PlayStation's Ryan says Sony might buy more studios

PlayStation's Ryan says Sony might buy more studios

The head of PlayStation maker Sony Interactive Entertainment Jim Ryan (pictured) has said that it might still make studio acquisitions.

Speaking to Reuters, the exec said that the platform holder planned to grow its first-party capability organically, but went on to say that it might look at "selective" mergers and acquisitions in the future to "bolster our in-house capability."

This comes after console rival Microsoft snapped up Bethesda parent company ZeniMax Media last month for $7.5bn.

The Big M has been on something of a tear in strengthening its stable of first-party studios, buying Playground Games, Compulsion, Undead Labs, Ninja Theory, Obsidian, InXile and Double Fine since E3 2018. The firm has also set up a new studio in Santa Monica, dubbed The Initiative, and has an arm looking after the Age of Empires IP. CEO Satya Nadella has said that Microsoft might still make futher acquisitions, too.

Sony, meanwhile, acquired Spider-Man and Ratchet & Clank developer Insomniac last year, though some would argue that the PlayStation maker had a stronger first-party line-up than Microsoft to begin with.

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