PlayStation is expected to release two live service games during its current fiscal year, which ends in March 2023.
That’s according to Sony Interactive Entertainment President Jim Ryan, who said during a Thursday business briefing that the company currently has what it considers a live service game in MLB The Show 22.
MLB The Show’s Diamond Dynasty mode allows players to purchase random packs of cards to try and build a dream team, either by winning or purchasing in-game currency.
A slide shared during the briefing showed that the company plans to double the number of service sets in its current fiscal year, FY22.
Asked by an analyst if the two additional titles have been announced or include a Destiny version from Bungie, the studio he is about to acquire, Ryan said: “Destiny is not included in the three games planned for FY22. The other two have yet to be announced.
During the briefing, Ryan said Sony sees live service titles as “endless games”. Sony expects to have released 12 of these titles by its fiscal year 2025, a slide showed during the stated briefing, with three arriving in FY23, four in FY24 and two more in FY25.
During the same briefing, Ryan suggested that at least some of the live service games he has in development are planned for PC.
PlayStation has become known for hit single-player games such as Spider-Man, The Last of Us, and Ghost of Tsushima. But last May, Sony said it planned to “develop more service-oriented experiences” within its first-party roster.
One of the live service games slated for the next 10 months could be Naughty Dog’s in-development The Last of Us multiplayer game.
Naughty Dog has been hiring for its “first standalone multiplayer game” for some time, which could be the result of The Last of Us Part 2’s delayed online mode having been expanded into its own title.
Horizon Forbidden West developer Guerrilla is also hiring staff for an online game, the job postings have confirmed.
Another title in development is a reboot of the car-fighting series Twisted Metal, which could coincide with a planned television series.
VGC first announced earlier this year that UK company Firesprite – which was acquired by Sony last year – had taken over an unannounced Twisted Metal project, after a previous release from studio Destruction All Stars Lucid ceased development.
Sony has also signed on to an original multiplayer project from Firewalk, a new studio founded by Bungie veterans, and will publish the first title from Deviation Games, a studio led by former Call of Duty veterans Dave Anthony and Jason Blundell.
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