Following the news that Sony is buying Bungie, a Sony boss says to absolutely expect more acquisitions – news confirmed in a new interview.
“We should absolutely expect more,” Ryan said to GamesIndustry.biz. “We are by no means done. With PlayStation, we have a long way to go. I will personally be spending a lot of my time with Pete and the team at Bungie, helping make sure that everything beds down right and that autonomy means autonomy. But elsewhere in the organisation, we have many more moves to make.”
Ryan suggests the Bungie acquisition will help boost their attempts at live-service, multiplatform games, as well as strengthens their attempts at bringing their games to movie and TV adaptations.
“I’ve been on record talking about increasing the size of the PlayStation community, and expanding beyond our historic console heartland. This can take many forms. And definitely one of the main ones is the ability for the wonderful games that we’ve been making over the past 25 years to be enjoyed in different places and played in different ways,” Ryan said. “We are starting to go multiplatform, you’ve seen that. We have an aggressive road map with live services. And the opportunity to work with, and particularly learn from, the brilliant and talented people from Bungie… that is going to considerably accelerate the journey we find ourselves on.”
He added, “Philosophically, this isn’t about pulling things into the PlayStation world. This is about building huge and wonderful new worlds together.”
While the Sony boss says to absolutely expect more acquisitions, it’s become known that the new acquisition of Bungie is not in response to Microsoft buying Activision Blizzard, as Ryan notes.
“These conversations have been a number of months in gestation, and certainly pre-date the activity that we have seen this year,” Ryan said. “From our perspective, this is really doing what we feel is right for PlayStation, and what we feel is the right thing to do to drive PlayStation to places we’ve never been before.”