Sony’s acquisition of Destiny 2 maker Bungie for $3.6 billion in January 2022 set expectations high for the future of PlayStation. However, recent announcements have revealed that the company’s plans for live service games are experiencing some delays.
Sony’s Plans for Live Service Games
Sony’s CFO, Hiroki Totoki, announced that PlayStation intended to launch more than 10 live service games by March 2026, with Bungie playing a significant role in this endeavor. However, a recent earnings call has indicated a shift in these plans. Totoki stated that, of the 12 live service games in development, only six will be released by Fiscal Year 2025, with the remaining six titles still under development.
Potential Impact on PlayStation’s Offerings
Earlier reports suggested that Bungie was evaluating Sony’s in-development games, such as the Last of Us multiplayer project. This evaluation may have led to Sony reevaluating and delaying some of its live service games.
PlayStation’s Long-Term Strategy
Totoki emphasized the company’s commitment to delivering high-quality games that are enjoyed by gamers for an extended period. While the specific release schedule may have changed, Sony remains dedicated to providing compelling live service and multiplayer titles.
Future of PlayStation Multiplayer Games
Despite the delays, PlayStation’s multiplayer offerings continue to generate excitement. From the acquisition of Firewalk Studios for a AAA multiplayer title to rumors of Guerrilla Games working on a Horizon-based multiplayer game, Sony’s multiplayer lineup remains promising.
With Bungie’s involvement and the anticipation surrounding titles like Marathon, PS5 owners have much to look forward to. However, only time will reveal which live service games will make their debut by March 2026 and which ones will be pushed to a later date.
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