No sooner do we hear that Discord said “no” to Microsoft’s kind offer of $10 billion for its platform do we find out that Discord was playing the field with Sony the whole time. Sony Interactive Entertainment president Jim Ryan just announced on the company blog that Discord will be integrated into the PlayStation Network.
"At PlayStation, we’re constantly looking for new ways to enable players around the world to connect with one another, form new friendships and communities, and share fun experiences and lasting memories,” Ryan said in a statement. “It’s in this spirit that we’re excited to announce a new partnership with Discord, the communication service popularized by gamers and used by more than 140 million people every month around the world."
According to Ryan, Sony and Discord engineers are "already hard at work connecting Discord with your social and gaming experience on PlayStation Network." The goal is to have the two platforms fully integrated by early 2022.
To that end, Sony has made a minority investment in Discord's Series H round of funding. Ryan himself has personally spoken with Discord co-founders Jason Citron and Stan Vishnevskiy to discuss their platforms' integration and future partnerships.
"Empowering players to create communities and enjoy shared gaming experiences is at the heart of what we do," concluded Ryan, "so we are beyond excited to start this journey with one of the world’s most popular communication services."
Neither Sony nor Discord offered any details on what this integration would ultimately look like, whether that be Discord replacing Sony’s existing chat and party system or merely appearing as an available App. There was also no mention of whether Discord’s integration would allow PSN users to chat with anyone on Discord, regardless of whether they’re communicating on mobile, PC, or PlayStation consoles.
News of Discord’s Sony integration immediately follows 343 Industries revealing that Discord will also be integrated into Halo Infinite’s multiplayer features. Presumably, this means Discord is still partnered with Microsoft in some fashion, although how deep that partnership runs is suddenly an open question.
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