Sony Looks to be Interested in Acquiring New Game Studios Ahead of PS5 Release

Sony Looks to be Interested in Acquiring New Game Studios Ahead of PS5 Release

Sony could be looking to bolster its first-party slate before the PS5 arrives next year.

Microsoft has been picking up quite a number of studios over the past year or so, but up until now, the company’s direct competitor in Sony has yet to add any new developers to its own slate of Worldwide Studios in recent history. However, it seems like this soon could be ending if a new statement from SIE’s Jim Ryan is any indication.

In a translation from Gematsu, Ryan recently told Nihon Keizai Shimbun that Sony is seemingly looking to acquire more developers in the future. Ryan cited the advent of Google in the gaming space as one of the reasons why Sony would look to bolster its first-party offerings moving forward. He stated that “content is becoming more important than ever before,” in regards to the upcoming competition with other companies.

“Companies new to the games industry looking at the market with hope is something we definitely welcome,” Ryan went on to say. “Sony Interactive Entertainment has 25 years of experience in the games industry and has big assets.”

As for what companies Sony could be looking to acquire, well, that’s the big question. Perhaps more than any other platform holder in the industry, Sony is consistently working with a variety of second-party partners that publish games exclusively on their platform even though Sony doesn’t own said developers. Marvel’s Spider-Man in 2018 is a good example of this along with more recent releases like Judgment from Sega and RGG Studio. However, that doesn’t mean that the developers Sony has worked with closely in the past in this way are shoe-ins to potentially brought into the Worldwide Studios family.

It’s hard to know just who might be in play to be acquired, assuming Sony does decide to actually make an acquisition, but it’s definitely interesting to know that the company is looking to bolster its lineup. With the PS5 in all likelihood releasing in late 2020, perhaps we’ll hear more about potential studio acquisitions alongside news of the new hardware in the coming year.