“Nobody really cares about a game that’s just okay,” says Jim Ryan.
Development times of games have grown enormously throughout the history of the medium, commensurate with its complexity. On PlayStation It is common to see the company give long periods of time to their internal studies when they work in “AAA” projects, whether it was in the PS4 era -as the case of The Last of Us 2- as it seems it will be now in the PlayStation 5 era. And Jim Ryan is clear that this is the correct strategy, because, according to him, “players only remember the best games”.
Nobody cares about a game that’s just okayJim ryanOn an interview for TMT, the current president of PlayStation He has talked about very diverse topics, such as the long developments in current games. In this, Ryan follows the philosophy of Shigeru Miyamoto by stating that you better wait and have a good game, to publish a worse game but in less time. When asked how he maintains patience during the development of the games, Ryan answers the following: “This is a good question. I think it is similar to a previous question, that is, the one of ‘what is the importance of PlayStation Studios‘”.
“Especially it is his ability to develop games and demonstrate the advantages of the platform,” Ryan continues. “Therefore, people like me have to keep those two things in mind and to realize that it is better to wait and have a great game than to rush it and have a game that is not bad, or that is a good thing. “In this, the president of PlayStation adds:”Players only remember the best games, instead of the games that are ‘good’. If it’s a top game, players will want a sequel, and they will want to buy that sequelBut no one really cares about a game that’s just okay. “
We don’t want products that are good, we want the bestJim ryanIn this, remember that the sources of Jason Schreier, a Bloomberg journalist, assure that PlayStation prevented creating a Days Gone 2 due to its average grade. Jim Ryan goes on to state that resources are obviously not unlimited. “Given the financial and product portfolio considerations, we will also press to studies to complete a specific product within the expected deadlines. But usually we don’t want products that are good, we want the best“.
Currently, PlayStation Studios is working on more than 25 new games, of which half are new IP. In the past, both Jim Ryan and Sony management have discussed the importance of diversify your catalog to compete in today’s market, which is why they prepare several exclusive multiplayer games with external studios, in addition to those narrative adventures for a player that already characterize the brand.
For now, PlayStation fans are looking forward to that release of Horizon: Forbidden West at the end of the year, and then we will see whether or not it is a “best-of-breed” game, as Jim Ryan demands.
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