This morning, PlayStation officially announced the acquisition of Jade Raymond’s game development company Haven Studios in a press release. After months of negotiations, Haven has officially joined the PlayStation household, allowing PlayStation to take a foothold in the rapidly expanding live-service sector. Sony confirmed earlier this year that Bungie, the publisher of Destiny and Halo, will be embracing PlayStation.
In light of new information indicating the deal would be a collaboration instead of an all-out acquisition, the decision came out of the blue. In light of Sony’s aspirations to create 10 live service titles by 2026, it appears that Bungie, as well as Haven Studios, might play a role in this effort.
Haven Firms Joins The Roster
Thanks to an agreement that was ultimately completed, Haven Firms has now joined the increasing roster of PlayStation-affiliated development studios. Even while nothing is known about the PS5’s rumored live-service product from Haven Studios, the lack of details suggests that PlayStation is prepared to enter the marketplace.
Despite the fact that this agreement has been in the works for quite a while, studio head Jade Raymond is credited with being the impetus for the takeover. With her involvement in the Assassin’s Creed series, the original Watch Dogs game, EA Motive Studios, as well as the Google Stadia, Raymond’s portfolio screams her success in the industry.
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It’s been a long time since Sony and Microsoft stopped bidding against one other for the best game development teams. By purchasing Activision Blizzard as well as Bethesda, Microsoft has taken some surprise measures in an effort to boost the Xbox Game Pass service, whereas Sony has been attempting to strengthen a few other sectors. Microsoft has completed its purchase of Bethesda, while the purchase of Activision is still pending.
God of War, The Last of Us, and Horizon Forbidden West are just a few of the many single-player games that have been released on Playstation in the last few years. There has been a lot of excitement in the live-service products as they have gotten more popular, and it will be fascinating to see what Sony’s move into this industry will bring.