Following the announcement that Sony has acquired Halo and Future developer Bungie, PlayStation CEO Jim Ryan has said that followers ought to anticipate extra acquisitions sooner or later. Whereas Ryan himself might be working with builders at Bungie to make sure the studio retains its autonomy, he additionally reveals that there are “many extra strikes to make” in different components of the group. Moreover, Ryan additionally assures followers that the acquisition isn’t about turning multiplatform franchises into PlayStation exclusives.
Jim Ryan: PlayStation acquisitions are a couple of “shared imaginative and prescient”
The acquisition comes within the wake of one other gargantuan deal late final month: Microsoft’s acquisition of gaming big Activision Blizzard. After information broke out of Sony’s personal deal with Bungie, some followers assumed that it was the corporate’s response to what seemed to be a mounting rivalry between the 2 console giants. Nonetheless, in an interview with Gamesindustry.com, Jim Ryan said that the studio acquisition had “nothing to do” with trade consolidation.
Somewhat, Ryan says that the deal emerged from a shared imaginative and prescient between Sony and Bungie, and the opportunity of doing higher collectively.
We have now created some fantastic properties over the course of the final 25 years, with characters that folks love and resonate the world over. Providing the chance to take pleasure in these experiences in a very completely different manner is one thing that we’re very enthusiastic about. I can’t go into particulars right now, however we’ve a very wonderful roadmap on how to try this.
From our perspective, that is actually doing what we really feel is true for PlayStation, and what we really feel is the correct factor to do to drive PlayStation to locations we’ve by no means been earlier than.
This, after all, additionally ties into Sony’s objectives of making live-service video games. Nonetheless, Ryan additionally notes that Sony “isn’t achieved” with simply the Bungie acquisition. Whether or not which means a brand new first-party studio underneath their PlayStation Studios umbrella, or one other acquisition stays to be seen. One factor is for sure, although: Sony isn’t going to relaxation on laurels this time.
In different information, PS4 and PS5 consoles are lastly getting Discord integration after Sony introduced it was partnering with the corporate earlier final yr. Sony additionally revealed that the following State of Play will go stay on the start of February and give attention to the upcoming Gran Turismo 7.