Sony has recently been making a number of moves that have the gaming community scratching their heads. The PlayStation 3 and PlayStation Portable Digital Stores are being closed in July and the PlayStation Vita Digital Store being closed in August, making a number of gamers and developers angry with the ability to digitally buy games and update games will be lost.
Then there’s the Japanese market being completely ignored in favor of the Western market, leading to censorship of Eastern Titles and more focus on Triple A Franchises than New IPs, then the lack of concern for backwards compatibility or game preservation.
But now it seems Sony may be making the move to mobile gaming.
In a recent Job Posting it lists that the PlayStation brand may be moving to Mobile Game Development in Los Angeles and San Mateo, California. The job listing shows it is looking for individuals who can run a studio and lists requirements in Running Mobile Operations.
From the listing…
“As Head of Mobile, you will own and develop the mobile games strategy for PlayStation Studios and help build a foundation for future growth opportunities.
“You will lead all aspects of the expansion of our game development from consoles and PCs to mobile & Live Services with a focus on successfully adapting PlayStation’s most popular franchises for mobile.
“You will be responsible for building and scaling a team of mobile leaders and will serve as the Head of this new business unit within PlayStation Studios.”
Console Manufacturers aren’t alien to Mobile Games as Nintendo has a very successful track record in the mobile field, but Nintendo themselves don’t actually make the games, instead 3rd party studios develop the games for them. Niantic created the Pokémon Go App for Nintendo and has been a world wide hit with Nintendo, with this success Sony may be attempting to try and repeat Nintendo’s success.
It is currently unknown what IPs Sony may bring to Mobile devices, and many are criticizing the move since Sony for years had dedicated hardware for Mobile Gaming, Japan being a Huge market for that, but they seem to be leaving that all behind in an attempt to save on producing hardware and just make cheap to develop games and apps for IOS and Android.