Bottom line: Sony’s planned reboot of the Twisted Metal fighting franchise is no longer under the direction of Lucid Games. Don’t worry though, as the series is still in development, albeit in a different studio.
This was recently reported by sources familiar with the situation. Chronicle of video games that Sony has moved the project to an unnamed studio of its own in Europe. In October, it was first revealed that Lucid Games had received the go-ahead to develop a revival and that it could use a free-to-play model similar to the Destruction All-Stars.
Sony’s motivation behind the move is unclear, although one person suggested it could be due to the Destruction All-Stars’ poor reception. Neither Sony nor Lucid commented on the matter when requested by the post.
VGC also notes that Sony is still planning to release a reboot at the same time as its live TV adaptation premiered. This project was first announced in mid-2019 by Sony Pictures Television and PlayStation Productions.
Just last week at CES, Sony confirmed during its keynote speech that the series is still going according to plan, and even showed off some illustrations from the show.
According to Variety, Michael Jonathan Smith, aka Cobra Kai, has been hired to write and executive produce the Twisted Metal series. The main role will be a “talkative outsider” who gets the opportunity for a better life if he can successfully deliver a mysterious package through a post-apocalyptic wasteland, dotted with characters who do not like intruders.
No launch window was provided, but VGC claims the series could premiere sometime in 2023.