Could Sony Interactive Entertainment buy more game studios in the future? The PlayStation boss and CEO Jim Ryan seem to believe it, this is at least one possibility.
While Microsoft has bought up several development studios such as Ninja Theory, Obsidian Entertainment, and Double Fine in recent years and recently even swallowed publisher Bethesda Softworks, Sony Interactive Entertainment has remained largely calm when expanding its own first-party portfolio. Only Insomniac Games returned to the Japanese company as a well-known studio. However, this could change in the future.
In a recent interview with Reuters, Jim Ryan, PlayStation Boss and CEO of Sony Interactive Entertainment, spoke about possible acquisitions of new game studios and mergers.
Accordingly, Sony Interactive Entertainment plans to grow its studios organically, but it is possible that the internal possibilities can be strengthened with selected mergers and acquisitions. The PlayStation boss said they will continue to grow SIE Worldwide Studios and also added that “where we can bolster our in-house capability with selective M&A that might be possible.”
However, Ryan didn’t want to go into any further detail, which is why one can only speculate which studios and maybe even publishers are on Sony’s shopping list. Could Sony Interactive Entertainment one day unite big names like From Software, Sega, or Square Enix under one roof? Which studios would you like to see under the PlayStation brand?
The PlayStation 5 will go on sale in the US, Japan, and other selected markets on November 12, 2020. In Europe and other countries, the new Sony console will go on sale from November 19, 2020. Incidentally, according to Jim Ryan, you shouldn’t hope that you can pre-order a PS5 before it is released. However, he did not want to give a time frame for the next wave of orders.