PS4 games to phased out in favour of PC and mobile says PlayStation

Sony has described its plans for the future, including two new live service games by March and a 50/50 split with new and existing IP.

The word PlayStation may be synonymous with consoles, but Sony has revealed that by 2025 it expects half of its releases to be on PC and mobile.

That doesn’t necessarily mean that there’ll be less on PlayStation 5, just more on the other formats, but new PlayStation 4 releases will definitely be phased out during that period.

PlayStation boss Jim Ryan made the comments during a business briefing on Thursday, in which he also revealed that Sony has two unannounced new live service games due for release in the next financial year, which ends in March 2023.

Ryan made the business case for the change by saying that concentrating only on single-player narrative games meant restricting the company to a ‘narrow portion of the gaming market’.

Previously, Sony had committed to release 10 first party live service games by 2026, but on Thursday Ryan was already talking about 12. Three will be released in the next financial year, but while one of those is baseball sim MLB The Show the other two are not yet announced.

He said neither of the two games are related to Bungie or Destiny, but it does seem possible that the strongly rumoured new Twisted Metal game could be one of them.

You can see all the slides from the presentation here, with another interesting one revealing that Sony plans to increase the ratio of original IP from the situation in 2019, when 77% of first party releases were sequels or spin-offs, to a position in 2025 where 50% are brand new IP.

Again, there’s no clue as to what any of these new games are and while Sony is assumed to have a new preview event scheduled for this summer they’ve never confirmed that.

As has been the case the last few times he’s talked about the future of PlayStation, a lot of Ryan’s rhetoric is similar to that of Xbox boss Phil Spencer, in terms of how he wants to expand the reach of the brand and get more people playing games beyond just console users.

However, unlike his Xbox counterpart, Ryan has still never talked about streaming in any detail, and it remains unclear how important that is to PlayStation’s immediate future. Although the final slide from the event did mention both the cloud and the Metaverse.

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