Sony PlayStation has stated its commitment to developing story-driven games.
Hermen Hulst, the recently appointed head of Sony Interactive Entertainment (SIE) Worldwide Studios, made the comments during an interview for GamesIndustry.biz as part of his People of the Year 2019 profile.
During the interview, Hulst touched on his experience working at Guerrilla Games, a game studio he co-founded, and the future for Sony PlayStation Worldwide Studios. Hulst reaffirmed Sony PlayStation’s commitment to creating character and story-driven games, saying:
“We are very committed to the types of games we’ve been making at WorldWide Studios for the last decade: big, spectacular experiences with story and characters at the core. We will keep making these games because we love to make them.
“And as a brand, we are eager to branch out and start including and curating a new generation of developers that create new and different experiences for a new generation of gamers.”
SIE Worldwide Studios is a group of developers owned by SIE that was established in 2005. The group is formed of developers including Bend Studio, Guerrilla Games, Insomniac Games, Naugty Dog, Santa Monica Studio, Sucker Punch Productions and so many more.
Together, the developers have been responsible for creating some of the PlayStation’s biggest first-party games such as Marvel’s Spider-Man, The Last Of Us, God Of War, Horizon Zero Dawn and dozens of others.
These critically acclaimed games and many others are part of the reason why Hulst believes we’re currently in the “golden age” of video games. He said in the interview: “There has never been this diversity of experiences – from massive AAA online games that explore future worlds, to deeply personal indie projects that explore the human condition.”
He added: “As PlayStation, we need to provide a platform that includes all those different voices, all those different experiences.”
The Future Of PlayStation
The comments come as Sony PlayStation begins preparing the launch of its next-generation console the PlayStation 5 which has been confirmed for a Holiday 2020 release, rumoured to be late November.
While fans are gearing up for the new console, it seems that Sony isn’t done with the PS4 yet as several games are still slated for release new year including PlayStation exclusives Dreams, Ghost Of Tsushima, and The Last Of Us Part II.
The Game Awards, which takes place tonight (December 12th), will see around 10 brand new game announcements. Rumours suggest the announcements may include a new Crash Bandicoot game and Warner Bros. Montreal’s alleged new Batman game Batman: Arkham Legacy.
PlayStation’s Ghost Of Tsushima will be featured in the game with a brand new trailer and it’s rumoured that FromSoftware’s upcoming game Elden Ring will also be shown. Since these are all rumours, we’ll have to wait until tonight to find out which of these are correct.
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