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Sony acquires Mobile Studio, which is already working on the first AAA live service game



Sony acquires Mobile Studio, which is already working on the first AAA live service game

Sony has a new member in the family.

PlayStation Studios continues to grow. As Sony announced on the PlayStation Blog, Savage Game Studios will be acquired by Sony. A first game is already in preparation.

Who are Savage Game Studios?

Savage Game Studios was founded in 2020. The teams develop “action games with epic stories” from Berlin and Helsinki (Finland). But even though the studio is still quite young, the developers have a lot of experience developing mobile games. It’s important for Savage Game Studios to leave room for creativity, as CEO and co-founder Michail Katkoff explains in the blog post:

Our guiding vision was a creative space where experimentation and risk-taking are not avoided, but embraced. We’ve all worked at large studios, and while we appreciate the benefits of having expansive resources, we wanted to stay small and nimble so we could rule.

Why do they do the trick? In addition to Sony’s overall support, Katkoff cites two other reasons why they are entering into this agreement with Sony: the respectful approach to their vision and the IP catalog from which they can draw.

How much does recovery cost? The depth to which Sony is digging into the wallet for the purchase of Savage Game Studios was not mentioned. However, the purchase is expected to be made with Sony’s remaining 2022 budget of a good US$10 billion.

All of Sony’s other proprietary studios and what they’re currently working on can be found in the following overview:

PS4PS5: All Sony's proprietary studios + their current projects


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Sonys will focus more on mobile in the future

After Sony brought more of its PlayStation games to PC, they also want to get more involved in the mobile market. Savage Game Studios is part of this offensive, as PlayStation Studios Head Hermen Hulst explains:

Savage Game Studios will be part of a newly created PlayStation Studios Mobile division that will operate independently of our console development and focus on innovative on-the-go experiences based on new and existing PlayStation IP.

While nothing is said about Xbox, Sony’s intention with the acquisition shouldn’t be let down too much by the competition. Microsoft is already investing heavily in the mobile market. One of the reasons why they buy Activision Blizzard:

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By the way, PlayStation’s mobile games should only have “extra character” in order to provide more people with the opportunity to experience their games. In this regard, Hulst reiterated that this effort leaves other areas untouched. This refers to both the commitment to the community and the “passion to continue developing great single-player experiences with an engaging story”.

The first AAA mobile game is already in the works

Sony and Savage Game Studios don’t want to dither. So far it is only a “definitive agreement to take over”, but the first joint game for mobile devices is already in the works. They haven’t revealed much about it other than that it’s an “unannounced premium action game with a live service for mobile devices.”

What are your hopes for Sony’s mobile offensive?

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