Sony Acquires Mobile Game Studio, Plans AAA Action Release

There was a time when to get a first-party PlayStation title, a gamer would have to own a Sony console. Now, it seems that this idea is being slowly phased out, as more and more PlayStation exclusives are being brought to PC, expanding the roster of hardware that can play games created by the blue brand. Marvel’s Spider-Man is the most recent PlayStation exclusive to be brought to PC, and before long The Last of Us: Part 1 will also be available for mouse and keyboard users.

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However, it seems that Sony doesn’t want to stop at just bringing its older titles to PC. Last year, gamers speculated that Sony could be looking into the mobile gaming market, as a patent was spotted for a new PlayStation mobile controller. Now, Sony has announced its new PlayStation Studios Mobile division, which will focus on creating games for handheld devices. Also, it has been revealed that German developer Savage Game Studios has been acquired by Sony as part of this new division.

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Savage Game Studios is a relatively new development company, being founded back in 2020. However, it seems that PlayStation has high hopes for the studio, as it will reportedly be working on a new AAA action title. Also, Savage Game Studios does have some experienced developers at its helm, being co-founded by veteran video game creators formerly employed at Rovio, Zynga, and Insomniac. The studio itself, as one could probably tell from its name, is focused on creating action games that also feature narrative experiences.

Regarding the upcoming AAA action title, so far PlayStation hasn’t given fans much in terms of details, but according to PlayStation Studios head Hermen Hulst, the game will be a live-service release. Hulst didn’t reveal anything like a prospective release date, but he did say that he is “excited for what [Savage Game Studios] will be able to do.” For those concerned that Sony is moving away from its console developments to create more mobile games, Hulst had some words of reassurance. “Our efforts beyond console in no way diminish our commitment to the PlayStation community,” Hulst said and followed by reaffirming PlayStation’s commitment to make more single-player experiences.

It seems that for the foreseeable future, PlayStation certainly has some exciting single-player releases set for 2022 and 2023, including God of War: Ragnarok and Marvel’s Spider-Man 2. As well, Sony has a whole host of other single-player franchises it could lean on beyond those releases, including the Horizon games and The Last of Us, should Naughty Dog create another entry in that series. It seems that PlayStation’s growth into mobile titles won’t threaten the production of console releases, then. If anything, there could be some interesting new games coming from PlayStation Studios Mobile, including a rumored standalone Destiny mobile title.

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