It’s been well over a year since Sony announced its plans to have as many as 12 live service games up and running by 2026. For players, that’s still a good while off, but in terms of game development, it’s not long. At the time of the announcement, Sony had just announced its purchase of Bungie… a company known for its live service games.
Recently, the head of PlayStation Studios, Hermen Hulst, has been talking a bit more about the company’s plans for live service titles. In a discussion with Games Industry, he discussed Sony’s latest developer acquisition, Firewalk, and how the company plans to do more than one type of live service game.
According to Hulst, Sony understands that in “generic terms” live service games translate to a specific type of game for a lot of people – something like… say…. Fortnite, but the company isn’t looking at just doing that. They’re wanting to spread out, focus on more than one genre, and create games at varying scales and with release schedules appropriate to them. The idea is to create something for a variety of audiences.
Ideally, this is the smart move, as appealing to a broad audience generally is when you’re hoping to keep bringing in money. Of course, it’s going to be a while before we really see how their plans are implemented.
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QuintLyn is a long-time lover of all things video game related will happily talk about them to anyone that will listen. She began writing about games for various gaming sites a little over ten years ago and has taken on various roles in the games community.
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