Jeff Ross, former director at Sony Bend, says that Sony asked the studio to work on a new Syphon Filter.
Earlier in the week, Days Gone's creative directors Jeff Ross and John Garvin joined David Jaffe to talk about Days Gone's apparent sales success, the rejection of Days Gone 2 and the future of Sony Bend.
As pointed out on the GamingLeaksAndRumours subreddit, when discussing Sony's rejection of a Days Gone 2 pitch, Ross passively mentions that Sony asked the team if they would make a new Syphon Filter, to which Jaffe asks for more details.
Ross said, "They asked us, 'what about a Syphon Filter remake'? They asked us if there were any other IPs that we have that we can use, and the only other one that we have is Syphon Filter. But honestly, I had zero ideas on how to reboot Syphon Filter so I wasn't interested in that at all."
Ross continued to reveal that he wanted to pitch an open-world Resistance, saying, "The pitch that I was working on was an open-world Resistance, which would be fucking rad. All these open-world loops that we'd figured out, it almost wrote itself with Resistance there are so many aspects of that property that lent itself to open-world gameplay. They weren't interested in that either, I don't know how well that sold. They were interested in almost anything except for Days Gone 2."
Jaffe goes on to ask whether Ross thinks that the team would have received the green light if they had pitched Syphon Filter, to which Ross said, "I don't know about that. It was kind of like a keep them busy type of question like 'hey guys, want to come up with something Syphon Filter' while we figure out what we're confident in pitching. I don't think it was ever genuine".
Although it's clear that the team isn't keen on a new Syphon Filter, it's not currently known what Sony Bend is working on, other than that it'll be a brand new IP for the studio and reportedly feature multiplayer elements of some kind.
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