Sony launches ‘PlayStation Studios Mobile’ with Savage Game acquisition

Sony is making a push into mobile gaming with the launch of PlayStation Studios Mobile and the acquisition of Savage Game Studios, the company announced. Sony said the new studio will “provide more ways for more people to engage with our content and strive to reach new audiences unfamiliar with PlayStation and our games.”

Savage Game Studio doesn’t seem to have produced any games yet, but its co-founders have been involved with mobile franchises clash of clans and Angry Birds. It will join PlayStation Studios Mobile, which will operate separately from its console division and create “new experiences” based on PlayStation IP and franchises. Savage is also currently working on a “new unannounced triple-A live service mobile action game,” though it didn’t provide any further details.

As a console maker, Sony has a delicate balancing act with mobile first and foremost, much like entering PC gaming with titles like Uncharted: Legacy of Thieves Collection. To that end, it’s important to note that any efforts beyond console “in no way diminish our commitment to the PlayStation community.”

At the same time, Sony undoubtedly felt the pressure to enter the very lucrative mobile space. Mikhail Katkoff, CEO and co-founder of Savage Game Studios, said that Sony’s PlayStation Studios “respects our vision of how we can best function and thrive” and will let them “leverage PlayStation’s amazing catalog of IP”. In that sense, Sony could go down the same path that Nintendo took when launching it Mario Kart, animal crossing, fire sign and other mobile franchises.

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