Security News Hackers Leak Sony’s Game Roadmap and Concerns About Microsoft’s Activision Acquisition

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This morning, a ransomware group known as Rhysida published a massive dump of files stolen from Insomniac Games, the Sony-owned studio behind the PlayStation-exclusive games Marvel’s Spiderman 2 and Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart. The leaked files include details about Sony’s game roadmap, and various unannounced projects have been revealed including Spider-Man 3, other spin-offs in the Marvel universe, and a new Ratchet & Clank game.

The leaked documents also include a set of internal slides where Sony expresses its concerns about Microsoft’s purchase of Activision Blizzard, which is described as an opportunity for the Redmond giant to “leapfrog” Sony. This is related to the consequences of Call of Duty games coming to Microsoft’s Game Pass service, but Sony also discusses in the slides what it perceives as its own “dated pillars.”

In the slides, Sony says that Microsoft’s acquisition of Activision Blizzard “could disrupt and threaten console gaming and game subscription markets.” The company also says that it sees the acquisition as a “massive threat to PlayStation Plus,” which currently generates more than $1.5 billion of annual revenue.
 

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