As part of Sony’s push into mobile gaming, the company has formed a mobile division of PlayStation Studios that will operate separately from console game development. According to a press release, the new team will create mobile games using “existing and new PlayStation IPs.”
Sony’s move to form a mobile gaming division aligns with the company’s overall goal of extending its intellectual property to PC and mobile games, as well as TV series and movies. Earlier this year, Sony announced that it wants half of its games on PC and mobile by 2025, with Sony Interactive Entertainment president Jim Ryan stating that it could result in “significant growth in the number of people who play our games.” The company is also looking to expand into live service gaming, games like Fortnite, rocket leagueeither destiny 2 which are continually updated to keep players interested, with their acquisition of Bungie for $3.6 billion.
To help round out its new mobile division, Sony also acquired Savage Game Studios, whose co-founders previously worked at Zynga, Insomniac, and Wargaming. It doesn’t appear that the studio has released any games yet, but it received $4.4 million in funding for a mobile shooter last year. The press release expands on this a bit, noting that the studio is currently working on “an unannounced new AAA live-service action game,” but offers no additional details on what to expect.
Herman Hulst, director of PlayStation Studios, the company said “proud” of their “upcoming PC releases” which should give gamers without a Playstation console the chance to experience games like Uncharted Collection: Legacy of Thieves Y marvel spider man. “Our mobile gaming efforts will be equally additive, providing more ways for more people to engage with our content,” she said, “and striving to reach new audiences unfamiliar with PlayStation and our games.”
More major game companies are looking to bring their games to mobile devices, a tactic that has so far paid off for some studios. In June, data from Sensor Tower showed that the mobile version of Genshin Impact grossed $154 million in gross receipts, with PUBG mobile Y pokememon go close behind. Take-Two tapped into the mobile market with the acquisition of Zynga in January, while Activision plans to bring Call of Duty Warzone to mobile too.
I am delighted to welcome Savage Game Studios. They join a new independent mobile division of PlayStation Studios whose mission is to reach more new players around the world. Michail and his team are already working on something great; I can’t wait until they can show it to you. https://t.co/61HpPOmFvs
— Hermen Hulst (@hermenhulst) August 29, 2022