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News video games 12 March 2020, 14:20

author: Bart Swiatek

PS5 Will Bet on Strong Narrative-driven Single Player Games

In an interview published on the official PlayStation blog, Hermen Hulst, the new head of SIE Worldwide Studios, emphasized that like the PS4, the PS5 will bet on single player titles with high-quality storyline.

PS5 will continue the strategy that brought success to PS4.


  1. PS5 will bet on single-player games with high-quality storyline;
  2. The developers do not intend to sit idly - they want to experiment and offer new experiences to players;
  3. Sony will continue to focus on developing its own platform - the idea of exclusive titles is not expected to be abandoned.

The official PlayStation blog features an interview with Hermen Hulst, the new head of SIE Worldwide Studios (and former head of Guerrilla Games, the creators of the successful Horizon Zero Dawn and the Killzone series). It shows that Sony's new console will focus on strong exclusive titles - especially narrative-driven single player games.

"We’re very committed to dedicated hardware, as we were before. We’re gonna continue to do that. And we’re very committed to quality exclusives. And to strong narrative-driven, single-player games," said the developer.

In other words, the company plans to continue the strategy that has brought it success with PlayStation 4. This does not mean that the developers will remain idle.

"At the same time, we’re going to be very open to experimentation, to new ideas. Just trying things out to see what works. I think that’s also very much part of the DNA of Worldwide Studios," emphasized Hulst.

Hermen Hulst.

It is also worth noting the mention of "dedicated hardware". The head of Sony Worldwide Studios also mentions it in another part of the interview, emphasizing that the planned PC release of Horizon Zero Dawn doesn't mean a complete change of strategy in terms of exclusive titles - it's rather an exception to show PC users what can be found on PlayStation.

"And to maybe put a few minds at ease, releasing one first-party AAA title to PC doesn’t necessarily mean that every game now will come to PC. In my mind, Horizon Zero Dawn was just a great fit in this particular instance. We don’t have plans for day and date [PC releases], and we remain 100% committed to dedicated hardware," said Hulst.

We would like to remind that the PS5 console should be launched at the end of this year, just like the competing Xbox Series X (unless the coronavirus interferes with the plans).

  1. PlayStation 5 - official website
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