PlayStation is planning an expansion into mobile games and apps.
The news was revealed thanks to a set of investor relations documents published on May 26. Within the document, Sony Interactive Entertainment CEO Jim Ryan talks about future expansions into the “services, mobile and social arenas,” potentially using existing Sony first-party IP.
“We have been thinking about how players enjoy our content, and have had some early success with experimenting with mobile games and apps to provide more choice to gamers,” Ryan notes. More specifically, he points out that PlayStation’s roster of first-party IP “can transition to smartphone gaming and complement our AAA games or live service games”.
“We are exploring the mobile market with some wonderful PlayStation franchises so please stay tuned,” Ryan says. It’s not clear what franchises will be part of these mobile experiments or how these projects will take shape, but it seems fair to expect more mobile experiences from PlayStation in the future, as part of a push to “welcome millions of new gamers to the PlayStation family”.
Ryan also mentions PlayStation’s recent investment in Discord as an example of the “convergence of Social and Entertainment,”
Of course, this wouldn’t be the first time that one of the big three platform holders has made leaps into the mobile market. Nintendo recently revealed a new partnership with Niantic, which will kickstart with a Pikmin AR Game.
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