Sony Interactive Entertainment Studios Malaysia will open its doors in 2020 to support PlayStation 5 games development
PlayStation is opening a new development studio in Malaysia
PlayStation is opening a whole new development studio in Malaysia in 2020 - the company’s first studio in Southeast Asia. The big news was announced at Level Up KL 2019, hot on the heels of Larian Studios’ similar announcement.
YB Tuan Gobind Singh Deo, the Minister of Communications and Multimedia in Malaysia announced the good news, saying:
With this establishment, Malaysia will be working closely with Sony Interactive Entertainment Worldwide Studios to create more opportunities for the local and regional games industry. Together, we will work to uplift creative talents in Malaysia and even establish a partnership with our local educational partners. This is to ensure that accelerated growth of the industry in our country will be supported.
The studio will join the ranks of well-known developers like Guerrilla Games, Bend Studio, Insomniac Games, Naughty Dog, Sucker Punch, Japan Studio, Santa Monica Studio and more under the SIE Worldwide Studios family.
SIE Worldwide Studios Malaysia will not develop new IP of its own. Instead, it will provide art and animation services to developers for PlayStation 5 exclusive games. PlayStation CEO and President Jim Ryan added:
Impressive talent, a vibrant game ecosystem, and support from the government are key reasons why we have decided to take our partnership with Malaysia to the next level.
It seems like all of Malaysia’s efforts to nurture its games industry is finally bearing fruit. This makes two huge game development studios setting up shop there in just two days! PlayStation has also been going through some corporate restructuring as of late, interestingly enough. This means that Guerrilla's Hermen Hulst will oversee the new studio next year.