Sony’s Scott Rohde has mentioned that they are taking a lot of risks in creating new IPs this late in the console generation. They are creating games that no other publisher would fund; he listed games like The Unfinished Swan, Beyond: Two Souls, The Last of Us, and Wonderbook.
“If you can find another publisher in this industry who would build Beyond, I’d like to meet that publisher. I really think that [Beyond] is as far from ‘safe’ as it gets,” he said to Gamespot.
“Heavy Rain, by itself was not a ‘safe’ title. And to do it again with a totally different story, a larger investment, and to bring Hollywood in, to really enhance that genre that really isn’t touched by many folks in our industry, I think is anything but ‘safe.’]
He mentioned how their top tier developer Naughty Dog is taking risks by making a new IP which is rated M in comparison to the Uncharted games which were rated T.
“And when you think about what Naughty Dog is doing, when I hear ‘safe’ I hear Uncharted 4, Uncharted 5, Uncharted 6, Uncharted 7. And for a developer of that caliber, this late in the cycle of the platform, to introduce a totally new IP for a different audience – meaning going from T-rated to M-rated – I think is anything but ‘safe.’ I really feel like we’re taking a lot of risks with both of those titles.”
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