Sony still has plans to purchase more studios, despite acquiring Bungie and Haven within the last two months.
Sony Interactive Entertainment president Jim Ryan said on the Official PlayStation Podcast that Sony’s first-party success has allowed it to invest into more studios.
“We’re in a really good place with PlayStation Studios right now, and we have been for the past few years,” he said. “The critical success and the commercial success of the games that they’ve been making, that has given us permission to invest heavily in content creation.
“We’re growing our studios organically and we’re growing through acquisition. We acquired five studios during the course of 2021. We’re in discussions with Bungie and we have more planned. This is getting us into a cycle, a virtuous cycle where success begets success.”
This organic growth has been seen Sony acquire seven studios since the beginning of 2021, headlined by its $3.6 billion purchase of Destiny developer Bungie in February, for a total of 18 in-house developers.
This investment into new studios is also the reason Sony isn’t including first-party games in its updated PlayStation Plus tiers, Ryan recently explained. “If we were to do that with the games that we make at PlayStation Studios, that virtuous cycle will be broken,” he said last month (something he reiterated in the podcast).
“The level of investment that we need to make in our studios would not be possible, and we think the knock-on effect on the quality of the games that we make would not be something that gamers want.”
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