Simply yesterday, Sony introduced they had been making “several” live service games however now we have now a determine so as to add to that assertion. Throughout a convention name to accompany their newest monetary outcomes, Sony CFO Hiroki Totoki confirmed they’re aiming to launch greater than ten reside service video games by 2026 with the assistance of Bungie, their most not too long ago acquired studio.
Why Sony acquired Bungie
One of many major causes for Sony buying Bungie was so they might use “the experience and expertise that Bungie has developed within the reside recreation companies space”. Whereas PlayStation Studios is not going to transfer away from single-player titles, not less than for now, they’re intending to interrupt into the world of reside service video games. The goal is to launch greater than 10 reside service video games earlier than the tip of fiscal 12 months 2025, which is on March 31, 2026.
Another excuse for buying Bungie was so Sony might purchase the Future franchise and “main new IP that Bungie is presently creating“. Nonetheless, Sony has beforehand stated that Bungie will resolve whether or not their video games might be unique to PlayStation or whether or not they go for the extra possible state of affairs of keeping their games on multiple platforms. Totoki stated Sony now views “the deployment of our recreation IP on a number of platforms as a significant development alternative for Sony”, a principle buoyed by the success of video games like Horizon Zero Daybreak, Days Gone and God of Warfare on PC. Bungie will assist Sony to succeed in new gamers on platforms like Xbox that had been beforehand unreachable.
Opinion: This isn’t the tip of single-player exclusives
A transfer into reside service video games doesn’t imply Sony will neglect all about their first-party single-player PlayStation exclusives. Horizon Forbidden West and Gran Turismo 7 are because of be launched imminently, and there are a lot extra video games in growth: God of Warfare Ragnarok, Marvel’s Spider-Man 2, Marvel’s Wolverine, Horizon Name of the Mountain, and Star Wars: Knights of the Outdated Republic Remake to call a number of. There are additionally third-party exclusives like Ghostwire: Tokyo. With reside service proving to be extremely profitable for corporations like EA and Ubisoft, I don’t blame Sony for increasing their choices.