Just yesterday Sony announced that they would be making “several” live service games, but now we have a number to add to that statement. During a conference call at their latest financial results, Sony CFO Hiroki Totoki confirmed that they aim to launch more than ten live service games by 2026 with the help of Bungie, their most recently acquired studio.
Why Sony Acquired Bungie
One of the main reasons Sony acquired Bungie was that they “the expertise and technology Bungie has developed in the live game services spacee”. While PlayStation Studios will not be waiving single-player titles for the time being, they plan to break into the world of live service games. The goal is to release more than 10 live service games before the end of the season. the fiscal year 2025, which is March 31, 2026.
Another reason for the Bungie acquisition was that Sony was able to acquire the Destiny franchise and “major new IP that Bungie is currently develop“. However, Sony has previously said Bungie will decide whether their games will be PlayStation exclusives or whether they will go for the more likely scenario of keeping their games on multiple platforms. Totoki said that Sony now “deploying our game IP across multiple platforms as a big opportunity for Sony,” a theory supported by the success of games like Horizon Zero Dawn, Days Gone and God of War on PC. Bungie will help Sony reach new players on platforms like Xbox that were previously unreachable.
Opinion: This is not the end of the single player exclusives
A move to live-service games doesn’t mean Sony will completely forget about their first-party single-player PlayStation exclusives. Horizon Forbidden West and Gran Turismo 7 are coming soon, with many more games in development: God of War Ragnarok, Marvel’s Spider-Man 2, Marvel’s Wolverine, Horizon Call of the Mountain and Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic Remake just to name a few. There are also exclusive third-party products such as Ghostwire: Tokyo. With live service proving to be incredibly lucrative for companies like EA and Ubisoft, I don’t blame Sony for expanding their options.