PlayStation has today announced its plan to acquire Savage Game Studios to bolster its mobile games development.
Hermen Hulst, head of PlayStation Studios, made the announcement over on the PS Blog. If you don’t know the team, it’s a company comprising two European studios that make mobile games. Among its staff are veterans from big mobile developers such as Rovio, Zynga, Wargaming, and more. Hulst describes Savage as “a hugely talented team of creatives with many years of experience making some of the most popular mobile games enjoyed by players around the world”.
The acquisition will put this team within a newly established PlayStation Studios Mobile Division, “which will operate independently from our console development and focus on innovative, on-the-go experiences based on new and existing PlayStation IP”. Savage is already working on an “unannounced AAA mobile live service action game”.
We’ve heard in the past about how Sony wants to expand and strengthen its efforts in the mobile space, and this seems like its first meaningful push in that direction. Hulst assures that PlayStation Studios will still keep making “amazing single-player, narrative-driven experiences”, highlighting the handful of big first-party titles its published this year, like Horizon Forbidden West and Gran Turismo 7. As with its PC ports, the company’s mobile output will be “similarly additive”, growing PlayStation’s reach beyond your PS5 or PS4 consoles.
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