Sony Interactive Entertainment has a huge hit in the PlayStation 5, but the company is looking to maximize its revenue beyond the confines of that platform.
In a financial report today, the company told investors that this involves PlayStation Studios games on mobile, more live-service games, and new ports to PC. Under a section labeled ＾More PC releases planned,￣ Sony included Uncharted 4: A Thief¨s End and Days Gone. With Days Gone launching on Steam earlier this month, it seems likely that Uncharted 4 is next to get that treatment.
As part of its documentation, Sony emphasized that these ports help its business. Horizon: Zero Dawn launched on PC last year, and Sony told investors that it saw a 250% return-on-investment. The company also claims that this practice creates new fans for Sony properties. And it also enables games to find fresh audiences in markets like China, Russia, and India that prefer PCs over home consoles.
Above: PlayStation is looking to port more games to PC.
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But it¨s not just about PC ports. Sony also reiterated that it plans to use its first-party studios to make more live-service games. While Sony is known for a certain blockbuster style, it sees a chance to generate more money with its own Fortnite or Minecraft.
SIE also expects to release these PlayStation Studios live-service projects on PlayStation 5 as well as on other platforms. This is not unlike what Microsoft is doing with Halo multiplayer, which is launching on Xbox and PC this holiday.
And that is the challenge with live-service games from a company like Sony. How could a game exclusive to a console compete for attention against something like Fortnite, which is everywhere? The answer is seemingly to put those games out wherever you can.
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Sony has already begun releasing PlayStation exclusives to PC and it looks like Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End is next in line for the PC treatment.
In a presentation released ahead of Sony’s Investor Relations Day, a slide lists Uncharted 4 under a section that reads “More PC releases planned.” The title sits alongside Days Gone which was released on PC earlier this month.
Elsewhere in the presentation, Sony says mobile is a new growth area for PlayStation Studios and the slide seemingly confirms plans to begin developing PlayStation Studios caliber games for mobile devices. The company was recently looking to hire a Head of Mobile to lead this department.
Have you played Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End?
PlayStation’s experiments on PC appear to be a success. The company first released Guerrilla Games’ Horizon: Zero Dawn on PC and followed it up with Bend Studios’ zombie game Days Gone. With two titles in the can and a third likely on the way, PlayStation seems happy with the strategy of releasing older PlayStation exclusives to PC platforms.
A report from earlier this year claimed that Bend Studio was working on an Uncharted spinoff, but it’s unclear where development on the project is currently. Bend is now working on an untitled game unrelated to Days Gone.
Uncharted 4 was released in 2016 and was Naughty Dog’s send-off to its buccaneering hero Nathan Drake. IGN awarded the game a 9 out of 10 calling it a “remarkable achievement,” only let down by an overly long third act.
Oh, and Sony has confirmed God of War 2 will be called God of War: Ragnarok.
Matt T.M. Kim is IGN’s News Editor.
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