Hermen Hulst Says PlayStation Remains Committed to “Narrative-Driven, Single-Player Games” with PS5
As Sony starts to head towards the launch of the PS5, it sounds as though the publisher's focus on single-player titles won't be changing.
Alongside confirming that Horizon Zero Dawn would be coming to PC later in 2020 today, PlayStation’s Hermen Hulst also talked a bit more about the future of Sony’s Worldwide Studios.
Chatting with the PlayStation Blog, Hulst was asked what Worldwide Studios, the entity that houses all of Sony’s first-party developers, has in store when it comes to next-gen and the PS5. Hulst made clear that despite Horizon Zero Dawn coming to PC, Sony will continue to work with specific hardware in the future, which as of later this year will primarily be that of the PS5. “We’re very committed to dedicated hardware, as we were before,” Hulst stated. “We’re gonna continue to do that.”
Hulst then expanded more on the types of games that you can expect to see from Worldwide Studios developers in the future and it seems to be relatively in line with what we’ve come to expect in the PS4 generation. “And we’re very committed to quality exclusives. And to strong narrative-driven, single-player games,” Hulst stated. Sony’s first-party devs have largely been praised during the PS4 era for the sheer number of single-player exclusives that have come about. Games like God of War, Marvel’s Spider-Man, Bloodborne, and upcoming releases like Ghost of Tsushima and The Last of Us Part II have been a big reason as to why PlayStation has had so much success over the past few years.
Still, just because Sony seems to be doubling down on single-player games as we head into the PS5 era, that doesn’t mean some things won’t be shaken up. “At the same time, we’re going to be very open to experimentation, to new ideas. Just trying things out to see what works,” Hulst said. “I think that’s also very much part of the DNA of Worldwide Studios.”
As we now know, some of that experimentation Hulst is referring to includes the advent of bringing games like Horizon Zero Dawn to PC. In a PS5 era that will seemingly see sequels to games like Marvel’s Spider-Man, God of War, and Horizon Zero Dawn all arriving, it will be more intriguing to see where Sony decides to mix things up in the future rather than staying the course with what they already know works.
For now, we still don’t know what Sony’s full plans for the PS5 might entail later this year, but we should hopefully begin to learn a lot more about the next-gen console in the coming months.