PlayStation fans have a bright future ahead, at least according to PlayStation Studios head Herman Hulst. While being interviewed by Wired, Hulst stated that there are over 25 PS5 games in within the Studios group, and half of them are brand new IPs.
When asked about the types of games in development–apart from the known titles like Horizon Forbidden West and Ratchet and Clank: Rift Apart– Hulst said there is “an incredible amount of variety originating from different regions.” How specific. While no new titles were named during the interview, Kena: Bridge of Spirits was referenced in the piece, as well as the unannounced game from Jade Raymond’s Haven Studios. As a side note, Sony is also working on new multiplayer IP with Firewalk Studios, with former creators from Bungie.
Ember Lab is working on its second game according to co-founder Josh Grier, who wants the team to capitalize on the solid state drive inside the PS5. “I know for sure we haven’t fully taken advantage of how actually fast it is,” Grier says in the Wired article. “We were getting a lot of benefits of it being just out-of-the-box better. But I think you can push it even more.”
The article also says that Horizon Forbidden West is still scheduled to release in 2021, while giving a tidbit on how the game utilized the DualSense controller’s haptic feedback. Angie Smets, Guerrilla’s studio head, describes it saying, “if you want to take a stealth approach to a combat situation and you dive into long grass, you can feel those long grass leaves.”
This interview comes not long after Jim Ryan stated the company was “quietly investing” in PlayStation exclusives. It appears he was not telling a lie.