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Black Ops vets form new studio for PlayStation-exclusive

Deviation Games, started by longtime Treyarch developers Dave Anthony and Jason Blundell, already at work for SIE

Three people stand on stage during the Summer Game Fest Kickoff Live show
Geoff Keighley introduces Dave Anthony (middle) and Jason Blundell (right) at Summer Game Fest Kickoff Live.
Image: The Game Awards via YouTube
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Two veterans of Call of Duty development have formed a new studio, Deviation Games, and it will partner with Sony Interactive Entertainment to develop a new franchise for PlayStation Studios.

Dave Anthony and Jason Blundell announced their new venture during Thursday’s Summer Game Fest Kickoff show. In an accompanying post on the PlayStation Blog, Anthony said “it’s really early for us to be going into specific details” about the new project.

“We’re not afraid to say that our ambitions are super high,” Anthony said. “We’re setting out to make a huge content-rich game with a focus on a lot of action and a lot of energy, but let’s leave it at that for now, and hopefully it won’t be long before we can share more.”

Anthony and Blundell have worked together “for donkeys’ years,” Anthony said. (A donkey’s year is roughly 3 human years.) The two are veterans of Treyarch, maker of the Call of Duty: Black Ops sub-series.

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