Despite the strong desire for service games on the PS5, Sony will not shy away from solo productions. PlayStation Studios boss Hermen Hulst wanted to reassure players.
Following the acquisition of Jade Raymond’s Studio Haven, Hermen Hulst – Director of PlayStation Studios – spoke to our colleagues at gaming industry. In addition to the new acquisition, the discussion shifted to the importance of multiplayer games on this generation. Will PlayStation give up single player narrative titles on PS5 and beyond? No.
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This isn’t the first time Sony Interactive Entertainment has talked about it, but it’s always good to check out. In fact, the manufacturer is investing more and more in multiplayer productions / games as a service, which worries gamers. Hermen Hulst wants to clarify all of this: Single-player games are not sacrificed.
We will continue to develop single player narrative games like Ghost of Tsushima, The Last of Us and Horizon Forbidden West, that’s for sure.. But you rightly pointed out that we invest in games as a service because it’s extremely exciting for us. It allows us to design larger worlds and create really meaningful social bonds between players.
We have several in development or being conceived, so yes, we’re preparing for them internally. That’s why it’s so exciting for us to welcome a group of people with a lot of multiplayer gaming experience into the family.
End of quote refers to Haven Studios.
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10 PS5 service games by 2026 is the goal of Sony Interactive Entertainment. Damn ambitious given the current context and still mustn’t have any pitfalls. No project has been announced at the moment, but one of them could be The Last of Us 2 multiplayer. Bungie, which is part of the PlayStation Studios family, is also a solid element to start this development.
A new studio, Deviation Games, is also collaborating with PlayStation. The structure was created by former developers of the Call of Duty franchise. Will they succeed in making such a famous license?