Over the weekend, two interesting bits of news hit the airwaves regarding Sony. First, late on Friday afternoon, Jason Schreier (writing for Bloomberg) broke some important Sony news. And while social media was buzzing with the fact that the article seemingly confirmed that a remake of the original The Last Of Us (why!?) was underway and Days Gone 2 was not being made, the more significant news (and point of the piece) was regarding the apparent ‘new’ direction Sony would be taking with new games. In short, Sony is keen to focus on “blockbusters” from their keystone development teams (like Naughty Dog for example). And so the concern is, that smaller teams, working on more specialised and usually more unique content will gradually fall by the wayside as was seemingly the case with the Visual Arts Service Group breakaway team that is the focus of Schreier’s article. It really is really worth a read.
Also over the last 72 hours or so, a new Sony job listing was spotted. The position is for the Head of Mobile, PlayStation Studios, SIE. The job description explains that the person taking the role would need to “focus on successfully adapting PlayStation’s most popular franchises for mobile” and will be tasked with “partner[ing] with PlayStation Studios Leadership Team to develop [a] mobile product roadmap for a 3-5-year time frame”. Of course, we all know that mobile gaming is a huge moneymaker and so it makes sense that Sony would be keen to get a bigger piece of that pie. However, whether you agree with it or not, mobile games often have a very negative connotation (especially for PC and console gamers used to the more traditional format) and so it’s just another bit of news that (so far hasn’t and) isn’t likely to show PlayStation in a good light. Check out this Eurogamer article for more details about Sony’s mobile push.