PlayStation acquires Savage Game Studios as Sony seeks to expand its mobile offering

PlayStation’s streak of studio acquisitions continues. In recent years it’s garnered names like Returnal developer Housemarque and Demon’s Souls remake developer Bluepoint Games. The latest under the PlayStation banner is Savage Game Studios, a mobile developer with offices in Berlin, Germany and Helsinki, Finland.

This was announced by PlayStation Studios head Herman Hulst on twitter, welcoming Savage and announcing the “new independent PlayStation Studios Mobile Division” that Sony is creating. The PlayStation Blog post on the same news includes a statement from Mikhail Katkoff, CEO of Savage Game Studios, expressing his excitement about this new partnership. “We made this deal because we believe the leadership of PlayStation Studios respects our vision of how we can best function and thrive,” Katkoff said. “All of that, plus the ability to tap into PlayStation’s amazing IP catalogue.”

That’s certainly an intriguing statement – Sony has plenty of series that could find a new home on mobile. As for what Savage is working on, we don’t have many details at the moment. “I can’t wait until they can show you,” Hulst teased in the announcement tweet. Lead game programmer Chris Rock’s LinkedIn profile mentions that Savage “uses Unreal Engine 4 to bring AAA-style shooter games to mobile,” so there might be a clue there. Similarly, Savage is currently hiring for multiple roles on the current project.

These recent studio acquisitions align with PlayStation’s multi-platform plans. Notably, the $3.6 billion bid to buy Bungie was billed as a move that will “significantly accelerate” the company’s multi-platform strategy. Additionally, we’ve seen several once-exclusive PlayStation console games hitting PC in recent months, including God of War and Marvel’s Spider-Man Remastered. When you combine this new acquisition of Savage Game Studios and its mobile division with the Bungie move and PC game releases, Sony’s new multiplatform approach becomes quite clear. PlayStation acquires Savage Game Studios as Sony seeks to expand its mobile offering

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