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Sony’s most popular PlayStation game franchises are heading to mobile

Sony is planning a big push into the mobile gaming world, according to a new job listing from the company. Unlike Nintendo with its lukewarm mobile gaming effort, Sony plans to adapt some of its most popular game franchises for Android and iOS, something it makes clear will be a big effort toward “the future of gaming.”

Sony Interactive Entertainment has published a job listing that seeks a new ‘Head of Mobile’ for its PlayStation Studios, which is comprised of many game studios and collaboration with indie developers. Under the ‘Head of Mobile’ role, the new employee will, according to the job listing:

… promote the vision, mission, strategy for mobile game development within PlayStation Studios and be responsible for driving the business unit commercial success and profitability. Build and execute against a mobile 3-5yr business plan, outlining growth targets, resources needs & KPI’s
Partner with PlayStation Studios Leadership Team to develop mobile product roadmap for a 3-5-year time frame … Manage existing mobile slate already in development while delivering against revenue and profitability goals.

The job listing reveals that PlayStation Studios already has some mobile games in development and that it is looking several years into the future. Though we don’t know when it plans to start releasing these games, the fact that it already has started development on some indicates it won’t be too long of a wait.

Of course, questions remain about the nature of the games Sony has planned. Will they be fairly simple titles based on popular game characters, giving mobile players more endless runners and puzzle games, or will they be more substantial story-driven and online multiplayer offerings that take advantage of high-end phones? The job listing doesn’t shed light on this key question.

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BioWare Anthem NEXT is no more, focus on existing franchises

BioWare made a name for its self with its Dungeons & Dragons games but it did have a few original IPs of its own even back then. The game dev studio made a big bang with its new properties Dragon Age and Mass Effect but, after three major games each, doubts started to rise whether BioWare still had what it takes to do something completely new. If Anthem was supposed to be its answer, it wasn’t a very good one, and the cancellation of its NEXT version will probably raise those doubts even higher.

Anthem came around the time of big sci-fi MMOs like Destiny and Titanfall but barely even made it out the door. When it did finally launch in 2019, it was flooded by complaints about buggy systems and lackluster content. To its credit, BioWare took those criticisms to heart and promised to rework the game in what it called Anthem NEXT. That, however, will never see the light of day.

Like many recently canned projects, products, and events, the blame was squarely laid on the COVID-19 pandemic. Although it was technically possible to work from home, some game development workflows just didn’t lend themselves completely well to remote processes. The company also said that they could have pushed for getting the results they originally wanted but it would come at the expense of the team’s welfare.

As such, the studio has decided to just scrap Anthem NEXT completely. That doesn’t mean the sci-fi MMO action RPG itself is going offline, just that the massive restructuring BioWare envisioned and promised will no longer come to pass. You’ll still be able to play Anthem, of course, but will have to settle for the minor improvements and new content that the developers will continue to push.

How long that will be the case, however, BioWare doesn’t say. In the meantime, it says it will be putting its focus on it existing games, including the Star Wars: The Old Republic MMO, and its original IPs Dragon Age and Mass Effect, the latter of which already has a sequel coming.

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