After last week’s news that we may soon be seeing the much celebrated Horizon: Zero Dawn arrive on PCs, another PlayStation exclusive could potentially follow suit.
That’s the conclusion some internet sleuths have come to after scouring a new job listing posted by The Last of Us Part II developer, Naughty Dog.
The job posting specifically refers to Sony’s upcoming survival horror sequel, highlighting several desirable skills linked to PC game development including a “thorough understanding of current GPU architectures (AMD GCN, NVIDIA CUDA)” and “Experience with DirectX12, Vulkan or other modern graphics or compute APIs”. It also mentions “Console or PC programming experience”.
This is in no way confirmation that a PC version of The Last of Us Part II is in the pipeline. This rumour is most likely gaining traction due to Kotaku’s recent report in which several trusted insider sources have confirmed that Horizon: Zero Dawn is making its way to PC.
Although there are plenty of PC gamers keen to see Sony’s exclusives make the jump from console to PC, this move doesn’t fit with the platform holder’s current strategy. With the PlayStation 4 continuing to assert its dominance within the console market, Sony has little to gain from publishing its games elsewhere. It’s hard to imagine the PS4 being where it is now if hits such as God of War, Spider-Man, and the aforementioned Horizon: Zero Dawn hadn’t launched exclusively for the system.
However, there’s nothing stopping Sony from changing its plans in the future. Recent leadership changes, Microsoft’s multi platform stance, and the steady approach of a new generation could see Sony potentially shake things up.
The company will surely be banking on upcoming exclusives to shift PS5 consoles this holiday season though releasing these games on PC a year or so after their initial launch isn’t completely out of the question.
The Last of Us Part II will be released on PlayStation 4 on May 20th. Let’s hope we’re not due for another big delay or summer 2020 could be pretty dry.