Analysts believe PlayStation is under pressure to make a major gaming acquisition, following Microsoft’s successful purchase of Activision Blizzard earlier this month. Multiple industry experts spoke with GamesIndustry.biz, and concurred the Japanese giant needs to make a purchase that would “move the needle for them in a meaningful way”.
Sony has seen two large publishers potentially removed from its platforms this generation alone, although recent commentary from Xbox boss Phil Spencer suggests Activision Blizzard’s catalogue may not be excluded from its consoles entirely. “Whether you play on Xbox, PlayStation, Nintendo, PC or mobile, you are welcome here – and will remain welcome, even if Xbox isn’t where you play your favourite franchise,” he hinted.
PlayStation has been locking down long-time partners like Bluepoint and Housemarque in recent years, but the sheer scale of Microsoft’s spending has, quite literally, changed the game. The challenge for Sony is whether it has pockets deep enough to complete on this kind of level – and if it doesn’t, how does it intend to retain its industry leading position against a competitor hellbent on buying up as much of the industry as regulators will allow?