It looks like Sony might be ramping up for expansion as we get closer to the launch of the PS5. In a recent investors meeting, Jim Ryan explained that Sony plans to invest in further first-party studios “through organic growth and acquisitions.” The timeline for these investments was made clear to be in the build up to the PS5 launch in 2020. Sony first-party studios have already been know for years for delivering some of the most stunning experiences in gaming and to see Sony looking to expand that line-up is a win for all gamers! No studios have been announced at this time as potential acquisitions.
This honestly feels directly related to the recent buying spree of studios from Microsoft, who have acquired numerous studios to bolster their next gen line-up. regardless, one of the most logical choices for purchase would be Insomniac who has worked closely with Sony for nearly 25 years. Insomniac however has a strong will to be an independent studio however and has left there PlayStation exclusive development days behind back in 2013. The company has since released games on the Xbox 360, Xbox One and Oculus. That isn’t to say becoming a first-party Sony studio is out of the question since it would still allow for Insomniac to continue growing in both traditional and VR based game making. I could also see Sony snapping up a number of independent studios who have released games on the PS4 over the last 5 years.
What studios would you hope for Sony to pick up and join the PlayStation first-party line-up?