Sony Looking to Expand PlayStation’s Reach Into Mobile

PlayStation is looking to extend the reach of its franchises by releasing them on the biggest platform for games: mobile.

A new report from VideoGamesChronicle explains that Sony PlayStation boss Jim Ryan suggested that the company is considering bringing some of its games to mobile devices.

In a recent corporate strategy meeting, Ryan stated that Sony is exploring mobile games from the collection of PlayStation franchises. Specifically he says that Sony is “exploring the mobile market with some wonderful PlayStation franchises, so please stay tuned.”

Ryan gives an idea of what to expect from this new mobile initiative, saying that the company will leverage over two decades’ worth of franchises and characters to make new interactive experiences for smartphones and tablets.

“The content developed by PlayStation Studios these past 25 years has created a wealth of IP and provided PlayStation with immersive experiences that evoke emotions and bring players on a journey,” Ryan continued. “We have been thinking about how players enjoy our content and have had some early success with experimenting with mobile games and apps to provide more choice to gamers,” he said.

The executive noted PlayStation has a huge catalog of diverse in-house gaming titles which can transition to smartphones, along with options to introduce some of its franchises to the mobile market.

“Mobile is just one of the areas we are exploring to reach millions of gamers beyond our platforms,” he said. “PlayStation has a huge catalog of diverse first-party IP that can transition to smartphone gaming and complement our AAA games or live service games. We are exploring the mobile market with some wonderful PlayStation franchises so please stay tuned.”

Sony didn’t specify any of the games currently in development or if work has started at all. Sony previously operated the PlayStation Mobile platform, which powered various Android and Vita games, but it was shut down in 2015.