Sony admits it's 'taking a risk' with Beyond, The Last of Us
- Posted June 15th, 2012 at 09:47 EDT by Mike Harradence
- 5 Comments
Sony has admitted that the console maker is taking ‘a lot of risks’ with its next batch of PlayStation 3 exclusives.
The company showcased two major games for its flagship console at E3 last week in the shape of Naughty Dog’s The Last of Us and Quantic Dream’s Beyond: Two Souls. And, while both titles impressed, Sony has said the line-up is “far from safe.”
Speaking with GameSpot, Sony’s Scott Rohde opined that other publishers may not be so willing to invest in games like Beyond and the innovative Wonderbook.
"If you can find another publisher in this industry who would build Beyond, I'd like to meet that publisher," commented Rohde. "I really think that [Beyond] is as far from 'safe' as it gets.
"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.'"
On the subject of taking risks, Rohde believes that Naughty Dog would be far safer pumping Uncharted sequels than take a punt on fresh IP like The Last of Us.
“For a developer of that calibre, 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.”
"The fact that we can have The Unfinished Swan, and we can have Beyond, and we can have The Last of Us, and God of War. Of course with some titles you're going to iterate; a sports title is a great example. But to have that wide range and to offer something new, like Wonderbook.”
And for those of you who were disappointed with Sony’s E3 presser, Rohde made it clear that the company was keeping many of its cards close to its chests – the conference could have run twice as long as it did. Above all else however, the executive made it clear that innovation is a key component in Sony’s strategy.
"I say this every time like a broken record; our press conference could have been twice as long because we have that much content that we could show, we just didn't have time to show it all. Sound Shapes is another perfect example.
"These are all innovations that other companies would be a little scared to embrace, I believe. So innovation is top of the charts at PlayStation."
Ghost-Rhayne | Ghost-Rhayne
- 10:21am EDT - June 15th, 2012
I agree. No one takes risks like Sony with their software. MS plays it safe with their usual suspects, as does Nintendo with theirs. You would never see a game like Heavy Rain on another system.
- 1:56pm EDT - June 15th, 2012
exactly SONY takes risks in return we receive innovation and quality I don't know why the worries about Beyond and Last Of Us I'm sure these titles will sell A LOT and thank god these exclusives are not pointless FPS 's or low quality open world games.
- 2:32pm EDT - June 15th, 2012
i agree that beyond is kind of a risk, but knowing the success of Heavy Rain should help them predict how well Beyond will do (which they probably already took into account). The risk is somewhat minimal if you know the potential for success. On top of that The last of Us is awesome looking and I can't imagine it not causing a whole bunch of interest, so I dont see these being as risky as they make it seem. I think Sony is just trying to exaggerate that they're more open to new IP's and ideas than M$ or Nintendo. They probably realized that, for the most part, everything else at E3 was the same recycled garbage and that they can market their "risk" taking to set themselves apart
Drebin296 | Drebin296
- 8:36pm EDT - June 15th, 2012
These sort of games are why I own a PS3,
jamesobachand | snake2112
- 11:15am EDT - June 18th, 2012
I believe that it is not too late for Last of Us or Beyond 2 Souls. Both game look great and a must buy in my book. I am glad that companies are still pumping money into the PS3. People are getting sick of jumping from system to system; I know because I have been a gamer since Atari. I am not speaking for the Wonderbook, due to the fact the "move & navigator" hasn't produced super great games, but I have to wonder why not a great Star War's game?
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