Ever since the start of the PS5 generation, the PlayStation brand has been rapidly evolving its business strategy, acquiring budding studios as well as established ones.
The company is now slowly and steadily moving towards making more multiplayer and live-service games. In its continued approach to making more of these types of games and making PlayStation's library available to a larger audience, it has established a mobile game division and bought Savage Game Studio.
This announcement opens up numerous possibilities for PlayStation and the mobile games industry. To celebrate this occasion, we wanted to discuss our list of top 5 PlayStation franchises that should come to mobile devices. Without further ado, let's get right into it.
The Last of Us
It's no surprise that Naughty's Dog's action-adventure franchise, The Last of Us, has become a global phenomenon and is one of the most successful PlayStation IPs in recent memory.
Naughty Dog is already working on an ambitious multiplayer counterpart of The Last of Us, which will reportedly feature live-service elements and a battle royale mode.
If the aforementioned info is true, and the upcoming The Last of Us multiplayer mode features a battle royale mode of some sort, it would make sense for it to also release on mobile devices.
Gran Turismo has been PlayStation's staple racing gaming series for more than 25 years, and we just got a new mainline entry, Gran Turismo 7, on PS4 and PS5.
Racing games have long dominated the mobile platform, and while there have been plenty of casual street-racing titles, there have been very few racing simulators with picturesque visuals.
EA's Real Racing franchise comes to mind, but it's long been dormant. Even Microsoft has yet to bring the Forza Motorsport series to mobile devices, and it seems like a perfect opportunity for PlayStation to sneak in with a Gran Turismo mobile game and establish an audience.
PlayStation hasn't had many iconic first-person shooters in a while. The Killzone franchise is arguably its most notable FPS franchise, and it's been eating dust since 2014.
It's always been easy to distinguish the Killzone games (for better and worse) from other long-running FPS titles, thanks to their photo-realistic visuals and more slow-paced focused gameplay.
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The mobile industry is filled with fast-paced FPS, and Killzone could easily be something very distinct from other games in the genre.
Moreover, given the insane number of high-end mobile devices nowadays, Killzone could also bring its picturesque visuals from consoles to mobiles for once, something that FPS mobile games are also severely lacking.
Destiny /Bungie's new IP
Aside from Savage Game Studio, PlayStation also acquired the Halo and Destiny developer Bungie in a multi-million dollar deal earlier this year. Interestingly, it seems Bungie is working on a new mobile FPS game with NetEase.
This could be a brand new IP or a mobile game adaptation of Destiny, the latter of which makes more sense.
Either way, this could be a huge deal for mobile gamers who would finally get to try Bungie's refined FPS experience and distinctive art style, whether it's through Destiny or something else entirely.
PlayStation All-Star Battle Royale
It's been a while since we got a new fighting game with a roaster of notable PlayStation characters. Since the last, PlayStation's long list of iconic characters has significantly increased, and a new entry in the series would be more than welcoming.
Fighting games have always had a massive fan base on mobile platforms, and a new free-to-play PlayStation All-Star Battle Royale featuring all fan-favorite PlayStation characters like Kratos, Ellie, Aloy, and more could be a big hit.
As for Savage Game Studios, PlayStation has confirmed that it's working on a AAA mobile live-service game. It could be based on one of the five PlayStation franchises mentioned above or something entirely new. Either way, we can't wait to find out!
That concludes our list of top 5 PlayStation franchises that should come to mobile devices.
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