Sony is doing very well in the gaming industry lately. The PS5 has already shipped over 46.6 million units in less than three years and has a library of over 2500 games, making it arguably the best home console.
While Sony is known for releasing the best single-player games, they have recently shifted their interest to live service games. The company has already invested over 2 billion in research and development in the live service genre.
However, recent reports have suggested that Sony is struggling with the genre because of the lack of experience. This may be true since Sony has confirmed they are already delaying half of the planned live service games.
Why it matters: Various live service games have failed in 2023. Sony’s live service developer, Bungie, has also struggled recently.
During a recent financial earnings call, Sony president Hiroki Totoki talked about these live service games. He confirmed that half of the titles would be delayed for quality assurance.
The president said:
“Out of the 12 titles, six titles will be released by FY25.”
Since most live service games are a hit or a miss, Sony is doing its best to reassess these projects, hoping to create games that can be played for multiple years. The president also confirmed that these games would not be limited to a single genre.
Recent reports have also suggested that Sony is working with Bandai Namco and Sega to revive classic IPs since they don’t want to rely too much on these live service projects.
We believe this is a gamble from Sony. If it works out, PlayStation will reap benefits for many years to come. However, as seen with recent live service failures, the experiment could also backfire.
With The Last of Us Multiplayer already struggling, it remains to be seen if the other games will live up to PlayStation’s standards.
Apart from Sony, Warner Bros has recently confirmed its commitment to live service projects. Therefore, it seems this will be an increasingly popular trend for the industry moving forward.
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