Recently, Sony has begun updating the trademark for PlayStation Home. For those who don’t know and never experienced it, Home was a 3D social gaming hub-like service for the PlayStation 3. You was able to create a avatar and interact with other PS3 users, visit spaces and decorating your own personal space. People compared it to the Sims and Second Life back in the day, but on a much grander scale with the ever-growing list of Sony’s IP’s attached to it. It was ahead of it’s time. Sony officially closed the doors in 2015 after opening in 2008.
The trademark has been constantly renewed time and time again and it’s been renewed til at least 2028, so pretty much the end of the PS5 lifecycle and possibly beyond. Yes, they renew trademarks all the time to keep the name but this is something different. London Studios (used to be called Soho Studio and former developer of Home) have described their next “game” being as “HUGE potential” in their job listings. Now, their is evidence to support London Studios being once again creating a new version of Home.
If you go here (https://euipo.europa.eu/eSearch/#details/trademarks/007280481), you can not only search up PlayStation Home, but you can actually search up the Soho Engine. Now, If you scroll down to the bottom abit, you can see a humongous list of things. Things such as hosting and staging online tournaments (so, spectator VR seats at EVO then) TV, motion pictures, news, sports, cultural events etc. So it looks to be a full online hub (like before with Home) with other accessible events or experiences (again, like before)
With it’s possible return, it would draw in the “fortnite crowd” and you know what? I’m fine with it. PS Home already had microtransactions where you could buy things to customize your avatar, buy personal spaces such as Uncharted or Killzone, decorating it out and buying pets etc. Buying things was shunned on and laughed at in those days but in today’s world, it’s acceptable.
This leads me to believe that once again, Home is coming back, and better than ever. Possibly having a VR intergration with it too. PS Home wasn’t a game. It was a service. It was a community.