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SIE London Studio (formerly SCE London Studio) is an English game development studio owned by Sony Interactive Entertainment and, as its name suggests, based in London. One of Sony's lesser-known development teams, London Studio primarily focuses on various technologies and experimental games that are compatible with the PlayStation brand of consoles. Though it was officially founded in 2002, London Studio's origins date back to 1994.

Back in 1994, Sony established an internal development group in Soho, London appropriately called Team Soho. Team Soho was notably comprised of fresh college graduates with little to no experience in game production. For the majority of their existence, Team Soho worked on sports and racing titles, eventually releasing a total of nine titles. The last of them, The Getaway is the team's most famous and fondly-remembered game, which would also carry over as a favorite IP among the future London Studio.

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Four years later, Psygnosis - acquired by Sony in 1993 - established a new studio called Psygnosis Camedan in, well, Camedan, circa 1998. The small studio was renamed into Camedan Studio following Psygnosis' rebranding into SCE Studio Liverpool, and developed four titles under its belt.

In 2002, as part of a larger reconstruction within Sony's gaming division, it was decided to merge Team Soho and Camedan Studio in a singular entity: London Studio.

London Studio is best known for developing the SingStar franchise of party and music games, which utilize EyeToy, a camera developed by London Studio; the series as a whole has been fairly successful for London Studio and Sony, selling over 20 million copies across several installments. Outside of those games, London Studio also assists in the development of titles developed by other European first-party studios, including those made by Guerrilla Games and Media Molecule.

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By the early 2010s, London Studio emerged as Sony's central division in England following Psygnosis' closure and Cambridge Studio's reconstruction in 2012, which followed with the closure of both Evolution Studios of Motorstorm fame and Cambridge in the mid 2010s. In the meantime, London Studio spearheaded the development of Sony's own Virtual Reality headset, the PlayStation VR, which went on to sell over 5 million units.

Nowadays, London Studio is best known for their VR Rail Shooter Blood & Truth - originally meant to be a revival of their long-forgotten The Getaway IP - which became somewhat of a Killer App for their VR headset. It even topped game sales charts in the United Kingdom, a first for a virtual reality game.

Compare with SIE Japan Studio, who are essentially London's counterpart as a smaller first-party division with focus on experimental titles.


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Alternative Title(s): SCE London Studio

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