Sony Interactive Entertainment CEO Jim Ryan has stated that the PS5 will be have more exclusives than any previous PlayStation console. He made this claim while speaking to Nikkei (translated by VGC), saying the company has been “quietly” investing in first-party titles.
They could also pursue further M&A (merger and acquisitions) opportunities to have more in-house capability.
“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 said. “We have repeatedly engaged in mergers and acquisitions, including Insomniac Games in the US. We will not rule out that option in the future.”
Sony has a couple of upcoming exclusives, including Housemarque’s Returnal on April 30th and Insomniac’s Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart in June of this year. Guerrilla’s Horizon Forbidden West is supposed to release late in 2021 and God of War Ragnarök was also announced for a release on PS5 5his year.
In Februray, Gran Turismo 7’s release date was delayed from 2021 to 2022 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Naughty Dog is also reportedly developing a remake of the original The Last of Us.
PlayStation recently closed its older first-party developer, Sony Japan Studio, but Ryan told Nikkei the company remains “committed to the Japanese market.”
“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.”
Ryan also gave a comment regarding the current situation on PlayStation 5 supply, claiming that Sony has asked manufacturers to increase production.
“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.”