Head of PlayStation on why you won’t see games like God of War and Spider-Man on PlayStation Now at launch

By Sherif Saed
7 November 2019 16:03 GMT

PlayStation boss Jim Ryan has revealed Sony’s reasoning for why it doesn’t launch its biggest exclusives on PlayStation Now.

Jim Ryan, CEO of Sony Interactive Entertainment, addressed one of the criticisms directed at PlayStation when it comes to embracing new ways of doing business.

Although Sony has upped its investment in streaming, more recently with a 50% price cut for PlayStation Now, the service is still mostly populated by classic titles. The PS4’s biggest games, such as God of War, are only made available for a limited time, and months after their initial release.

This is a stark contrast to Microsoft’s approach, who’s happy to make its first-party games available on as many platforms as possible, and through different buiness models, chief amongst them through Xbox Game Pass.

“It’s an area that is fast changing and fluid,” Jim Ryan told GamesIndustry in an interview.

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“The nature and scale of some of the first party games that we are making leads us to think that, right now, it’s better to spend energy on making sure that the launch of those games is a massive entertainment event. I would cite God of War and Spider-Man, and The Last of Us [Part] 2 next year will fall into that category.”

With that said, Ryan reiterated that this is stance isn’t final, and the company is open to making its premier first-party content more readily available.

“I don’t want to say this is what PlayStation Now is going to be like forever,” he explained.

“But certainly right now, given how some of our first party IP is incredibly special and valuable, we just want to treat them with amazing care and respect, and have those launches be clean and pure.”

As part of the same interview, Ryan also said developers are very happy with how easy it is to code for PS5. Check out the full interview at the link above.

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