The CEO of PlayStation says that the PS5 will have more exclusives than any generation before it and has already invested in even more.
CEO of Sony Interactive Entertainment Jim Ryan says that the PS5 will have more exclusives than any PlayStation console before it, and that it’s “quietly investing” in having more developed. Sony has been riding a wave of well-received exclusive titles for over a decade now. While some have reported that its focus on blockbuster titles over other games could prove detrimental in the long-run, it is hard to argue with the results thus far.
The PS5 is currently set to receive multiple exclusive games in 2021, with even more reportedly on the way in 2022. Its most immediate exclusive, Returnal, releases on April 30 from Housemarque Studios as well as Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart following in June. Horizon Forbidden West is slated to release in 2021, but an unconfirmed rumor suggests it has been delayed to 2022. A sequel to 2018’s mega-hit God of War is also said to release before the end of the year, but little information has surfaced since its teaser video during the summer 2020 PS5 Showcase event.
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Reported and translated by VGC from Nikkei, CEO Jim Ryan said that the PlayStation has been “quietly but steadily investing in high-quality games” outside of its public acquisitions, with Ryan touting Insomniac Games’ new home at the company. He also said that PlayStation is “committed to the Japanese market” and will cater games to the Japanese gaming community. That likely comes in response to PlayStation’s oldest first-party developer, Sony Japan Studio, being closed earlier in 2020, with some claiming SIE’s focus has switched to Western audiences.
Ryan also commented on the current state of the PS5 console shortage, citing struggles with COVID-19, semiconductor supply, and production limitations as contributors to the problem. However, he says that PlayStation is working with suppliers to increase production later in 2020, despite reports that the semiconductor shortage may not end until 2022.
Sony’s future content strategy appears slightly more discreet than Microsoft’s latest approach, as Xbox has aggressively added new studios to its Xbox Game Studios umbrella (like Bethesda). It is evident that the company has a plan to combat its main rival, with Ryan having also recently said a “counterpunch” to Xbox Game Pass is planned, and a so-called PlayStation Plus Video Pass is seemingly on the horizon. It should also be noted that Ryan’s comment on mergers and acquisitions could be hinting at potential buyouts of companies coming soon.
Whatever Sony has planned to come to PS5, it seems probable that more official information could be coming soon. E3 2021 and the second Summer Games Fest are coming in June, meaning news is sure to be dropping on at least some of these quietly invested exclusives. However, Sony has not announced its involvement with E3 this year (yet again), leading to speculation that a new State of Play showcase will be the publisher’s platform of choice for such announcements.
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