Sony made yet another important move to show its commitment to technology and gaming. Sony has made a commitment to Savage Game Studios by entering into an agreement with them to bring new life to their business. PlayStation Studios Mobile Division. The new division will help in developing an “AAA mobile live service action game”.
PlayStation Studios Mobile Division will develop “innovative, on-the-go experiences based on new and existing PlayStation IPs that meet PlayStation Studios’ high-quality standards” and will operate independently from console game development.
PlayStation Studios’ head, Hermen Hulst, shared his views on this development, “This acquisition reaffirms Sony Interactive Entertainment’s commitment to delivering innovative experiences to new players around the world by expanding to additional platforms.”
Since its inception, the PlayStation brand has been synonymous with exclusivity. It never expanded beyond the console and represents the best narrative-based videogames. It is inevitable that even the most successful games will diversify, and the expansion into PC and mobile gaming seems to have been the right decision.
Sony announced in May 2022 that it would be releasing new games on new platforms as part of its new business strategy. Although initially, this was thought to be a reference to the company’s recent expansion into PC gaming. It is not likely that there will be a push to mobile gaming. Sony seems to be expanding beyond its high-quality systems and into the mobile gaming market.
“The PlayStation Studios Mobile team is focused on creating new experiences for players through innovative, on-the-go gaming based on new and existing PlayStation IP. PlayStation Studios must continue to expand and diversify our offering beyond the console, bringing incredible new games to more people than ever before,” continued Hulst on the expansion.
“Acquiring the talented team at Savage Game Studios is another strategic step towards that goal. I’m really excited about what Savage is working on, and I’m confident they will deliver a high-quality experience. Our move into mobile, like our expansion into PC and live service games, strengthens our capabilities and our community, and complements PlayStation Studios’ purpose to make the best games that we can.”
Savage Game Studios was founded in 2020 by veteran developers Michail Katkoff, Nadjim Adjir, and Michael McManus, who collectively have decades’ worth of experience working at developers including Spider-Man’s Insomniac Games, Clash of Clans’ Supercell, Farmville’s Zynga, Angry Birds’ Rovio, and World of Tank’s Wargaming.
It’s unclear if Savage Game Studios’ game will see the creation of a new PlayStation IP or be incorporated into an existing franchise. They haven’t released a game yet since its inception two years ago. It’s perhaps more likely that we’ll see something brand new.
On the other hand, Sony’s PC publishing is so far only concerned with porting pre-existing console games, with God of War and Spider-Man proving the most successful so far. It recently acquired PC porting specialist Nixxes. In its next fiscal year, it will create a PlayStation PC label. It expects to earn $300 million in PC games alone.
The Sony expansion will bring a lot of joy to gamers who can’t afford a console. PlayStation Studios need to be cautious. For the sake of expansion, PlayStation Studios can’t forget what it is that attracts gamers to their products. It must keep delivering the original titles that have made PlayStation Studios a household name and bring the same craftsmanship to its mobile gaming endeavors.
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