PlayStation says it will release two direct-service games during the current financial year and ending March 2023.
That’s according to Jim Ryan, president of Sony Interactive Entertainment, who said during a business briefing last Thursday that the company now has titles in the live-service model in MLB The Show 22. MLB mode The Show’s Diamond Dynasty allows players to purchase random card packs to try and build a dream team, either earned or purchased with in-game currency. A slide shared during the press conference shows that the company plans to expand the number of games on the service up to two games launching in the current financial year known as FY22.
When asked by an analyst if two additional titles had been announced or included a Destiny release from Bungie, the studio it is about to acquire, Ryan said: “There will be up to three games in the pipeline. ants for FY22. Two other titles have yet to be announced.” During the press conference, Ryan said Sony considers live service titles to be “a game with no end”. Sony plans to release 12 such titles in its fiscal year 2025, a slide show during the press conference indicated, with three titles due out in fiscal year 23, with four more to come. released in Fiscal Year 24 and two more 2 more games coming out in Fiscal Year 25 as planned.
During the same meeting, Ryan suggested that at least some of the live-serve games the studio is developing are planned for PC. PlayStation has become known for its blockbuster single-player games like Spider-Man, The Last of Us, and Ghost of Tsushima. But last May, Sony said it plans to “develop more service-led experiences” in its list of first-party games. One of the live-serve games slated to release within the next 10 months could be Naughty Dog’s multiplayer title The Last of Us in development. Horizon Forbidden West developer Guerrilla is also gearing up for an online game, which the job posting confirms.
Another title that is understood to be in development is a reboot of the Twisted Metal shooter series, which could coincide with a pre-planned TV series. It was first reported earlier this year that UK-based Firesprite, acquired by Sony last year, the team has taken over an unannounced Twisted Metal project, after the old version development was discontinued by Destruction All Stars Lucid studio.
Sony has also signed on to an original multiplayer project from Firewalk, a new studio founded by veterans Bungie and will be releasing the debut title from Deviation Games, a studio run by Call of Duty veteran Dave Anthony and Jason Blundell came out on top.