In the course of an extremely rich interview, the CEO of Sony Interactive Entertainment, Jim Ryan, had the opportunity to address a wide selection of issues related to the generational transition faced by the videogame giant.
In recalling the path taken during the time PlayStation 4, the executive in particular highlighted how internal studies try to balance the re-proposition of already known brands and the launch of completely new imaginaries. “We have a management organization that oversees each team and one of the things we look carefully at is the overall portfolio. – highlighted Jim Ryan – We are looking for a balance between new iterations of well-loved sagas like God of War or Uncharted and the will to stir things up with new IPs like Horizon: Zero Dawn or Ghost of Tsushima. We think about it very carefully and carefully“.
If on the sequel front, PlayStation 5 already promises the return of Kratos and Atreus with God of War 2 for PlayStation 5 and of Aloy in Horizon: Forbidden West, even the path of the new IPs does not seem to want to be abandoned, as far as a more uncertain market. The PlayStation CEO has in fact recalled that today the creation of an AAA game may also require “more than 100 million dollars“, while bringing new IPs to market is defined as “a very risky action”. What do you think, do you hope that PS5 can welcome new IPs from Sony’s internal teams or are you waiting more for further sequels?