Following PS5 price hike, Sony is going all-in on gaming shows & films

Sony continues plans to significantly expand and adapt its PlayStation gaming IPs into films and TV shows, with major productions currently in the works.

Published Aug 25, 2022 1:15 PM CDT   |   Updated Tue, Sep 20 2022 12:04 AM CDT
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Sony has accelerated its plans to adapt more of its PlayStation gaming IPs into films and TV shows, and two new projects have been discovered.

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Sony wants to synergize all of its business units into one cohesive money-making machine. Under PlayStation Productions, Sony's Music, Pictures, and PlayStation brands are all coming together to create immersive new transmedia experiences based around wholly-owned PlayStation IP. While gaming is the major breadwinner among entertainment sectors, Sony is branching out with tremendous success--the Uncharted movie, which started off as a fledgling project that Tom Holland wanted to make after playing the games, has generated over $400 million.

Sony has a number of big-budget movies and TV shows currently in development. According Sony Pictures' Tony Vinciquerra, Sony is planning 11 different shows and films under its PlayStation Productions label with various industry talent attached (only 9 of these projects are known).

"Right now there are currently 10 additional film and projects with PlayStation [not including Uncharted] in various stages of production and development, including The Last of Us, Twisted Metal, Ghost of Tsushima," Vinciquerra said in May.

Two new projects were recently unearthed by Deadline: A new Gravity Rush film with Anna Mastro directing, and a feature-length movie based on Days Gone that could star Outlander's Sam Heughan.

Known PlayStation Productions adaptations

  1. Days Gone - Film
  2. Gravity Rush - Film
  3. The Last Of Us - HBO Max TV show
  4. Ghost of Tsushima - Film
  5. Twisted Metal - Peacock TV Show
  6. Horizon Zero Dawn - Netflix
  7. God of War - Prime Video
  8. Gran Turismo - Film
  9. Ghost of Tsushima - Film

Sony's efforts in this transmedia space clearly underline the company's emphasis on synergy and a willingness to experiment. The company has been pushing outside of its comfort zones for a while now, especially in the gaming space where it has ushered in new features like cross-play, game downloads, bringing PS4 games to PC, and a major combination of its PlayStation Now and PS Plus services under one banner.

Sony is also doubling-down on live service and mobile games in an effort to capture that billion-dollar market. Traditionally, Sony has put most of its emphasis on first-party exclusive games.

That being said, this widespread investment and focus does carry risks that exist outside of the traditional gaming space. The major hope is that these films will pull more everyday consumers into the PlayStation brand...but Sony may have a hard time convincing people to buy a PS5 considering they just raised the price nearly worldwide.

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Derek joined the TweakTown team in 2015 and has since reviewed and played 1000s of hours of new games. Derek is absorbed with the intersection of technology and gaming, and is always looking forward to new advancements. With over six years in games journalism under his belt, Derek aims to further engage the gaming sector while taking a peek under the tech that powers it. He hopes to one day explore the stars in No Man's Sky with the magic of VR.

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