Sony is going all out on Hollywood, as 3 of their video game franchises get live-action adaptations. The Horizon the series will be on Netflix, God of the war will be on Amazon Prime, and Gran Turismo will get a movie that does not yet have a platform at the time of writing.
Sony IR – 3 positives in presentation 1) Horizon (Netflix), God of War (Amazon) and Gran Turismo in TV development 2) 2 live service games coming in FY3/23 are not Destiny and 3) PC gaming revenue will grow 3.8x in FY3/23 (which I believe is for live service gaming) #sony
—David Gibson (@gibbogame) May 26, 2022
During an investor briefing, Sony Chairman Jim Ryan revealed that they are truly expanding their video games into entertainment adaptations. Expect more live content from Sony in the future.
It also seems like Sony’s strategy here is to not stick with just one streaming company. In the briefing, Sony clarified that they prefer “highly competitive streaming wars” and that they are good for the business. Makes sense, Sony would probably want us to see their content in any streaming service.
Sony also has other projects in early development. There will be a twisted metal series on Peacock, a Ghost of Tsushima movie, and a Solid metal gear film.
Video game adaptations have had their share of hits and misses. If we think of critically successful video game adaptations, we can think of Esoteric (Riot), Castlevania (Nintendo), the Sonic movies (Nintendo), Detective Pikachu (Nintendo), and many more. There have also been plenty of previous series and video game film adaptations that fans weren’t too happy about, like the Halo TV adaptation (Xbox), the resident Evil movies (Capcom), and that bad 80s animation The Legend of Zelda series (Nintendo).
Sony had box office success with its recent Unexplored movie starring Tom Holland but had mixed reviews. Will they succeed in their future adaptations? Only time can tell.
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