Sony acquires mobile game developer Savage Game Studios

The mobile game studio operates in Berlin and Helsinki, and it’s working on an AAA mobile game.
PlayStation Studios and Savage Game Studios logo

Sony Interactive Entertainment (SIE) announced today that it has entered into an agreement to acquire mobile games developer Savage Game Studios. The studio is based in Germany (Berlin) and Finland (Helsinki), and it’s working on an unannounced AAA mobile game. The acquisition cost wasn’t disclosed due to contractual commitments.

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The mobile game developer was founded by Michail Katkoff (Rovio, Zynga, Fun Plus, Supercell), Nadjim Adjir (Wargaming, Rovio, Gree), and Michael McManus (Wargaming, Insomniac, Kabam). The trio collectively has decades of mobile game making and operating experience, and PlayStation bosses wish to use their experience to show a stronger presence in the mobile gaming space.

The mobile game developer was founded back in 2020 and raised $4.4 million in funding in January 2021. The company has been working on an AAA-level mobile live service game since then, however, they didn’t share much about it just yet. Sony’s gaming division has shown great interest in expanding to both PC and mobile, alongside the silver screen (a Days Gone movie is in the works), and this acquisition further proves PlayStation bosses are aiming to be a big player in the mobile games market.

Hermen Hulst, Head of PlayStation Studios said the company will continue to expand and diversify beyond console gaming and added that they want to bring games to more people than ever before. Hulst commented:

“Acquiring the talented team at Savage Game Studios is another strategic step towards that goal. I’m really excited about what Savage is working on and I’m confident they will deliver a high-quality experience.

“Our move into mobile, like our expansion into PC and live service games, strengthens our capabilities and our community, and complements PlayStation Studios’ purpose to make the best games that we can.”

Michail Katkoff, CEO and Co-founder of Savage Game Studios also commented and said both companies share the same passion and today’s announcement is a reflection of it. Katkoff further commented with the following words:

“We have great admiration for the consistency and quality of PlayStation’s first-party catalog, knowing just how hard it is in this industry to deliver time and time again as they have.

“We’re honored to become part of that legacy and to join PlayStation Studios’ world-class collective of immensely talented designers, artists, and engineers. We’re early in development on our unannounced project but can’t wait to show you more of what we’re working on.”

Savage Games will join Sony’s recently created PlayStation Studios Mobile Division, which is led by Nicola Sebastiani. The studio will continue to operate under the same management team but will answer to PlayStation Mobile.

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