PlayStation News: Sony to continue their work on single-player games, but will focus more on multiplayer
Sony completely dominated the latest chapter in the console wars. In the most recent generation, the PlayStation 4 more than doubled the sales of the Xbox One and Nintendo Switch. And that was all thanks to their incredible library of single-player focused titles.
With the PS4, Sony focused on storytelling more than anything else. Titles like Horizon: Zero Dawn, Marvel's Spider-Man, and God of War come to mind. Even games that had some kind of multiplayer attraction like Bloodborne, this generation's Sony exclusive of the Soulsborne series, didn't require other players to give you the full experience of the game.
It's not even this console generation. The Uncharted series and The Last of Us caught fans by storm, seemingly making the mind of gamers before the PS4 even came out. Sony's single-player focus worked out and has helped them win multiple Game of the Year awards over the past few years.
And while they'll continue to bring their fans the incredible stories and single-player games, it seems they may be looking to break into the multiplayer market again.
In an interview with Business Insider, Sony Interactive Entertainment's Chairman Shawn Layden talked about how important multiplayer will be with the PlayStation 5.
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 wanted to make sure that fans understood they weren't stepping away from what put them on top. Story-driven single player is where their main focus is at. However, they're also looking at a version of multiplayer that's been dying out over the years, couch co-op.
That's a whole category I think the industry needs to look back at. We have sports titles, some racing titles, but not much else. I think that speaks to the power of the internet, but otherwise we might wanna revisit that to get more family engagement in the gaming experience.
It looks like the PlayStation 5 will bring some experimentation from Sony, which is a good thing. And they'll continue to work with the kind of games that made players fans in the first place while also trying to offer competition for a completely different market. The next generation should bring good things for Sony.
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