The Head of Independent Developer Initiatives at playstationShuhei Yoshida, talked about the expansion of the Playstation Plus and how the company views adding new titles to the service.
“[…] We believe in a premium release of a title when it launches and after maybe six months, or three months, or three years, when the game’s sales go down, inclusion in the PS Plus Extra service can help showcase those games to new, wider audiences,” Yoshida said.
He added: “Some people may have missed these games when they came out and it’s a great opportunity to play them and generate word of mouth or, if there’s a DLC or a sequel , we can help engage a wider audience in the franchise, so we encourage publishers to use these services to manage the lifecycle of each title.”
While Sony titles don’t release on PS Plus on day one, notable indie titles have found success doing so, such as Rocket League and Fall Guys for example, or even more recently, stray.
Earlier in the year, Jim Ryan, CEO of Sony Interactive Entertainmentasserted that games “could suffer” from being added to PlayStation Plus on day one.
Asked about adding new “first-party” Sony titles to the service in the same way as Microsoft does it with its Xbox Game PassRyan had said, “It’s not a path we’ve taken in the past. And it’s not a path we’re going to take with this new service.”
“We believe that if we were to do this with the games we make at PlayStation Studios, that virtuous cycle will be broken. The level of investment we need to put in place in our studios would not be feasible, and we believe the backlash on the quality of the games we make would not be something players want.”
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