Today during the PlayStation Experience opening presentation Sony Interactive Entertainment America CEO Shawn Layden pledged the company’s dedication to single player games.
Layden mentioned that at SCE Worldwide Studios there is a lot of “devotion and love” for storytelling, and narrative, what people call “single player games.” Sony has most of its eggs in that basket because — according to Layden’s opinion — “that’s the thing they do well.”
He doesn’t want to go to any of the teams and tell them “I read in a magazine that there is something called Games as a Service, make me one of those.” On the other hand, SIE creates games like Horizon Zero Dawn, God of War, Detroit: Become Human, Uncharted, The Last of Us, and these are the things they’re “going to continue to lean into really strongly.”
Earlier during the show, Guerrilla Games Managing Director Hermen Hulst explained that Horizon Zero Dawn is by far the studio’s best selling game, and it’s the first single player-only title they have made in a long time. He believes that single player games can deliver a sort of “magical, unbroken experience.” He also feels that there will always be a market for them and that they’re “hugely important.”
During the same show, Layden also mentioned that he expects to see the PS4 continue its domination in 2018, teasing that we’ll finally be able to change our PSN names within the year.