More PlayStation exclusives will be coming to PC in 2021, Sony PlayStation boss Jim Ryan has confirmed, with Days Gone set to arrive this spring. The announcement marks a continuation of a tentative first step with the PC port of Horizon Zero Dawn in August 2020.
Simply put, this is Sony taking advantage of their first party exclusives and seeking to bring them to more players, making a bit more cash in the process. Speaking to GQ Magazine, Ryan said, “There’s an opportunity to expose those great games to a wider audience and recognise the economics of game development, which are not always straightforward. The cost of making games goes up with each cycle, as the calibre of the IP has improved. Also, our ease of making it available to non-console owners has grown. So it’s a fairly straightforward decision for us to make.”
Publishing Horizon Zero Dawn on PC last year was a first step and a bit of an experiment for the company to see how impactful it would be on their business. In general, the effort was well received, sold well, and there wasn’t the kinds of pushback that Sony might have initially expected.
“We assessed the exercise in two ways,” Ryan said. “Firstly, in terms of the straightforward success of the activity of publishing the game on PC, people liked it and they bought it. We also looked at it through the lens of what the PlayStation community thought about it. There was no massive adverse reaction to it. So we will continue to take mission steps in this direction.”
However, they’re obviously mindful of the impact that this can have on their network of development studios. Ryan said, “We find ourselves now in early 2021 with our development studios and the games that they make in better shape than they’ve ever been before. Particularly from the latter half of the PS4 cycle our studios made some wonderful, great games.”
The next step will be the launch of Days Gone on PC, which could be the lowest hanging fruit for the company, as Bend Studios created the game using the cross-platform Unreal Engine 4 – in contrast, the Decima Engine had to be full ported across for Death Stranding and Horizon Zero Dawn, the latter having some teething issues with quality control. Following that, it seems as though they will look to tap into the PlayStation 4’s catalogue of games instead of bringing PlayStation 5 games to PC. We’ll simply have to wait and see what’s next.