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Rohde: Sony “taking a lot of risks”, new IPs “anything but safe”

Friday, 15th June 2012 03:51 GMT By Brenna Hillier

No other publisher would touch The Last of Us and Beyond: Two Souls right now, to hear Sony’s Scott Rohde tell it.

Speaking to Gamespot, the software product development head highlighted The Unfinished Swan, Beyond: Two Souls, The Last of Us, God of War: Ascension, Wonderbook and Sound Shapes as examples of ways Sony is fostering innovation even as it practices iteration.

“Our press conference could have been twice as long because we have that much content that we could show, we just didn’t have time to show it all,” he said.

“These are all innovations that other companies would be a little scared to embrace, I believe. So innovation is top of the charts at PlayStation.”

Challenged on whether Beyond and The Last of Us really vary much from other successful Sony efforts like Heavy Rain and Uncharted, Rohde insisted they do.

“If you can find another publisher in this industry who would build Beyond, I’d like to meet that publisher. I really think that [Beyond] is as far from ‘safe’ as it gets,” he said.

“Heavy Rain, by itself was not a ‘safe’ title. And to do it again with a totally different story, a larger investment, and to bring Hollywood in, to really enhance that genre that really isn’t touched by many folks in our industry, I think is anything but ‘safe.’

“And when you think about what Naughty Dog is doing, when I hear ‘safe’ I hear Uncharted 4, Uncharted 5, Uncharted 6, Uncharted 7. And for a developer of that caliber, this late in the cycle of the platform, to introduce a totally new IP for a different audience – meaning going from T-rated to M-rated – I think is anything but ‘safe.’ I really feel like we’re taking a lot of risks with both of those titles.”

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  1. dtyk

    Risk? No, this is the way gaming SHOULD be. I’m sick of playing the same shit for 5-6 games.

    #1 2 years ago
  2. itsucks

    HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA, New IPS, now thats a funny joke. A New Unshited and a new Heavy Rotten with a new skins and name and call it a new IP. Thtas just rich.

    #2 2 years ago
  3. MFBB

    #2 your wrong.
    Sony is trying out new stuff, which i appreciate A LOT.

    If you dont like it, thas your personal taste and you can continue buying Call of Duty every year (and theres nothing wrong with that as long as you enjoy it).

    I would be pissed if i bought a Xbox years ago and all i get are Gears of War and Halo titles which are always the same…

    Sony does this aswell with Uncharted and God of War etc but they also offer us new games/ideas which are unusual (and a risk for them).

    Nintendo games are all to childish for me now.
    So Sony is the only one offering me those special games.

    #3 2 years ago
  4. Dragon246

    @3,
    +1!!!

    #4 2 years ago
  5. Gheritt White

    What’s happened to The Last Guardian, I wonder/

    #5 2 years ago
  6. Khan979

    @3 agreed!

    #6 2 years ago
  7. Beta

    @3 Agreed! :D However with a name like “itsucks” is it really worth talking to them :P

    #7 2 years ago
  8. speedxl01

    @3 Well said!

    #8 2 years ago
  9. Kuwabara

    welcome back to vg247 itsucks, you cocky little shit.

    #9 2 years ago
  10. Froseidon

    I wouldn’t have said they’re risks. There is clearly a demand for this, ergo, no risk. The Last of Us looks fantastic, but I wouldn’t say it is a risk.

    Wonderbook on the other hand, looked pathetic. I think that is a risk and it wont get much past breaking-even.

    #10 2 years ago
  11. OrbitMonkey

    ^ Compared to their nearest rivals, Sony have been pushing a lot more new IPs and bolstering studios to develop even more. So yeah their taking risks.

    #11 2 years ago
  12. Giskard

    Don’t feed the troll guys.

    Also, on topic: Sony are taking more risks than MS and Nintendo combined. And I own a goddamn Xbox. God dang it.

    I do hope the PS4 will have backwards compatibility. If it does, it’s a day 1 purchase, just to experience the PS3 games :)

    #12 2 years ago
  13. Ireland Michael

    Unfortunately itsucks kind of has a point.

    Beyond and The Last of Us are essentially just Heavy Rain and Uncharted in a new coat of paint. They are so thematically similar to their respective titles that the whole thing actually feels a bit lazy.

    #13 2 years ago
  14. Froseidon

    @11 – Investing in what the community wants is not a risk >.> I just don’t see it as a risk. The games clearly have a good reception already, so they are bound to sell. If something is bound to sell, where is the risk?

    #14 2 years ago