Sony and Microsoft are still in the market for picking up studios. Right now, the focus has been dominantly on Microsoft after they made a massive bid to acquire Activision Blizzard. With the nearly $69 billion bid still needing to be approved by regulators like the CMA, Sony might be gearing up for moves of their own. It looks like a new job listing has appeared online that shows Sony could be keen on bringing on someone to help oversee acquisitions. But just what their next big purchases will be remains to be seen at this moment.
Thanks to PlayStation Lifestyle, we’re finding out that a new manager position has opened within Sony. The details of the job is to help with inorganic growth opportunities. With this individual helping accelerate the process of acquiring more studios, it will certainly be interesting to see who is in Sony’s crosshairs. We’ve already witnessed big moves recently, with the likes of Microsoft picking up ZeniMax Media which puts studios like Bethesda under their control. Likewise, Sony made their own move by purchasing Bungie, the folks who are still supporting their Destiny 2 game, along with bringing out another FPS with the reboot of Marathon.
But now Sony might be interested in making another big move of their own now that it looks like Activision Blizzard will be under the Xbox umbrella soon. Of course, that’s not official quite yet, as we still have the CMA to go through and make the approval. The last we’ve heard so far from the CMA was that they were waiting on Microsoft to start discussions that would resolve the regulator’s initial concerns.
At any rate, we’ll have to continue waiting on Sony to make their next big move. Although, just because certain studios get picked up doesn’t mean we’ll see future games become exclusives. For instance, Bethesda’s upcoming Starfield is an exclusive. However, Microsoft has stressed the fact that they had no interest in making Call of Duty an Xbox exclusive going forward. Microsoft went as far as signing contract deals with companies like Sony to ensure that future games would land on the competitor platform for at least a decade. So even if Sony picks up new studios, we still might see some of these games land on the likes of Xbox Series X/S, PC, and potentially even Nintendo platforms.