Sony is ready to fight in the upcoming next-generation war – and it’s bringing out the big guns with software.
In a recent interview with Nikkei, Sony Interactive Entertainment CEO Jim Ryan has noted that the company has “quietly” been investing in making more first-party software, which will result in more games for PlayStation 5. But the emphasis here is on the word “exclusive.”
“We have been quietly but steadily investing in high-quality games for PlayStation, and we will make sure that the PS5 generation will have more dedicated software than ever before,” Ryan explained.
For that matter, the company is still looking into purchasing additional studios as well. “We have repeatedly engaged in mergers and acquisitions, including Insomniac Games in the US. We will not rule out that option in the future.”
The company already has some notable releases coming in 2021, including next week’s Returnal; Ratchet and Clank: Rift Apart; a new entry in the Horizon: Zero Dawn saga; and sequels to God of War and Gran Turismo. And that’s prior to whatever will be announced during the next State of Play, which is rumored to happen sometime around E3 in June.
Ryan also reaffirmed the company’s commitment to Japan. “It is important for us to provide software that fits the Japanese gaming community, and PS5 has included a lot of software from Japanese developers since its early stages. We will continue to strengthen our ties with Japanese developers and release content for PS5 that fits the Japanese market.”
Finally, Ryan confirmed that production will increase on PS5 systems, so everyone has a better chance to get their hands on one. “There are several reasons why PS5 was hard to come by,” he said. “Supply under the new coronavirus was very complicated, and we had to limit distribution to online. The supply and demand for semiconductors is also tight worldwide. We are asking our suppliers to allow us to increase production, which will flow into the market this year.”
We’ll see what happens in the months ahead, but, yep, Sony is gearing up for battle.
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