Sony believes that first-party games are the cornerstone of its PlayStation business, as it continues to create valuable intellectual property that it believes it can profit off for years to come. As such, it intends to invest in its stable of studios, improving the work environment and personnel with the goal being to create more blockbuster brands likes The Last of Us and Ghost of Tsushima.
However, a financial report published by the platform holder mentions that it’s also willing to invest in or acquire companies with “abundant creativity and cutting-edge technologies to help build up Worldwide Studios”. It mentions Insomniac Games is one such purchase it’s recently made, ensuring that the “long-time partner” continues to make titles exclusively for PlayStation.
Obviously, the conversation will quickly transition to which team could join Sony’s first-party portfolio, but it’s also important to remember that the platform holder has been proactive investing in companies like Epic Games. And while the latter isn’t technically a member of Worldwide Studios, this will help it to achieve its goals by getting inside access to key technologies like Unreal Engine.