PlayStation’s live service games could be seeing a day and date release on PC along with the usual PlayStation launch, but other kinds of games will take at least a year.
In an interview with YouTuber Julien Chieze, PlayStation CEO Hermen Hulst says, “I think going forward, we’ll see at least a year between our own platform, PlayStation, and on the PC platform…possibly with the exception of live service games.”
He continues, “Live service games are a little bit different in nature because you want to have a really strong community and really strong engagement right away when you go live. We might, in the case of our live service offerings, go day and date with PC and the PlayStation platform.”
PlayStation has continued to push further into the PC market, releasing games onto the platform like Horizon Zero Dawn, God of War, Days Gone, and Marvel’s Spider-Man. Uncharted: Legacy of Thieves Collection and Sackboy: A Big Adventure are making their way onto PC this month too, along with Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales and The Last of Us Part I sometime later.
PlayStation is also trying to expand its live service and multiplayer games, as studios such as Haven are working on a live-service title right now and Naughty Dog is developing a multiplayer game set in The Last of Us universe. Sony is also reportedly making a multiplayer game set in the Horizon universe.
While PlayStation is venturing into more live-service games, it also said that gamers won’t have to worry about single-player narrative falling by the wayside.
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