Sony Booth First Party
LOS ANGELES, CA - JUNE 05: Attendees walk past the Sony Playstation booth during the E3 gaming conference on June 5, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. Thousands are expected to attend the annual three-day convention to see the latest games and announcements from the gaming industry. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)

Sony has posted a press release highlighting a shift that will see the industry titan focusing more on “attractive and powerful first party titles.”

The press release opens with a brief sentence detailing a move toward “reinforcing its business and operational strength to continue to spearhead and remain the leader in the constantly evolving business environment.”

Citing a drive to ‘remain competitive,’ Sony’s mission will be set in motion April 1, 2018. This decision also comes thanks to the monstrous success PlayStation hardware has seen since the launch of PlayStation 4.

To secure a competitive atmosphere in the industry, Sony will be reorganizing its regional companies in terms of who they will be reporting to.

“In order to ensure coordination between organizations and support functions that are overseen locally, John Kodera, President and CEO, Sony Interactive Entertainment (SIE), and Jim Ryan, Deputy President and Head of Global Sales and Marketing, SIE, will assume the role of executive in charge of regions,” the press release reads. “Kodera [will assume] responsibility for Americas and Japan Asia and Ryan for Europe.”

Sony says striving for powerful first party games has ‘become more important than ever.’ The company will back up its claims by having Worldwide Studios and Sony Interactive Entertainment America Chairman, Shawn Layden, concentrate on “continuing to provide platform-defining content that helps drive the growth of Sony Interactive Entertainment.”

This announcement almost immediately follows the fundamental changes to PlayStation Plus revealed yesterday. Going forward, Sony will offer more PlayStation first party games with the paid service, a decision that certainly correlates with today’s press release. These adjustments kick off with March’s free PlayStation Plus games being 2016’s Ratchet and Clank and From Software’s Dark Souls-esque Bloodborne.

Furthermore, PlayStation Vita and PlayStation 3 games will no longer be offered as free games of the month, effective 2019.

Sony has made some big changes the past couple of days, so for more updates on what direction the company will be taking to stay competitive, keep checking in with OnlySP on Facebook and Twitter.

Michael Cripe
Michael fell into the OnlySP team toward the end of 2017. You’ll mostly catch his work over in the news area, but that doesn’t mean he won’t dip into the features section every now and then. For him, gaming doesn’t get much better than Metal Gear Solid and Super Mario Sunshine. Though he is a die-hard Nintendo fan, he grew up on PlayStation.

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