PlayStation will convey extra of its first-party unique lineup to PC, reportedly starting with PS4 unique Days Gone in spring 2021.
In an interview with GQ, Sony Interactive Entertainment CEO Jim Ryan mentioned it was a “straightforward decision” to launch extra first-party PC ports. GQ’s write-up contains the element that Days Gone would be the first of these PC ports this spring, however Ryan is not instantly quoted as saying so. We’ve contacted Sony for affirmation on that time.
Update: Sony has now confirmed to IGN that Days Gone will arrive for PC in Spring.
“I think a few things changed,” Ryan replied when requested why the corporate had modified its tack on releasing exclusives for PC. “We discover ourselves now in early 2021 with our improvement studios and the video games that they make in higher form than they’ve ever been earlier than. Particularly from the latter half of the PS4 cycle our studios made some fantastic, nice video games.
“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.”
This announcement follows within the footsteps of Horizon Zero Dawn, which Sony introduced for and launched for PC in 2020. Ryan explains that SIE assessed the response to that port in making the choice to launch extra ports, explaining that PC gamers “liked it and they bought it”, and that there was “no massive adverse reaction” from PlayStation gamers to the sport heading off of consoles. “We will continue to take mission steps in this direction,” Ryan added.
There was, in fact, extra proof that Sony needed to convey extra of its first-party lineup to PC, as in Sony’s 2020 corporate report, it talked about it’s going to “explore expanding our 1st party titles to the PC platform, in order to promote further growth in our profitability.”
For extra on the PC model of Horizon, make sure to try our preliminary PC port evaluation of Horizon Zero Dawn.
Jonathon Dornbush is IGN’s Senior News Editor, host of Podcast Beyond!, and PlayStation lead. Talk to him on Twitter @jmdornbush.