Sony hasn’t done much with PlayStation game franchises unless you count one-offs like Uncharted: Fortune Hunter, but that might change soon.
Eurogamer has noticed that Sony is hiring an executive at PlayStation Studios to bring PlayStation’s “most popular franchises” to mobile. While the listing unsurprisingly doesn’t mention titles or timeframes. The new Head of Mobile would develop a three- to five-year strategy.
Sony’s PlayStation is all set for smartphones.
Sony PlayStation game is all about popularity
Between its Japanese development arm ForwardWorks and failed initiatives like PlayStation Mobile. There’s no question Sony has been looking for ways to leverage its biggest brands on mobile for some time. Now it looks like it’s in the early stages of establishing a new department within its PlayStation Studios infrastructure, with a focus on converting its key franchises to smartphones.
A job listing for a Head of Mobile role, situated at the company’s headquarters in San Mateo. It states that candidates will “own and develop the mobile game strategy for PlayStation Studios. Furthermore, help build a foundation for future growth opportunities.”
It continues: “You will lead all aspects of the expansion of our game development from consoles and PCs to mobile and live services with a focus on successfully adapting. PlayStation’s most popular franchises for mobile.”
Sony PlayStation game existence in SmartPhone arena
Interestingly, Sony has also used PlayStation Mobile, Inc. to publish PlayStation games on PC, such as Horizon, Everybody’s Gone to the Rapture, and the upcoming Days Gone.
And who can forget the Xperia Play? This phone/handheld console hybrid produced by Sony Ericsson was once dubbed the “PlayStation Phone” and launched in 2011 with 60 games, some of which were PlayStation classics. These included Cool Boarders 2, Destruction Derby, MediEvil, and Syphon Filter.
The Bottom Line
So, what should we expect? Well, PlayStation’s most popular franchises include Naughty Dog’s Uncharted and The Last of Us series, Polyphony’s Gran Turismo, Sony Santa Monica’s God of War, and Insomniac’s Ratchet & Clank. Perhaps we’ll see mobile iterations as a result of this new push. Don’t hold your breath, though. The job ad says a roadmap will need to be developed for a three to five-year timeframe.
The news comes hot on the heels of a Bloomberg report that claims Sony has an “obsession with blockbusters” that was “stirring unrest” within PlayStation’s studios. As part of that report we discovered Naughty Dog is working on a The Last of Us remake and Sony Bend is working on a brand new game and not Days Gone 2.