Amid reports that Sony Interactive Entertainment (SIE) is doubling down on its hit series, a job advert has revealed that PlayStation is opening a new business unit to adapt its biggest franchises for mobile.
PlayStation Studios is currently seeking to hire a head of mobile to work at its San Mateo or Los Angeles offices in California, where the successful applicant will be responsible for developing a mobile product roadmap for a 3-5-year time frame.
“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.”
A Bloomberg report published on Friday claimed SIE is increasing its focus on exclusive blockbusters at the expense of “niche” teams within its first-party organisation.
It’s claimed PlayStation rejected plans for a sequel to Sony Bend’s Days Gone in 2019, instead reportedly assigning one team within the studio to work on a new Uncharted game with supervision from Naughty Dog, which is reportedly developing a remake of the original The Last of Us.
In terms of its other major console franchises, SIE is currently gearing up to release Insomniac’s Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart in June 2021, before the studio likely shifts focus to a Spider-Man Miles Morales follow-up.
Guerrilla’s Horizon Forbidden West is slated for release in late 2021, and God of War Ragnarök was announced via a brief teaser last September for release on PS5 this year, although nothing more has been heard of Santa Monica Studio’s sequel since.
God of War creator and Twisted Metal co-creator David Jaffe recently claimed to have spoken to a number of sources within PlayStation about the company’s plans to respond to Microsoft’s subscription service.