Sony is expanding into mobile gaming by acquiring mobile developer Savage Game Studios. As part of the movement, Sony announced that it has established the PlayStation Mobile Division.
Sony has been slowly dipping its toes out of its normal comfort zone of console exclusives in recent years, mainly by porting its first-party titles to PC. The success of these titles has been such that the company even acquired a dedicated PC port studio, Nixxes Software, to push this initiative forward. While there have been a few select Sony games on mobile, like the oft-forgotten Uncharted: Fortune Hunter, the company has been absent from the platform.
As detailed in playstation blog by PlayStation Studios boss Hermen Hulst, the company has signed an agreement to acquire Savage Game Studios. Hulst says: “As we assured you earlier with our plans to bring select titles to PC, our efforts beyond console in no way diminish our commitment to the PlayStation community, nor our passion to continue making amazing single-player experiences. narrative-driven… Our mobile gaming efforts will be similarly additive, providing more ways for people to engage with our content and striving to reach new audiences unfamiliar with PlayStation and our games.”
Savage Game Studios is the first to join PlayStation Studios’ new mobile division that will operate independently of Sony’s console divisions. They will be responsible for developing “innovative, on-the-fly experiences based on new and existing PlayStation IPs.”
The post concludes by announcing that Savage Game Studio is already in the process of developing a new AAA mobile service live action game. As for whether or not this will be a new IP or use an existing Sony IP remains unclear, and there was no mention of when more details will be revealed.
The mobile gaming market is the largest in the gaming industry, and as Sony has found great success in expanding into the PC market, it seems like a natural move for it to want to capitalize on this market as well. The creation of an entire mobile division certainly makes it clear that this is an important initiative for Sony going forward.