Since the launch of the PS5, Sony has caught a bit of flak for the speed with which it delivered first-rate games, especially after the news that both God of War and Gran Turismo 7 have been slated for 2022, and Horizon Forbidden West is still “not entirely sure” for 2021. Well, In a new interview with Chinese technology publication TMTPost, PlayStation CEO Jim Ryan explained why they are willing to postpone their big games.
It’s better to wait and have a great game than to hurry up and have a game that is [only] ok or pretty good. The players just remember [the] best games instead of OK games. If it’s a best game, players might want a sequel, and they might as well buy a sequel, but no one really cares about a game that’s just OK. Due to financial and product portfolio considerations, we will of course also pressure studios to deliver a specific product within the expected time. But in general we do not want products that are in order, we want the best.
Speaking of release dates, Ryan also promised Horizon Forbidden West and God of War will come “within the next year.” Although things may change, it seems to indicate that Sony is aiming to get GoW out in the first half, or maybe the summer of 2022. Elsewhere in the interview, Ryan also discussed whether smaller, more experimental games will still be part of PlayStations. strategy as the focus seems to shift towards larger, successful experiences. Basically, Sony will let Indians handle the …
Our in-house studios usually make larger games, but we will also partner with partner studios to develop some smaller games. We work closely with independent game studios and will give them some support in terms of development, financing and marketing. These independent teams are usually very small, about 10-20 people. By supporting these studios, we also incubate gaming products and establish relationships with these studios. Maybe they will be the next generation of 3A game developers. Well, maybe in five years or ten years, our relationship with these independent game studios will be different.
Take a look at the entire TMTPost interview, as it covers more topics than we can relate to here, including what Sony is looking at before acquiring a new studio, how COVID-19 continues to impact the PS5 offering and more.