In a recent Q2 2023 conference call with investors, Sony’s Vice President said that half of the 12 live services by PlayStation games have been delayed. Earlier, there were news and announcements of the launch of 12 live services by PlayStation by March 2026.
And now in the recent Q2 conference call with investors, the company has revealed that half of these live services, which mean 6 live services, have been delayed. As per what the Sony Vice President said,
“We are reviewing this… we are trying as much as possible to ensure these games are enjoyed and liked by gamers for a long time. Of the 12 titles, six titles will be released by FY25 – that’s our current plan. As for the remaining six titles, we are still working on that.
That’s the total number of live services and multiplayer titles. Mid – to – long – term we want to push this kind of service, and that’s the unchanged policy of the company. It’s not like we stick to certain titles, but game quality should be the most important thing.”
Further, the head of PlayStation, Herman Hulst didn’t hide emphasis on multiplayer experiences, and said, “You’ve spotted correctly that we have invested in live service games because that’s incredibly exciting for us. We have quite a few now in development or conceptualization, so yes, we are setting up capabilities internally.
PlayStation Live Service Games Delays Explained
In recent years Sony’s PlayStation has launched numerous games that have boomed the entire market. Players not only love these games for their storyline but for gameplay, characters, and other factors too.
Now the PlayStation games have become the second word for ‘quality cinematic single-player experiences’. However, from some years ago we can see the push towards live service games by the company.
In the past couple of years, live service games have become the hottest trend in the gaming industry. And to reap benefits from this trend PlayStation has launched some exceptional live service games.
And Sony has invested a huge chunk of money to make that happen. We can assume the extent of its commitment towards the live service games by its acquisition of Bungie for $3.6 billion just for its live service expertise.
Also, it brought Firewalk Studios and Haven Studios into the PlayStation family as one of the best live-service game development studios. Regardless of this, we can’t undermine the fact that there were few setbacks for Sony.
Recently it also has invested in Deviation Games and got its upcoming live service game cancelled earlier in 2023. Also, the staff was laid off and according to reports the budget also exceeded.
However, we can’t say yet that PlayStation is performing well, as its other projects are being launched in full swing. Gamers are waiting for PS5 and other upcoming games and devices.