Sony is preparing a big step forward in mobile gaming – with the biggest PlayStation games, the key to the effort.
A job posting for head of mobile, PlayStation Studios, SIE, reveals the successful candidate “is focused on successfully adapting the most popular PlayStation franchises for mobile.”
“You will be responsible for building and scaling a team of mobile leaders and will be the head of this new business unit within PlayStation Studios.”
So what should we expect? Well, the most popular PlayStation 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. Maybe we’ll see mobile iterations as a result of this new push. Don’t hold your breath, however. The job posting indicates that a roadmap will need to be developed for a period of three to five years.
Sony already has a mobile publishing label called PlayStation Mobile, Inc. which released likes like PlayStation app, PS Remote Play app, Endless Sackboy Run! Run !, top to bottom puzzle game Uncharted: Fortune Hunter, AR God of War app | Mimir’s Vision and a handful of PlayStation 4 PlayLink titles, such as Hidden Agenda from Supermassive and Erica from Flavourworks.
Interestingly, Sony has also used PlayStation Mobile, Inc. to release PlayStation games on PC, such as Horizon, Everybody’s Gone to the Rapture, and Upcoming Days Gone.
And who can forget the Xperia Play? This hybrid phone / handheld console produced by Sony Ericsson was once nicknamed 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 Siphon Filter.
Mobile gaming is of course big business. Pokémon Go, Candy Crush, PUBG, Genshin Impact, and Roblox all gross hundreds of millions of pounds per month. I imagine Sony is craving a slice of this lucrative pie.
The news comes on the heels of a Bloomberg report claiming that Sony has a “blockbuster obsession” that “caused unrest” in PlayStation studios. As part of this report, we found out that Naughty Dog is working on a remake of The Last of Us and Sony Bend is working on a brand new game and not Days Gone 2.