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Sony to buy mobile game developer pushing beyond consoles

By Sam Nusey

TOKYO (Reuters) – Sony Group Corp said on Monday it will acquire Savage Game Studios, a Helsinki and Berlin-based mobile games company, for an undisclosed sum as part of a major push by the Japanese conglomerate in- beyond console games.

Sony games chief Jim Ryan outlined plans in May to radically expand the games portfolio beyond the PlayStation 5 console and the group’s focus on single-player games with more PC and mobile releases.

Savage Game Studios, which was established two years ago and is working on a live-action service title for mobile, will be part of a new mobile division of PlayStation Studios, Sony said in a statement.

The entertainment conglomerate hopes to further tap consumer spending on games by expanding on other platforms while defending against technological changes that loosen ties with bulky hardware.

“PlayStation Studios must continue to expand and diversify its offering beyond the console, bringing amazing new games to more people than ever before,” said Hermen Hulst, head of PlayStation Studios.

Sony is struggling to produce enough PS5 consoles to meet demand amid supply chain groans and last week announced price hikes in many markets due to pressure from a rising dollar .

(Reporting by Sam Nussey; Editing by Susan Fenton)