What do you want to see for First party support on PS5?

We're getting closer to the next generation of games as the 2010s wind down. One key component of Next gen systems will be more important than ever before, First party content from the platform holders. With Nintendo fully flexing the muscle of its Entertainment Planning and Development Division (EPD) on the Switch, and Microsoft doing its best to rebuild Xbox Game Studios in time for Scarlett, That just leaves Sony, and its Worldwide Studios to speculate about for the PlayStation 5. The company recently made some key changes to its First party software management. Shawn Layden recently departed from his position as WWS chairman, long-time PlayStation alumni, Shuei Yoshida is being moved out of WWS, and Gurrella Games Studio Head, Helmen Hurst, had just been given the keys to Sony's entire First Party Empire.

With all these changes made, what do you want or hope to see in terms of First Party games from Sony and their army of 14 development subsidiaries and independent collaborators? Here's a few things I want to see next gen

1.) Continue to embrace big budget projects - One of PlayStation's strengths is that it's not afraid to go all out with the production values of its games. As much as the "PlayStation Exclusive Template" formula bothers some people, it's a formula that works, and more importantly, sells PlayStation hardware en mass. People like big games, and Sony delivers some of the best in the business, so continue to allow developers the unlimited budget afforded by the nature of being a platform holder. That being said...

2.) Try to green-light more niche, and smaller titles too - One of the best things about being a Platform holder, is that the budget you have from the various revenue streams (System-Selling franchises, Third Party license fees, Online Services, Hardware profits, etc.) allows you to finance and produce games that otherwise wouldn't see the light of day under most third party publishers. Even if the game has no real sales potential, it's still good to have these niche, less profitable games in order to bolster your content lineup and make your box stand out from the others. Sony recently has kind of pulled back on these types of games for the later PS4 years, and it's a bit disappointing, especially since these types of games used to be all over the PS2 and even the PS3. With the PS5, I think Sony should encourage some of their lower tier studios like PixelOpus and Japan Studio to experiment with smaller, more medium scale projects that focus on ideas rather than just set-pieces. Give them budgets bigger than an indie studio, but not as large as the ones from Sony's higher class developers like Naughty Dog or Insomniac. I want more games like Concrete Genie and Dreams, in between the AAA cinematic games.

3.) Add a bit more variety to the lineup - I said before that the "PlayStation Exclusive" formula should be kept as it's Sony's key weapon for selling systems. But that doesn't mean those are the only games that Sony should be publishing on the PS5. I'd like to see a bit more variety added to the lineup next gen, that isn't just regulated to PS VR titles. Add some RPGs, Fighting games, Arcade style games, Platformers (Bring back Jack & Daxter you bastards!), and other games.

4.) Try to revive forgotten PlayStation series - Let's be honest, each of the big three has their share of franchise graveyards in their skeleton closets. I know its not financially realistic to support every IP, but a little more effort would be nice from all of them. As for where Sony stands, they fall somewhere between Microsoft (worst) and Nintendo (best, but still far from perfect). They have a few series that lasted for more than 2 generations like GoW, Ratchet & Clank, and Gran Turismo, but there's a ton of IPs that Sony rarely supports beyond like, 3 games. Now I'm not saying you need to go on a complete reboot spree, but some love for your past would be appreciated. How about a new Ape Escape game? There's a ton of cool stuff you can do with the DualShock 5 in that game. What about Jack & Daxter? Maybe a new Ecochrome, LocoRoco, Parrappa The Rapper, Sly Cooper. Just bring back a few PlayStation series that fans really want to see return.

So that's basically what I want from Worldwide Studios next gen. Sony has done a great job with its first party lineup this gen, possibly the best its ever been. But I still think it could be even better with the PS5.

Sony made this little Jrpg called Legend of Dragoon back in the ps1 era. If they were to revive that series for ps5 and keep it a traditional turn based game that'd be instant day 1 for the system for me and I tend to wait sometimes years before jumping in a new gen cause my backlog in the previous one is always huge.

Medievil 3 or gtfo

I would love to see a new, original, full length Ratchet and Clank game. Insomniac haven't made something like that since A Crack in Time, which was over 10 years ago, and I'm curious if they've still 'got it'.

Off the top of my head I'm all about a sequel for the God of War not-a-reboot.
Other than that I don't know. New IPs always welcome.

I'd like to see them buy the rights to Silent Hill from Konami, and actually follow through on the game they were going to make. Either from Kojima and del Toro or restore Team Silent for another go.

Also another Bloodborne, since Miyazaki has hinted at them being the only thing standing in the way of it being made, which they'd have no practical reason to.

I'd say continue on the same foot. Sony's been knocking it out of the park this generation with their first-party titles, finally ditching the need to crowbar multiplayer in very obvious singleplayer games.

I would like for Naughty Dog to make a game that ISN'T set in a contemporary, overgrown setting though. They can still make it cinematic and linear obviously, since it's what they're really good at, but place it in a fantasy or sci-fi setting. Maybe take a break from all the plant covered ruins/buildings/lost civilizations.

A new Jak & Daxter.

A new Genji game.

Some new IPs. A hack n slash, a third person shooter (non-cover)/arcade style, or a platformer.

Knack III, baby!

God of War V. I wanna go Egypt next after dealing with Thor and Odin. Then after its Hindu/Buddha mythology. And finally Kratos will get to fight angels and demons in God of War VIII.

Casual Shinji:
I'd say continue on the same foot. Sony's been knocking it out of the park this generation with their first-party titles, finally ditching the need to crowbar multiplayer in very obvious singleplayer games.

I would like for Naughty Dog to make a game that ISN'T set in a contemporary, overgrown setting though. They can still make it cinematic and linear obviously, since it's what they're really good at, but place it in a fantasy or sci-fi setting. Maybe take a break from all the plant covered ruins/buildings/lost civilizations.

After Last of Of Us Part II business is done, I really want them to do something more different. Enough with lost civilizations and ruined cities. It can be still story driven, I just hope they don't stick to one style constantly.

Casual Shinji:
I'd say continue on the same foot. Sony's been knocking it out of the park this generation with their first-party titles, finally ditching the need to crowbar multiplayer in very obvious singleplayer games.

I would like for Naughty Dog to make a game that ISN'T set in a contemporary, overgrown setting though. They can still make it cinematic and linear obviously, since it's what they're really good at, but place it in a fantasy or sci-fi setting. Maybe take a break from all the plant covered ruins/buildings/lost civilizations.

I really agree here, and I don't think they would do anything to stop their momentum either. Especially since backwards compatibility seems like a sure thing at this point.

BloodBorne 2
God of War 5
Horizon Zero Dawn 2

Continuing to invest in the games that did well for them and hopefully also invest in some new ideas as well. Death Stranding was a big risk despite Kojima's name on it and people seem to like that.

 

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