Head of PlayStation Studios Hermen Hulst has revealed that God of War: Ragnarok and Gran Turismo 7 are both cross-gen titles that will release for both PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 5.
In a Q&A for the PlayStation Blog, Hulst was asked about the PS4 and how it factors into the company’s first party titles. He said:
Where it makes sense to develop a title for both PS4 and PS5 — for Horizon Forbidden West, the next God of War, GT7 — we’ll continue looking at that. And if PS4 owners want to play that game, then they can. If they want to go on and play the PS5 version, that game will be there for them.
That being said, it’s also very important to have showpieces for PS5, hence the development of Returnal and Ratchet that are exclusive to PS5.
Previously thought to be PS5 exclusives, this will no doubt be a bit of a shock for those looking forward to God of War: Ragnarok and GT7. It also follows on from the surprise announcement in the run up to the PS5 release that Sackboy: A Big Adventure, Spider-Man: Miles Morales and Horizon Forbidden West are also cross-gen games.
The titles were revealed or announced at the PlayStation 5 console and game reveal event in July 2020, and in all four cases, they were initially only spoken of in terms of the then upcoming PlayStation 5. Trailers were marked with ‘PS5’, or in PS Blog posts called “First look at 9 new PS5 games” with no mention of the PS4 at all.
This is another major turn of events, considering that PlayStation boss Jim Ryan quite publicly came out with phrases like “we believe in generations” when talking up their strategy for the PlayStation 5 compared to the Xbox Series X|S from Microsoft. It turns out that Sony believes very strongly in cross-gen games, and they just didn’t want to admit it at the time.
It might actually be that Sony now has more cross-gen first party games than Microsoft does…
As Hulst puts it, “You can’t build a community of over 110 million PS4 owners and then just walk away from it, right? I think that’d be bad news for fans of PS4, and frankly not very good business.”
Source: PS Blog