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News video games 19 July 2021, 17:09

author: Jacob Blazewicz

PlayStation IPs on Smartphones? Sony Wants Mobile Games

Sony is seriously considering the debut of PlayStation game franchises not only on PCs, but also on mobile devices. SIE director Jim Ryan spoke about the company's plans.

It looks like it's not just PC owners who can look forward to the launch of franchises from the PlayStation catalogue on their platform. After the April announcement we have another confirmation that Sony is serious about delivering mobile installments of its "memorable" series. Jim Ryan, CEO of Sony Interactive Entertainment, spoke about it in an interview with Japanese magazine Famitsu (via Ryokutya2089, who has been sharing information from the magazine):

"As part of future initiatives, we're looking at creating mobile games using many of the memorable brands we've developed over the years."

SIE's boss didn't give any details but assured that the company is looking at the mobile market with considerable interest. So we don't know how serious the company is about this segment of the market, or even which franchises and in what form would come to smartphones or tablets. It seems unlikely that these would be full-fledged installments of one or another series from the PlayStation catalogue - rather, they would be titles similar to mobile Mario or Pokemon games.

The point is that such "details" could be found on Android and iOS devices for a long time - enough to mention Uncharted: Fortune Hunter from 2016 and a lot of so-called companion apps. Perhaps - in fact, almost certainly - they would just start appearing in bigger numbers, but one can hope that Sony also anticipates a bit more ambitious titles, which, after all, are by no means lacking on smartphones and tablets. Nevertheless, it's better to curb the enthusiasm for now.

  1. PlayStation - official homepage
  2. Sony Interactive Entertainment - official homepage

Jacob Blazewicz

Jacob Blazewicz

Graduated with a master's degree in Polish Studies from the University of Warsaw with a thesis dedicated to this very subject. Started his adventure with in 2015, writing in the Newsroom and later also in the film and technology sections (also contributed to the Encyclopedia). Interested in video games (and not only video games) for years. He began with platform games and, to this day, remains a big fan of them (including Metroidvania). Also shows interest in card games (including paper), fighting games, soulslikes, and basically everything about games as such. Marvels at pixelated characters from games dating back to the time of the Game Boy (if not older).