In gaming news, Sony announced today that it has purchased another game studio, this time Savage Game Studios. Earlier this year, they announced they had bought Bungie Studios in a $3.6 billion deal, but the deal for Savage Game Studios is expected to be significantly lower.
While Bungie will continue working on Destiny 2 and likely other live games that will be exclusive to Playstation. Savage Game Studios, on the other hand, was purchased to bolster its efforts in the mobile sector.
Sony Mobile Games Division
Along with announcing their new purchase, Sony took the opportunity to marry it off with another announcement about their efforts to earn a bigger slice of the mobile gaming pie. Sony has created its own mobile games division, with the aim of operating completely separately from the divisions that handle their PC and console efforts.
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It’s not particularly a surprise, given that mobile gaming accounts for the majority of video game revenue these days, that the gaming giant wants to get involved on a massive scale.
I am delighted to welcome Savage Game Studios. They join a new independent mobile division of PlayStation studios whose mission is to reach even more new players around the world. Michail and his team are already working on something awesome; I can’t wait for them to show you. https://t.co/61HpPOmFvs
—Hermen Hulst (@hermenhulst) August 29, 2022
This new division is an obvious move, with Sony’s recent announcements that “it wants half of its games to be on PC and mobile by 2025” in a move that should see “significant growth in the number of people who play our games,” according to Sony Interactive Entertainment president Jim Ryan.
As Sony tries to turn its biggest IPs into media companies, with series like Uncharted getting a recent adaptation starring Tom Holland, and their recent open-world zombie game Days Gone currently in development for the screen, this paints a picture of maximum exposure for the company, especially when you factor in their push for previously console-exclusive games now appearing on PC.
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Wild Game Studios
The studio’s co-founders are not without merit in the industry, having previously worked at mobile giant Zynga, the creators of Marvel’s Spider-Man Insomniac Games and Wargaming. Surprisingly, the studio has yet to develop any mobile games, so this recent acquisition should be a huge sign of confidence in Sony’s studio.
The studio received $4.4 million in funding last year for its upcoming “AAA first-person shooter.” Whether Sony’s recent purchase will alter the studio’s development priorities is yet to be seen, but it probably won’t be long before we see Savage Game Studios’ first foray into the mobile market appear on our app stores.
While not as big as the Bungie acquisition, it’s a big statement of intent from Sony. But will you be playing any of the mobile games Sony will be developing under its new division?
Source: The edge