Sony have announced that half of the Live Service games that it had planned to release by FY25 have now been pushed back and no longer have a release window. The news comes from an earnings call in which Sony president, COO and CFO Hiroki Totoki, explained the situation.
“We are reviewing this… we are trying as much as possible to ensure [these games] are enjoyed and liked by gamers for a long time,” he said. “[Of] the 12 titles, six titles will be released by FY25 – that’s our current plan. [As for] the remaining six titles, we are still working on that.
“That’s the total number of live service and multiplayers titles [and] mid-to-long-term we want to [push] this kind of service and that’s the unchanged policy of the company. It’s not like we stick to certain titles, but game quality should be the most important [thing].”
One of the titles has to be the highly anticipated The Last of Us Factions 2 (or whatever it ends up being called). In May this year Naughty Dog posted a notice informing players that are giving the project more time, though assure fans that it is still coming.
We also know that a multiplayer game set in the Horizon universe is being developed, that was confirmed in December 2022 when Guerrilla said “We are continuing to create epic solo adventures for Aloy. But there is more. A new internal team is developing a separate Online Project set in Horizon’s universe. Featuring a new cast of characters and unique stylized look, friends will be able to explore the majestic wilds of Horizon together.”
Sony London are also working on a multiplayer co-op combat game set in a “modern fantasy London”.
Twelve live service games in the space of a couple of years always seemed like a stretch, especially given Sony do not have a good track record on this sort of thing. Is anyone still playing Destruction AllStars? Didn’t think so.