Stellar Blade Developer, Shift Up, Becomes First Korean Company to Join Sony’s Second Party Partner Program

Stellar Blade Developer, Shift Up, Becomes First Korean Company to Join Sony’s Second Party Partner Program

Developer Shift Up, known for the upcoming action game Stellar Blade, has announced that it is the first Korean developer to have joined Sony Interactive Entertainment’s second party partner program.

Through this publishing deal, Sony will likely support the game even more via promotion and other activities. Console or platform exclusivity may also be applied, but that’s solely speculation.

Thanks to Okam Games for sharing this news.

We’ll keep you all updated with the eventual release of Stellar Blade, which currently has no release date.

In terms of story elements, there is much to ponder. Stellar Blade is set in a not-so-distant future version of Earth. It has been devastated by a global invasion, expelling humanity from the planet.

Shift Up is widely known for its mobile gacha Destiny Child, which is praised for its limited pay-to-win systems. The development team comprises team members who also worked on games such as Magna Carta on PlayStation 2, where you’ll notice some of the influences in character designs from character designer Kim Hyung-tae.

In case you missed it, check out our previous coverage of the game, which was a trailer that premiered during the September 2022 Sony State of Play. Impressive gameplay segments, an immersive presentation, and other intriguing facets were presented alongside many screenshots. For those unaware, this title was previously known as “Project Eve” before the Stellar Blade name was finalized.

Many prospective players are comparing this entry to NieR:Automata, but this experience definitely has a distinct vibe that makes it stand out on its own accord. We’re looking forward to learning more next year.

A physical release has been confirmed, and the developer has told players to expect a challenge.

Stellar Blade is planned to launch exclusively for PlayStation 5.

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