Leaked Sony Slides Tease Renewed Focus On Fighting Games For Live Service Initiatives

One of the leaked slides researched the sales of the fighting game genre in detail.

Story Highlights

  • Sony could soon shift its focus towards the fighting games genre, as hinted by recently leaked slides.
  • The slides study the link between live service and fighting games. It has sprawled rumors in the gaming scene.
  • Fans think that Sony could prioritize fighting games for its future live service initiatives.

Ripples from the Insomniac Games leak have traveled over the far reaches of the gaming scene, affecting other gaming studios entirely. Now, newly leaked slides suggest that Sony could finally be looking to focus on —arguably neglected— fighting games genre. As spotted by u/Bartman013 on r/GamingLeaksAndRumors, the company may have rekindled its interest in the genre for its future live service initiatives.

Sony Presentation Slides researching Fighting Game transactions. Possible interest from Sony in returning to the Fighting Game Genre for their live service initiative?
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The first presentation slide on Imgur delves into fighting game transactions and relevant statistics to record how well they hold up against other live service games. It states that for fighting games, players usually have to wait for three months between transactions. The average days for the fighting genre appear to be much higher than, say, some other titles on the slides.

The second slide shows the distribution of transaction type for the first purchase, pitting titles like Street Fighter V, Mortal Kombat 1, and more with FPS and other live-service genres. The slide reports that over 25% of the first transactions for fighting entries and Destiny 2 are season passes. In other words, fighting games appear to be compatible with the future Sony live service endeavors because of season passes and other content.

It is possible that Sony could develop its own fighting game with live service elements after analyzing the positive numbers in the slides. The fans are also hoping for the same result on the Reddit forum, with one asking for a new PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale game. However, nothing of the sort has been confirmed or hinted anywhere. So, we suggest taking the leaked data with a massive grain of salt.

PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale was a popular brawler entry by Sony.
PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale was a popular brawler entry by Sony.

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The giant conglomerate could simply be interested in studying how well the fighting genre holds up against other live service titles. It would make sense because Sony is the owner of the Evolution Championship Series. It is an annual competition held annually, with a grand focus on all the current popular fighting titles in the industry. Some popular franchises include Street Fighter, Tekken, Mortal Kombat, Guilty Gear, and more. 

In the past, another bunch of leaked Insomniac Games slides revealed that remastered games are incredibly high in demand. The data showed that they are mostly purchased by gamers who buy a title as soon as it is released. It explains Sony’s focus on developing remasters of its many games over the years. Fans are expecting a similar outcome and shift in strategy with fighting games for years to come.

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