PlayStation Studios President Hermen Hulst in a recent interview with the portal axios commented on Sony Interactive Entertainment’s (SIE) growing interest in the game services segment.
Recall that the Japanese platform owner announced last May that it plans to release 12 game services by the end of fiscal year 2025 (i.e. by the April 2026 calendar year), up from just three for the current fiscal year.
According to Hulst, the expansion of its presence in the gaming services market is a diversification of the Sony Interactive Entertainment catalog and not a change in the direction of its core business.
Some of these 12 projects will be created in already familiar universes, while others will take players to entirely new worlds. Service Games for HER are now being developed by Naughty Dog, Guerrilla Games, Haven Studios and the team at Firewalk Studios.
SHE doesn’t forget her legacy either: “We’ve historically had a reputation for making incredible story-driven single-player games like The Last of Us, Horizon and the upcoming God of War Ragnarok.”.
Hulst added that some of these Sony projects are among the most profitable for them, so they won’t abandon them: many of the leading developers in SIE want and will continue to make single-player games.
They don’t plan to give up PS4 in SIE just yet. Hulst mentioned that the company “Don’t want to forget the millions of active players” on this console, but releases for it will be decided on a case-by-case basis.