Over the years, PlayStation’s first party studios have built themselves up as the industry’s leaders in story-driven single player games, and those efforts have led to incredible commercial and critical success. Obviously, those experiences aren’t going to be going away anytime soon- but Sony does want to expand. Multiplayer and live service experiences have been almost non-existent within Sony’s first party lineup, but with the acquisition of Bungie, the company is now looking to expand its presence in that space.
PlayStation CEO Jim Ryan has said that Sony plans on releasing at least 10 live service games by March 2026, and here, we’re going to take a look at what these 10 games could be. Do remember that while we’re basing this on news reports, rumours, leaks, and speculation, almost none of these have been officially confirmed- treat this list as purely speculative.
THE LAST OF US: FACTIONS
Let’s kick things off with the most obvious pick. Even though this isn’t a game that has been officially announced just yet, it might as well be. Naughty Dog confirmed before The Last of Us Part 2 launched that the missing multiplayer mode Factions would return in some capacity later on, which many took to mean that it would be released as a standalone multiplayer experience. With multiple job listings since then having confirmed that the studio is working on its first ever standalone multiplayer game, that notion has been cemented even further. Rumours claim that The Last of Us: Factions (or whatever it ends up being called) will be out as early as by the end of this year– here’s hoping we hear more about the game in an official capacity soon.
GHOST OF TSUSHIMA: LEGENDS
Ghost of Tsushima was just such a pleasant surprise in so many ways, and while its gorgeous and expansive single player story was obviously the highlight of the experience, its multiplayer mode, Legends, turned out to be a shockingly good time as well. With the launch of the game’s Director’s Cut, Sucker Punch and Sony also spun Ghost of Tsushima: Legends off as a standalone purchase for those who want that option- all of which could potentially be hinting at future plans. Given the game’s success and the massive cache it has with audiences, we wouldn’t be surprised to see a full-fledged AAA standalone Ghost of Tsushima: Legends game in the future.
Among Sony’s long list of dormant IPs, Twisted Metal is the one that fans bring up most often in discussions about dream revivals, and sure enough, recent rumours have strongly suggested that that might indeed be happening. Supposedly, the recently-acquired Firesprite is working on a free-to-play Twisted Metal reboot– which, of course, would be perfect for a live service model. It’s a risk on multiple fronts, of course, but if it pays off, it could just be the best thing that’s ever happened to this franchise.
HORIZON CO-OP GAME
Horizon is on top of the world right now, with the recent release of Horizon Forbidden West, and with Horizon Call of the Mountain being in the works for PSVR2 at the aforementioned Firesprite, it’s clear that Sony wants to expand the horizons of the series. Interestingly, that could mean a co-op-focused Horizon game– or at least that’s what rumours have been insisting for a couple of years. Guerrilla has, of course, been working on something multiplayer-related, as job ads have shown us in recent years, but whether or not that actually turns out to be the Monster Hunter-inspired Horizon game that so many have been clamouring for remains to be seen.
INSOMNIAC’S MULTIPLAYER PROJECT
Now this one is interesting, and one that invites oodles of speculation. Less than a year ago, Insomniac posted several job listings for a new, unannounced multiplayer project– which might come as a bit of a surprise, give the fact that the studio is currently working on two major AAA games in Marvel’s Spider-Man 2 and Marvel’s Wolverine. So what could this multiplayer game be? A new IP? A revival of an old one? Perhaps a Marvel-themed multiplayer game? Maybe a Spider-Man co-op experience? Leaks have suggested that Sony is working on a Marvel multiplayer game– if that is indeed true, could this be it?
SIE BEND STUDIO’S NEW IP
SIE Bend Studio has seen its fair share of ups and down over the last couple of years, and while there’s plenty of demand out there for a Days Gone sequel that’s never going to exist, we do know that the studio is working on something else as well. A new open world IP is in the works at Sony Bend, and job listings have suggested that it’s going to have multiplayer elements as well. Whether those elements will be prominent enough for the game to adopt a live service model remains to be seen.
SIE LONDON STUDIO’S NEW GAME
SIE London Studio’s success in recent years might not have touched the ridiculous heights that other first party PlayStation Studios like Insomniac, Guerrilla, Naughty Dog, and Sucker Punch have enjoyed, but the PSVR-exclusive Blood and Truth was certainly a game worth experiencing. The studio’s next project, however, is going to be a little different, with job listings heavily suggesting that it’ll be an online-focused PS5 game. What that will look like, what genre the game will be, or if it’s going to be another VR experience- that’s all still up in the air.
DEVIATION GAMES’ DEBUT TITLE
Over the last couple of years, Sony has entered into partnerships with newly formed AAA indie studios comprised of industry vets for new PlayStation-exclusive IPs. Deviation Games is one of those, with former Treyarch developers coming together and beginning work on a new game that, in their words, is going to prioritize innovation above all else. There isn’t much that we know about the game yet, and it’s still clearly a ways off from launch– but it’s probably safe to assume that the studio is going to be working on something multiplayer-related.
HAVEN STUDIOS’ DEBUT TITLE
Haven Studios is another indie AAA team that’s partnered with PlayStation, and again, we know very, very little about the game yet- but we do know a few things. On more than one occasion, it’s been suggested that the studio’s debut project will be a live service multiplayer experience, so it’s safe to assume that this is one of the ten (or more) service titles that Sony plans on launching before April 2026.
FIREWALK STUDIOS’ DEBUT TITLE
Finally, there’s Fireawalk, another indie team boasting AAA talent that’s partnered with Sony for a PlayStation exclusive. Like Haven and Deviation’s projects, we know very little about the game, but back when Sony and Firewalk announced their partnership, they did confirm that their debut title would be a multiplayer project. The details are obviously unknown, but clearly this is another game in that list of 10 live service titles.