Jack Tretton, Sony president and CEO of SCEA, has said that social and free-to-play games aren’t where gaming is headed, which should prove some comfort for dedicate PlayStation fans who just want to buy a game and play it.
“I think the opportunity to be in the console business is greater than ever before,” he said in an interview with GI.biz, saying that social and free-to-play “is a business I think a lot of companies are learning is difficult to sustain for the long term.”
“It’s an adjunct or it’s an add-on, but it’s not where gaming is headed,” he said. “It’s an additive diversion. There’s a place for social and freemium, but it’s not going to replace the business models that are out there.”
Tretton also said that the current fashion of endless sequels and lack of new IPs has got to end at some point. “I think it tends to go in cycles,” he said. “If somebody comes out with a game people enjoy, it draws people to that genre.”
“Shooters have been bigger the past few years. I think they’re not just the same game done with a different storyline, they’re taking that genre and expanding on it. Sometimes racing is really relevant. Sometimes it’s not.”