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Sony Feels Good About Horizon Forbidden West, Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart, and Returnal Launching in 2021

Sony Feels Good About Horizon Forbidden West, Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart, and Returnal Launching in 2021 - News

by William D'Angelo , posted 2 days ago / 1,480 Views

Sony Interactive Entertainment president and CEO Jim Ryan in an interview with GQ says he feels pretty good about Horizon Forbidden West, Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart, and Returnal launching in 2021.

"Yeah, we’re feeling pretty good about ReturnalRatchet & Clank: Rift Apart and Horizon Forbidden West, said Ryan. "And, you know, there are two approaches to this: you can either hold the date and put out the game irrespective of quality or you can ship it when it’s right. We have always taken the latter approach. There have been some fairly high-profile instances of publishers trying the former approach.

"It never works at the best of times. But I think in this world, where creative people are working remotely, you’ve just got to respect the fact that that development needs to take what it needs to take and to get the games right."

Returnal will launch on April 30 and Ratchet and Clank: Rift Apart will launch on June 11. Horizon Forbidden West does not have a release date yet.


A life-long and avid gamer, William D'Angelo was first introduced to VGChartz in 2007. After years of supporting the site, he was brought on in 2010 as a junior analyst, working his way up to lead analyst in 2012. He has expanded his involvement in the gaming community by producing content on his own YouTube channel and Twitch channel dedicated to gaming Let's Plays and tutorials. You can contact the author at wdangelo@vgchartz.com or on Twitter @TrunksWD.


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21 Comments
KLXVER (2 days ago)

My guess is they dont feel very good about God Of War Ragnarok launching in 2021, like probably 99% of the rest of us.

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But the wording "feeling good" about horizon isn't very descriptive. We know the other two are coming this year. God of war doesn't look good. But even horizon only has a greater than 50% given his statement.

Probably it will be this year, but he could have made a stronger statement such as being confident about 2021. And he already played defense about delaying a game. That seems like trying to soften the blow. I could be wrong.

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VAMatt (2 days ago)

I think he is telling us the God of War ain't coming out in 2021.

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Qwark (2 days ago)

Even if GOW doesn't launch this year, that's still pretty solide if you ask me.

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Manlytears Qwark (2 days ago)

more than solid, that's a great year.

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Runa216 Qwark (1 day ago)

One of the better first years in PS history, if you ask me. Then again, I am biased. I love stuff like Nioh and Demon's Souls and Spider-Man and especially Ratchet & Clank. Plus there are high-profile new IPs like Kena and Returnal. which are always risks but it's nice to see them trying, and the last time they released a huge new IP with a tonne of backing we got Ghost of Tsushima. and before that, Horizon: Zero Dawn. The only other console that had a launch year this strong was The Switch. Most other consoles take a few years to build up steam, but the Switch and PS5 basically came out the gate running.

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Yeah. I still don't think the switch has had a year as good as 2017. A consistent stream of good games since then. But 2017 was just crazy. Mario and Zelda released the same year was already great. Add in splatoon, kart deluxe, xenoblade, and third party games like doom.

Hopefully Sony has a lot cooking in the back. 2018 was a little light for the switch. So delaying a couple games could be to Sony's benefit.

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Oh totally. that first year was CLEARLY just a matter of them going 'ah well, the WiiU is a bust, might as well delay a handful of games we could/should put on that console and put them on the new console", frontloading it in the process. Definitely the best year for Switch and honestly probably the best year for PS4 as well. I think 2017 was probably the single best year for gaming and Nintendo was the top of that pile.

I don't think Sony's first year of PS5 is going to do better than Nintendo's first year of Switch (Breath of the Wild and Mario Odyssey is a 1-2 punch that I don't think any company has ever come close to replicating in a single year), but I think Sony has a bit more variety and quanity. I mean, I'm not gonna lie, I put more time into Demon's Souls than I did Mario Odyssey, because as much as I like platformers I prefer soulslikes.

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Imaginedvl (2 days ago)

This is great :) I'm so hyped for the sequel (Horizon). Will have my console probably before that but this will be the main reason!

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UnderwaterFunktown (2 days ago)

Interestingly no mention of God of War: Ragnarok. Wouldn't suprise me if that one gets delayed, but if it happens it happens.

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dx11332sega (2 days ago)

These are must haves I need for my PS5, Sony killing it , their games are always fun.

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mjk45 (2 days ago)

GT 7 where are you ?

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Kakadu18 mjk45 (2 days ago)

GT7 was pushed to 2022.

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The Fury (2 days ago)

After the last year, I'm glad the games are coming out as long as it wasn't detrimental to the developers, their safety should always be a priority.

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Dgc1808 (2 days ago)

More hyped for GoW:R than literally anything else so this is a bit of a bummer.

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holzi (1 day ago)

I would like to know how large PS5 hype would be if they announced their games like they seem to release. Only 2 large Games in 2020. In 2021 only 2-3 large Releases. Not even all exclusive to PS5. And we always hit on Nintendo for not releasing enough big games...

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Qwark holzi (1 day ago)

Botw was not a full exclusive either and doesn't het games like RE village in between as much. Also Nintendo usually doesn't release more than two big games a year. But hey Skyward Sword will sell 10 million anyway,so why take riscs and invest in big games to begin with.

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Cerebralbore101 (1 day ago)
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