Tomous wrote:So in addition to Ratchet and Clank and Spider-man 2, Insomniac have Sunset Overdrive remaster AND a sequel in the works. Strong output if true.
Sony are going to increase the amount they spend on their internal / close relationship studios by $180m. So yeah, that should mean we get even more games from their high profile studios.
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The closest thing we got, in the end, was CFO Hiroki Totoki's comment about the company's plans to invest heavily in growing its internal studios -- a fairly boilerplate comment in an earnings call, but one that becomes a little more interesting when you consider the number that Totoki attached to that investment.
The increase in staffing at first-party studios carries a price tag of around $180 million this year, it seems -- that's just the year-on-year increase, not the total staffing budget -- which implies a pretty dramatic growth rate for Sony's existing studios and likely the creation of some new ones. Along with Totoki's mention of a renewed focus on second-party type relationships, the strategy Sony intends seems clear: exclusives, exclusives, exclusives, but with an emphasis on the kind that are created rather than acquired.
I'd buy a PS5 for a Sunset Overdrive sequel. Playing it now very much feels like a pre-Spider-Man audition game, it's got very satisfying traversal mechanics and is big, stupid fun. All I could ask for in a game.