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Former PlayStation Boss Shawn Layden Has 'No Idea' What Happened to Deep Down

Former PlayStation Boss Shawn Layden Has 'No Idea' What Happened to Deep Down - News

by William D'Angelo , posted on 05 September 2021 / 3,904 Views

Sony on September 30, 2019 announced PlayStation boss Shawn Layden would be stepping down after 32 years at the company. In a recent interview Layden said he had launched six video game consoles and after so many years he was getting burned out. 

Bloomberg's Jason Schreier in the same interview asked Layden what happened with the PlayStation 4 exclusive Deep Down. Layden had after thinking about it for a second said "I have no idea."

Capcom announced Deep Down at the PS4 reveal event in February 2013 and since the announcement have barely heard anything on the game. 

Capcom corporate officer Yoshinori Ono in November 2019 said the original development is no longer together, however, they are keeping the trademark and haven't given up on the title. 

"The original team is clearly no longer together at this point, but people might have noticed that we've kept the trademark registered, and it's not been completely given up on," said Ono.

"Every year we examine titles we're doing in future, and we bring up projects to approve and move forward. There's not much I can say about it, but if you've noticed we've kept the trademark it means we haven't given up on the title completely."


A life-long and avid gamer, William D'Angelo was first introduced to VGChartz in 2007. After years of supporting the site, he was brought on in 2010 as a junior analyst, working his way up to lead analyst in 2012. He has expanded his involvement in the gaming community by producing content on his own YouTube channel and Twitch channel dedicated to gaming Let's Plays and tutorials. You can contact the author at wdangelo@vgchartz.com or on Twitter @TrunksWD.


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16 Comments
mjk45 (on 05 September 2021)

More importantly he should have asked Shawn where is The Agent?

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Salnax mjk45 (on 05 September 2021)

It's being released the same quarter as Dead Island 2.

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mjk45 Salnax (on 06 September 2021)

in Agents case , it's most likely full of bullet holes and buried somewhere under Trevor's trailer in Sandy Shores , in Dead Island 2's case that just shows that when you rely on Zombies everything tends to fall to pieces.

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shikamaru317 Salnax (on 06 September 2021)

Nah, Dead Island 2 appears to actually be in development still, Sumo Digital transferred their work to Dambusters in 2019, and last year Embracer said they expected it to release this fiscal year (ending March 2022), so there is actually a possibility it is re-announced soon, maybe even at this Sony conference this week, if not there maybe the the Game Awards in December.

Agent on the other hand is definitely dead, after renewing the trademark twice, Rockstar abandoned the trademark in 2018.

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SanAndreasX mjk45 (on 06 September 2021)

Rockstar is too busy re-re-releasing GTA V.

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mjk45 SanAndreasX (on 06 September 2021)

I know I have sinned by replying to the wrong SanAndreasX post ,but this trailer was seen by many when shown to be a graphics showcase for PS4. https://www.youtube.com/embed/xbFBEjlKtpY" was released at the PS4 reveal event and gained a fair bit of hype at the time. and another trailer was shown at E3 2014

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Hiku (on 06 September 2021)

My uncle works at Nintendo. He says it's still in development.

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Azzanation (on 06 September 2021)

Completely forgot about this game

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Kakadu18 Azzanation (on 06 September 2021)

I think almost everyone did.

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VAMatt Kakadu18 (on 06 September 2021)

Now we know why it went nowhere - nobody gave a shit about it.

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LivncA_Dis3 (on 06 September 2021)

wat a shame! capcom should give us an update with deep down!

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SanAndreasX (on 06 September 2021)

Why was Deep Down hyped up so much to begin with that people are asking a former PlayStation boss where it went? I'd completely forgotten about it.

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Salnax SanAndreasX (on 06 September 2021)

From what I can tell, mostly because it was one of those games that seemed to be a true "next-gen" experience. Its engine was supposedly made for the PS4 and was going to be the one Capcom switched to using instead of MT Framework. Yoshinori Ono was supposed to be involved, and his reputation was pretty solid before Street Fighter 5s launch and Marvel vs. Capcom Infinite's existence. Some people were also reminded of Dragon's Dogma, which was at the time a fairly recent game that was well liked.

I think once the 8th generation got rolling and the new engine was never used, people forgot about it, in part because the MT Frameworks engine worked well enough for titles like Monster Hunter World and te RE engine was used for games like RE7 and DMC5.

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Kyuu (on 06 September 2021)

From Deep Down to Deep Downgrade to Deep Down the Ground :(

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ClassicGamingWizzz (on 06 September 2021)

My sources told me its cancelled, same for the agent from rockstar. Dont go make a article about this quality information ok?

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mjk45 ClassicGamingWizzz (on 06 September 2021)

It was simply part of the Shawn Layden interview nothing more,

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