recent report, Killzone VR is coming to PS VR2 as a launch title. The project was originally in development at Until Dawn studio Supermassive Games before Sony apparently moved its development in-house around 2019.
According to Bryan Paul of YouTube channel PSVR Without Parole, who has an accurate history of PS VR leaks, Killzone VR was once in the works at Supermassive Games. Sony reportedly wasn’t happy with the game’s progress and chose to move its development to an in-house studio which hasn’t been named yet, but some speculate that it might be the series developer Guerrilla Games.
Paul went on to state that Killzone VR was originally planned to release on the first PS VR, but will now launch alongside the PS VR2. Guerrilla Games is currently working with FireSprite on the VR title Horizon: Call of the Mountain, which was confirmed to arrive on PS VR2 as well.
We’ll surely know if these reports are accurate when PlayStation’s next State of Play airs later this week. The show will give the spotlight to some PS VR2 news and games, meaning it’s likely that Killzone VR – if it’s still in development and set to launch with the virtual reality headset – will officially be unveiled there.
Guerrilla Games has since moved on from the Killzone franchise, opting to focus on the best-selling Horizon series instead. It’s unlikely that the studio will return to the first-person shooter games for a long time, though development duties could easily shift to another PlayStation studio.
Despite the success of its numerous big-budget action/adventure games, PlayStation could certainly use a big exclusive shooter again, especially with competitor Xbox doubling down on shooters with the Halo series and id Software’s Doom franchise, among others.
Source: PSVR Without Parole