Sony is planning over 10 live service games to be released by March 2026, the company announced in a new investor presentation this week.
The news that Sony is planning over 10 live service games comes via Sony exec Hiroki Totoki in the new investors meeting, a big push from the company alongside their new acquisition of developer Bungie.
“The strategic significance of this acquisition lies not only in obtaining the highly successful Destiny franchise, as well as a major new IP Bungie is currently developing, but also incorporating into the Sony group the expertise and technologies Bungie has developed in the live game services space,” Totoki said in the presentation (via Eurogamer).
He added, “We intend to utilise these strengths when developing game IP at PlayStation Studios as we expand into the live game services area.”
Totoki then went on to note just how much they’re looking to push always-online, live service games in their near-future.
“Through close collaboration between Bungie and PlayStation Studios we aim to launch more than 10 live service games by the fiscal year ending March 2026,” Totoki said.
This is a big departure from the company known for publishing predominantly single-player, “cinematic” experiences meant to rival Hollywood-like experiences.
What could the new games entail? One release is probably Naughty Dog’s The Last of Us Part II multiplayer component, which they’re still claiming is actually happening. Another is the aforementioned new Bungie IP, which we know is code-named “Matter.”
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