TOKYO Oct 4 (Reuters) – Sony Group Corp (S.N) gaming business is looking for new investments to support its push to PC and mobile. said senior management As the PlayStation 5 makers compete for talent with deep rivals. And as the industry deals heat up
“Additional investments in various fields to strengthen its expansion on PC, mobile and in live services. That is definitely possible for us,” PlayStation Studios head Hermen Hulst told Reuters in an interview, without giving further details.
Sony, whose studio is known for its single-player console games such as “Spider-Man” and “God of War”, has outlined ambitious plans to launch the game on PC and mobile and offer a live game service that promises to deliver games to players. Continuously updated play
The big changes were reflected in the latest deal. including the $3.6 billion acquisition of Bungie. The studio behind the multiplayer “Destiny” franchise, which Sony operates outside of the PlayStation Studios network.
Other investments include acquiring a minority stake in Japanese developer FromSoftware. The role-playing game “Elden Ring” has sold more than 16.6 million units.
“You should think first of all about collaboration in game development. But the unthinkable of PlayStation Productions efforts we explored opportunities,” Hulst said of the FromSoftware investment.
Sony is producing a growing number of game adaptations, with this year’s “Uncharted” film grossing over $400 million worldwide. and a television series based on the Naughty Dog studio’s “The Last of Us” franchise that debuts on HBO next year.
Netherlands-based Hulst and tenure in 2019 have overseen the growth of PlayStation Studios to 19 studios, including Nixxes, adding console games to PC, and mobile developer Savage Game Studios.
with the scope of change targeted by the gaming business Analysts expect more deals from Sony.
“I think they will continue to add studios,” said Serkan Toto, founder of consultancy Kantan Games.
The PlayStation studio network’s strengths have been hailed as a key differentiator against Xbox maker Microsoft (AM.N), which is trying to buy Activision Blizzard (ACT.N).
Sony gaming head Jim Ryan has voiced his opposition about the potential impact of the massive $69 billion deal on PlayStation users.
“If Sony can pull off what they do with a single player experience, but (such as) a cross-platform multiplayer experience on PC, on consoles, or even on phones, All bets will be cancelled,” Toto said, pointing to the success of Online games like Fortnite from Epic Games.
Sony’s push to other platforms comes as it tries to make enough of the PlayStation 5 due to supply chain issues. An in-house studio is developing a title for the next-generation PlayStation VR2 headset, which will launch early next year.
The headset, which has attracted investment from players including Facebook parent Meta (FB.N), has yet to break through and become the primary means of gaming. Pricing for the device has not yet been announced.
While “Horizon Forbidden West,” which debuted in February, will be “an open world and that doesn’t necessarily suit PSVR2 games very well,” Sony is designing “on-demand” titles such as “Horizon Call of the Mountain.” As for the system, Hulst said.
Reporting by Sam Nussey; Compiled by Muralikumar Anantaraman
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