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The PlayStation stable continues to get bigger.

As announced by Hermen Hulst, Head of PlayStation Studio, today, Sony has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Savage Game Studios, a “hugely talented team of creatives with many years of experience making some of the most popular mobile games enjoyed by players around the world.” The studio was founded in the summer of 2020 and includes veterans from Rockstar, Wargaming, Rovio, and Next Games.

Here’s what Michail Katkoff, CEO and co-founder of Savage Game Studios, had to say about his studio and decision to join the PlayStation team:

Thanks, Hermen, and hello everyone in the PlayStation community!

Established in 2020 and led by myself and fellow Co-founders Nadjim Adjir and Michael McManus, Savage Game Studios was born of our many years of mobile game development experience spanning a number of massively successful global IP. Our guiding vision was a creative space where experimentation and taking risks weren’t warily avoided, but rather eagerly embraced. We’ve all worked at big studios and while we respect the advantages of ample resources, we wanted to stay small and nimble so we could call our own shots.

“So why then,” you may be thinking to yourself, “would you join PlayStation Studios?” We made this deal because we believe that PlayStation Studios’ leadership respects our vision for how we can best operate and succeed, and because they too are not afraid to take chances. All of that, plus the ability to potentially tap into PlayStation’s amazing catalog of IP and the fact that we will benefit from the kind of support that only they can provide… The harder question to answer would be “why not?”

On behalf of everybody at Savage Game Studios, thank you for having us. We can’t wait to show you what we’ve been working on!

Hulst added that Savage Game Studios will be placed within a newly created division called PlayStation Studios Mobile, which will focus on mobile gaming and “operate independently from our console development and focus on innovative, on-the-go experiences based on new and existing PlayStation IP.”

Savage Game Studios is already working on “a new unannounced AAA mobile live service action game.”

Source: PlayStation

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4 comments

  1. Mobile division. A ps phone next?
    Wouldn't be that far fetched - I think Sony tried it once though (Xperia?) -- that is if you discount the Vita and PSP.

    But I don't think that's in the cards again. Sony is just trying to bolster their mobile offerings -- Mobile revenue dwarves console revenue, as much as many of us don't want to admit it. You can't be in the gaming industry and ignore it all together.

    I think Sony is just looking for mobile developers to start pushing their first party IP into the mobile space -- similar to Nintendo and Pokemon Go or Microsoft buying out Activision, which owns among others King - developer of Candy Crush and others -- and mobile is possibly the only reason that Microsoft went after Activision in the first place.

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