In January 2022, Sony announced the acquisition of Destiny 2 maker Bungie for $3.6 billion. A week later, at the quarterly financial results briefing, Sony CFO Hiroki Totoki revealed that PlayStation plans to launch more than 10 Live Service games with Bungie by March 2026. Helping the company in space. In an earnings call today, Totoki reported that of its 12 live service games, it will release only six in fiscal 2025, ending March 2026. Video Games Chronicle.
Earlier this year, Bloomberg Bungie is reportedly evaluating some of PlayStation’s development offerings, including the Naughty Dogs Last of Us multiplayer project, which is reportedly on ice. The assessment seems to have caused Sony to rethink its approach, as the company has delayed at least six live service games.
“We’re looking into this… trying our best to make sure (these games) are enjoyed and loved by gamers for a long time,” Totoki said on the earnings call. VGC. “(Of) 12 titles, six titles will be released (FY 2025). Those are our current plans. We are still working on the remaining six titles.”
Totoki continued, “It’s the total number of live service and multiplayer titles (and) in the mid-to-long term we want to (push) this kind of service and that’s the company’s unchanging policy. It’s not like we’re sticking to a few titles, but the quality of gameplay should be the most important (thing).”
In terms of PlayStation multiplayer offerings, we know that it acquired Firewalk Studios in April to develop a AAA multiplayer game, and that the next-to-last game will one day be released, a project similar to Multiplayer Factions. Rumors have Guerrilla Games working on some sort of online multiplayer game set. Additionally, Bungie is working on Marathon and it will be released on PlayStation 5, which is also coming to Xbox Series X/S and PC.
Only time will tell which of the six Live Service games PS5 owners will be playing by March 2026, and which have been pushed beyond that.
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(Source: Video Games Chronicle)
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