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Hermen Hulst on PlayStation’s Future: More Live Services, More PCs, Newer Franchise


For a while, the PlayStation brand has been growing. No longer simply meaning a console under your TV, the word “PlayStation” is now applied to movies, TV shows, or even games exclusive to the brand’s console. appear on the PC.

Now, speaking to several media outlets, Head of PlayStation Studios Hermen Hulst outlined a bit more about what’s available in future PlayStation expansions.

A clear pillar of PlayStation’s future business strategy are live-serve games, as demonstrated by Sony’s $3.7 billion buys Bungie. According to Hulst, Bungie’s role in the PlayStation family will partly be an example of how to handle the live service model.

“I have been a long time Bungie admirer,” said the executive GQ. “They speak our language and so they have been doing this for a decade since the original release Life. So the battle scars they earn, coupled with their sheer transparency mean I couldn’t think of a better partner to have in that space. “

Meanwhile, Hulst said to Axios PlayStation has a total of 12 green projects in the live performance space. This is in line with the numbers Sony CFO Hiroki Totoki said back in February when we learned PlayStation was planning to launch. more than ten live service games in March 2026. At the time, Totoki also cited the Bungie acquisition as the main reason why the development, release, and maintenance of so many live-serve games was possible during that time.

You can expect PlayStation’s live syndication offerings to be a mix of new IPs and recognizable franchises. Hulst told GQ that PlayStation has “about 25 titles in development” and that about half of the projects in development are new IPs. He also said that PlayStation “doesn’t rule out bringing some of our favorite existing franchises to live games.”

Sony’s recent AAA productions have largely eliminated the multiplayer part entirely, with games like The Last of Us Part II, Horizon Forbidden West, Spider-Man: Miles Morales and God of War Ragnarok coming up again. service as a solo experience. However, there are exceptions to Ghost of Tsushima Legends and Returnal .’s multiplayer support both come after boot.

As we all know, some Sony studios are developing independent multiplayer projects, instead of grouping them with single player experience. We know The Last of Us is getting an indie multiplayer titleand recent rumors suggest a Horizon multiplayer game could be in the works.

While Sony will start dedicating more resources to live multiplayer services, Hulst appears to remain committed to Sony’s flagship single-player titles, telling Axios that the games play Narrative singles will get nowhere. They seem to take longer to get here, however, given the history delay to Horizon Forbidden West and God of War Ragnarokwhile Spider-Man 2 currently the only major book exclusively published by Sony on books for 2023, outside the company PSVR 2 plans.

While continuing to wait for new PS5 exclusives, PC players are finally starting to experience some of the best games PlayStation 4 has to offer. Recently, franchises like God of War, Spider-Man and Uncharted have begun to appear on PCThis is likely to continue into the future.

Hulst said to Reuters that “additional investment in areas that will enhance expansion to PC” is a solid possibility.

However, it’s not just a PS5 and PC party from now on. In the interview with Axios, Hulst also mentioned bringing more games to the PS4 on a “case-by-case basis” and discussed building Sony’s “internal capacity” to create games. mobile play. This early year, Sony Forms Its PlayStation Studios Mobile Division to start working on mobile games based on new and existing IPs.

Finally, when Hulst told Reuters about Sony’s recent investment in Elden Ring developer FromSoftware, Hulst said it was “unthinkable.” PlayStation Productions may work on an entertaining adaptation of the FromSoftware property. FromSoftware is the developer of the Elden Ring, Bloodborne, Sekiro, and Dark Souls series.

For more PlayStation, check out how Sony seems to be planning production 2 million PSVR 2 units for launch. Or read about how PS5 seems to be jailbrokento those who have installed Hideo Kojima’s PT.

Logan Plant is a freelance writer for IGN on video games and entertainment news. He has over six years of experience in the games industry with staff members at IGN, Nintendo Wire, Switch Player Magazine, and Lifewire. Find him on Twitter @LoganJPlant.

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