Who has less education than Xbox? Play station. And who still wants to take over the studies? PlayStation (and Xbox). The two don’t really give each other anything when it comes to “investment,” though Microsoft’s Xbox department clearly has their pockets deep in the sum. Following the acquisition of Haven, Sony Interactive Entertainment now has more than 18 developers. And there is no end in sight for acquisitions.
While Sony didn’t “earthquake” like Microsoft and bought publishers like Activision and Bethesda, PlayStation acquisitions are enticing:
Destiny and Halo creators Bungie, Demon’s Souls remake studio Bluepoint Games, Returnal developer Housemarque, and PC porting specialists Nixxes Software and Firesprite.
Jim Ryan: More studio acquisitions are definitely possible
On the latest PlayStation Podcast (Thanks VGC) confirmed the president of the SIE Jim Ryanthat there is still “more hunger” for other developer studios.
“We are in a very good place with PlayStation Studios and have been for several years. The critical and commercial success of the games they’ve created… that’s given us permission to invest heavily in content creation.”
He added: “We are growing our studios organically and we are growing through acquisitions. We have acquired five studios over the course of 2021, are in discussions with Bungie and have more planned. This puts us in a virtuous circle where success breeds success.”
There’s also no repeated news on the podcast: PlayStation won’t be bringing day one releases for PS PLUS, even with the new models. Such a setup would affect the quality of games, says Ryan: “Putting games on a subscription service as soon as they are released would break the virtuous cycle and we wouldn’t be able to invest in the way we currently do. So we don’t. We will stick to our approach, which has served us well for many years.”
Microsoft, Sony, Tencent and Co were busy in 2021. A total of $85 billion was spent on studio and publisher acquisitions. By 2022, after the deal with Microsoft’s Activision, the total is expected to reach $150 billion, according to a Reuters report. presented.