When it comes to narrative-driven, single-player games, you don’t need to look any further than the PlayStation. Sony’s been knocking it out of the park for years now, with multiple-award-winning games including Marvel’s Spider-Man, God of War, the Uncharted series, The Last Of Us and more.
Despite the mammoth success of Sony’s exclusive titles, PlayStation boss Shawn Layden thinks it might be time for the company to invest more time and energy into the world of multiplayer games.
Speaking to Business Insider, Layden said:
[Single player games] I believe we’ve done quite well. I’m very happy with the Spider-Man game that went out last year. And looking forward, Days Gone is coming in a couple months. That’s not only compelling and gripping, but it will emotionally try you very hard. I think all those things we do really well.
What we don’t do so much in is multiplayer.
Speaking about the rise in multiplayer games, he also added:
“things like GTA 5 Online, or you look at Call of Duty, or Fortnite, or any of those experiences. Worldwide Studios, like I say, we’ve been going really heavy into story-driven gaming. The power of the narrative. Big, spectacular experiences. But not a whole lot in the multiplayer side of things, I think. That’s an area where you will likely see us start to make more noise in the new term.”
Layden also said that couch co-op games are something that the “industry needs to look back at.” Arguably, Nintendo is the best when it comes to couch co-op thanks to the family-friendly and portable Nintendo Switch. Layden says there’s “not much else” other than racing and sports titles when it comes to couch co-op, but that “[Sony] might wanna revisit that to get more family engagement in the gaming experience.”
It sounds like Sony’s got big plans for the launch of the next-generation console, the PlayStation 5.
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