Rumours have been flying around about new acquisitions for PlayStation for a while now, including the potential purchase of Kojima Productions. Hideo Kojima's independent studio developed Death Stranding, a PlayStation console exclusive on PS4 and, with the Director's Cut, PS5 as well. Fast-forward to now, and an updated image on PlayStation's website is causing even more of a stink.
The PlayStation Studios banner, which features many notable first-party games, has been updated in a few places. This includes the appearance of Death Stranding — the only title in the image not developed by a subsidiary studio of Sony Interactive Entertainment. It replaces Concrete Genie on the far left of the image. Understandably, some fans are coming to the conclusion that this means the acquisition of Kojima Productions will be announced imminently, bringing the developer under Sony's exclusive umbrella.
The truth is probably much less interesting. Death Stranding was published on PS5 and PS4 by Sony via its PlayStation Studios branding. This label was also used for Sackboy: A Big Adventure, developed by Sumo Digital, and Returnal, developed by Housemarque. The former team is not owned by Sony, and while Housemarque is now part of the first-party family, it wasn't when Returnal launched. In other words, the platform holder is using PlayStation Studios with more than just the games created by its wholly-owned developers. Death Stranding has probably ended up on the banner because it's a high profile, recognisable game associated with the brand.
We're not going to rule out the possibility that something bigger is cooking, but on the face of it, this doesn't seem like it's hinting at anything. We'd be far more convinced if the updated banner was quickly removed after having been spotted.
Anyway, what do you think? Do you agree this is nothing to get excited about, or does the game's inclusion on the banner mean it's acquisition time? Discuss in the comments section below.