It seems that Sony believe that their E3 lineup was one of the bravest around, showing that they are “far from safe” with their game choices, and that the company are “taking a lot of risks” with Beyond and The Last of Us.
Speaking in an interview with Gamespot, software product development head Scott Rhode said that what Sony showed off at E3 are things other game publishers would be “scared” to embrace – indeed a look over at the MS show shows nothing but sequels or new entries into old hard worn series.
“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.
“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.’”
Rhode’s reasoning behind this is: ”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.”
He then went on to say how innovation is still very much at the forefront of the company’s aims.
“The fact that we can have The Unfinished Swan, and we can have Beyond, and we can haveThe 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.
“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.”
Whilst it’s great to see that PlayStation are taking chances with their IPs, it should also be noted that they’re playing it safe with games like God of War: Ascension and with titles like Playstation All Stars.