PlayStation live-service Games : PlayStation has over 25 games in development, many of which are live-service games, according to SIE Worldwide Studios boss Hermen Hulst. As a result of this announcement, Sony has clarified its stance regarding live-service games and is pushing to release a number of these titles by the year 2025.
In an interview with GQ, Hulst said, “We have about 25 titles in development and almost half of those are new IPs.” Couple this with knowledge from SIE president Jim Ryan who has already revealed the company plans to release at least 10 such games by 2025, and it seems likely that a lot of the 25 currently in development are live-service. Ryan also clarified that these will be “games with no end”, and multiple such games will release each year leading up to 2025.
With the acquisition of Bungie, PlayStation may have begun to focus on live services. Having been around for almost a decade, Destiny is one of the most widely recognized live-service games. Hulst praised Bungie’s success over the years and stated, “They speak our language and have been doing this for more than a decade since the original release of Destiny. Their battle scars, coupled with their absolute transparency, make them the ideal partner in that field.
Sony’s strategy for live services is in line with its push for PCs and mobile devices. With the success of God of War, Horizon: Zero Dawn, and Marvel’s Spider-Man, Sony has recently realized that releasing its games on PC is a good business decision. The company plans to release approximately 50 percent of its exclusives on PC by 2025, including The Last of Us and Uncharted. However, in an interview with Julien Chieze, Hulst stated that Sony’s single-player IPs will take at least a year to arrive on PC, whereas the live-service games will “Go day and date with PC and the PlayStation platform.”
Currently, the only live-service PlayStation game is MLB The Show 22’s Diamond Dynasty mode. However, we know that PlayStation is planning to launch at least two such games in 2023, so an announcement regarding them could be imminent.
What Are Live Service Games?
A live service game is a type of video game designed to keep players engaged for as long as possible. Instead of creating one game and moving on to the next, companies create a game that can be updated for many years to come.
How do they accomplish this? It is a fairly straightforward process. As far as game companies are concerned, they simply keep adding content in an attempt to keep their existing players “hooked” and to entice new players to join their ranks.
In addition to being referred to as live service games, these are also known as games as a service, or GaaS.
There have been live service games for some time even before there was a name for them. The early 2000s saw some of the oldest live service games take the world by storm. Among the best examples are World of Warcraft, Team Fortress 2, and League of Legends.
However, it wasn’t until games such as PUBG and Fortnite grew to a new level that the live service genre gained traction.