PlayStation aims to launch ‘more than 10’ live service games in next 4 years
With its acquisition of Bungie and the studio’s marquee franchise, PlayStation is looking to diversify its first-party portfolio with plans to launch “more than 10” new live service games by March 2026.
That’s according to Sony CFO Hiroki Totoki, who told investors that PlayStation will accomplish this through “close collaboration with Bungie and the PlayStation Studios” (via IGN) during the company’s latest earnings call.
Totoki said that the “global game content market doubled” between 2014 and 2021, with add-on content revenue from live service titles growing “at an average annual rate of 15 percent during this period.”
While it’s easy to be skeptical of Sony Interactive Entertainment president Jim Ryan’s claims that Bungie’s titles would remain multiplatform, Totoki shone further light on the acquisition.
“The strategic significance of this acquisition lies not only in obtaining the highly successful Destiny franchise as well as major new IP that Bungie is currently developing, but also in incorporating into the Sony group the expertise and technologies that Bungie has developed in the live game services space,” Totoki stated. “We intend to utilize these strengths when developing game IP at the PlayStation Studios, as we expand into the live game services area.”
Totoki also hinted that, while these live service titles will be developed by PlayStation studios, Sony intends to “acquire new users and increased engagement on platforms other than PlayStation.” Whether that’s a reference to a more PlayStation titles launching on PC, or if more first-party titles will make their way to Xbox or Nintendo platforms, remains to be seen.
No details about what those live service games will be were revealed. However, we do know that Bungie is working on a new IP, as well as continuing work on Destiny 2 expansions, with The Witch Queen set to launch in a few weeks. Another live service possibility is the multiplayer spin-off for The Last of Us Part II that Naughty Dog is currently staffing up for.