“The days of a platform-holder working in isolation are long gone.”
While Microsoft decides to focus on first party franchises on Xbox One (Rise of the Tomb Raider notwithstanding), Sony seems to be aggressively going in the opposite direction with third party DLC deals (Destiny, Call of Duty: Black Ops 3) and exclusives like Street Fighter 5. According to PlayStation Europe boss Jim Ryan in an interview with MCV, such deals will still hold great importance for Sony in 2016.
“We are going to be strong with games that we have developed and we will publish, but third-party partnerships will continue to be important to us. The days of a platform-holder working in isolation are long gone.
“It is a connected ecosystem and relationships with publishers operate on many levels – they will certainly continue to be really important in 2016.”
Such deals have been paying off pretty well for Sony what with Destiny: The Taken King smashing downloadable game records, Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 set to be a huge success and Street Fighter 5 continuing to draw attention. What are your thoughts on the same? Let us know below.