PlayStation expands into mobile with purchase of Savage games
PlayStation has inked a deal to purchase Savage Game Studios, which will join the company’s newly created PlayStation Studios Mobile Division.
Hermen Hulst, head of PlayStation Studios, broke the news in a post on PlayStation’s official blog, where they elaborate on the rationale behind the acquisition. According to Hulst, Savage consists of “a team of extremely talented creatives with a wealth of experience in creating some of the most popular mobile games enjoyed by gamers around the world”. Hulst went on to describe how the group was formed with the aim of “fearlessly exploring bold new ideas,” a company credo that makes them an ideal partner for PlayStation as they expand into the mobile gaming market.
Headquartered in Germany and Finland, Savage Game Studios was founded in 2020 by Michail Katkoff, Nadjim Adjir and Michael McManus. As detailed on the company’s website, the group’s mission is to “develop action games with epic stories to foster lasting connections with gamers around the world,” which seems a natural fit with Hulst’s goal of “amazing, to create narrative single-player experiences”. In the post, Katkoff was given the opportunity to introduce his company to the PlayStation community and share her feelings about the partnership.
“Our guiding vision was a creative space where experimentation and risk were not cautiously avoided but eagerly embraced,” explained Katkoff. They continued, “We made this deal because we believe PlayStation Studios respects our vision of how we can best function and thrive, and because they’re not afraid to take risks either.”
According to Hulst, PlayStation Studios Mobile Division will operate independently from the company’s console division to develop “innovative experiences on the go based on new and existing PlayStation IP.” It was also stressed that PlayStation’s expansion into mobile gaming would not detract from the company’s other goals, including its single-player IPs and efforts to launch select titles such as PlayStation 4 Marvel’s Spider-Man to the PC. Hulst also teased that Savage Game Studios is working on an unannounced triple-A live service mobile action game.
PlayStation has several high profile titles in the works including God of War: Ragnarokwhich launches on November 9th for PS5, and Horizon call of the mountain, which will use PlayStation’s upcoming VR2 system. That Uncharted: Legacy of Thieves Collection, which includes Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End and a remastered version of Uncharted: The Lost Legacy, will also be released for PC, although there is no confirmed release date yet.
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