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Jim Ryan: Narrative Rich Games Will Remain the Bedrock of PlayStation's 1st-Party Lineup

Jim Ryan: Narrative Rich Games Will Remain the Bedrock of PlayStation's 1st-Party Lineup - News

by William D'Angelo , posted on 01 October 2023 / 3,412 Views

PlayStation CEO Jim Ryan in a Q&A session with analysts from 2022 that were included with the recent Xbox leak from the court documents for the FTC vs Microsoft case stated that narrative rich games will remain the "bedrock" of its first-party lineup when asked about the 10 live service games they have in development.

"It would be naive for us to assume that all 10 (live service games) will be massive successes so that is not a necessary condition for us to double first party revenues," said Ryan. "That is certainly not what we're assuming. Clearly, the distinction between a hit and not a hit is not a binary one.

"And don't forget that as we do this, we will continue to publish the games that have served us so well over the years. These first person, graphically beautiful narrative rich games will continue to be the bedrock of our first party publishing business."

Ryan was asked how many of the live service games would be based on existing IPs from PlayStation and he revealed it would be a mix. 

"It's a mixture," he said. "I'm not going to go beyond anything that's already been announced, but it would be fair to say that when you look at our IP portfolio and when you think about the biggest names in there, having those games break out from the constraints of the console model is a very significant prospect for us.

"You can assume that a significant portion of our existing AAA IP will find its way into a live service game. We have partnerships under development with people who we've already worked with and with some new partners, who will bring new IP to PlayStation and there's even one or two things that are completely new that are coming from the ground up. But I think it's the first category that really excites us because those games leverage something that we already know resonates massively with the gaming community. It's an untapped opportunity for us. And if we do it right, the potential upside for SIE will be enormous."

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 and taking over the hardware estimates in 2017. He has expanded his involvement in the gaming community by producing content on his own YouTube channel and Twitch channel. You can contact the author on Twitter @TrunksWD.

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Runa216 (on 25 September 2023)

I mean, it's been the case for the last decade or so and it's been incredibly lucrative, so...

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Leynos (on 25 September 2023)

Have you seen the intro for OMEGA BOOST, Jim? It's peak narrative rich. REMAKE IT! Oh and Wild Arms. Bring it back.

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DonFerrari (on 25 September 2023)

That is what myself want. I don't like but can accept they putting new investment to GAAS that is even bigger than what they have been putting on traditional gaming and expecting this will more than double their 1st party revenue. But they need to keep well and alive what have made them reach their current state.

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TallSilhouette (on 25 September 2023)

Let's hope so.

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JuliusHackebeil (on 26 September 2023)

"First person" -What?

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UnderwaterFunktown (on 25 September 2023)

Here's hoping. Curious to see what they have in store for the coming years. Wolverine and probably Ghost of Tsushima 2, but other than that who knows?

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pikashoe (on 25 September 2023)

I hope this is true, but I'm sceptical.

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dane007 (on 25 September 2023)

Hope they change up the formula. It's getting all kinds samey with their formula.

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method114 dane007 (on 25 September 2023)

I'm fine with what they are doing. Spiderman and GOT and TLOU 2 are all very different games for me. If they are all samey to you I guess but there's always Xbox you can go to. I think the average consumer in general seems to be a fan of what they are doing so it's in their best interest they stick with it.

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dane007 method114 (on 25 September 2023)

Got is basically assassin creed..reminded me of origins I have Xbox and switch and ps5.. the formula is getting predictable ..U can predict what's going to happen..Spiderman games is basically a game of chores. U knock each chore one by one and U get rewarded. For me Sony game world's don't feel alive because they are so restricted in what U can see or interact with so that they can keep the visuals up high.. alot of theirngame world's are empty. I noticed that alot playing Ragnarok on ps5. It's Very very empty

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Dante9 dane007 (on 26 September 2023)

These games work for me 100%, so hopefully they keep them coming. The story and how it is presented is the main point in these games, if that's not your thing, there's a world of other stuff for you elsewhere.

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method114 dane007 (on 26 September 2023)

Yea and I loved AC Origins also. Why wouldn't I want more of the same? I couldn't predict what was going to happen in GOT at all. There were so many stories other than the main one there is no way you predicted the outcomes of every single one.

You see the Spiderman game as a set of chores and I see it as a set of fun challenges and a good story. I think it's fun playing the game as Spiderman. It feels good and I feel like I'm playing Spiderman.

I think Sony just isn't making the kind of games you like and that's ok. Not everything has to be for everyone. There are plenty of game companies making other games that maybe you enjoy more. They should not change their strategy though because it's clearly working.

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dane007 method114 (on 27 September 2023)

How is beating different gangs 5 times peer gang per district fun?. They all look the same minus costume changes. Stopping crime which had 4 Verity hut repeated as U had to do 5 times per district. Eventually to make it faster I use to knock them in the air and swing them off

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method114 dane007 (on 27 September 2023)

Well you don't have to do that if you don't want to. You can only do it two times or as many times as you want until it's not fun anymore. It's not required content you can do it or not it's there for those who want it. I did it because I really enjoyed the combat and it was fun to me. Almost all games have some sort of repetitive content why would you expect Spiderman to be any different?

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dane007 method114 (on 28 September 2023)

Because without it U don't unlock suits and without that U don't unlock abilities and skill points. That's why it's needed. If I ignored it then combat itself becomes very shallow because you won't have those extra moves unlocks. It's more shallow then the combat in Arkham knights!!. There's a difference between repetitive side quests in other games and the ones U see in Spiderman. Insomniac has tens of year worth of material for Spiderman from the comics alone. U seriously U can't tell me that insomniac can't create different activities for every district? Because to me it felt like a copy and paste job. If it wasn't for the easy plantinum I wouldnt have done 100 percent.

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method114 dane007 (on 28 September 2023)

I don't remember needing to do all that content to unlock all the abilities but I could be wrong. I don't know I enjoyed it but if you didn't like it I get it. No game is perfect and I guess you can just chalk this up as one of Spidermans flaws. I never did the DLC though which just seemed like more of the same and by that time I had my fill of Spiderman.

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dane007 method114 (on 30 September 2023)

I only stuck to it cause it was easy plantinum and I needed to get more trophies 🤣

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