Crossgen versions aren’t new and have been around for generations of consoles, so it’s no surprise that Sony doesn’t leave its 110 million PS4 gamers out in the cold when it comes to new exclusives.
Herman Hulst, head of PlayStation Studios, hinted today that some previously announced PS5 exclusives, including the recently delayed God of War Ragnarok, may in fact make their way to the PS4, as was the case with Horizon Forbidden West. – which may or may not be delayed beyond its 2021 holiday exit window.
Speaking in an interview with the PlayStation blog (wondering how they landed this guest appearance?), The boss of PlayStation Studios was asked about the importance of the PS4 in ongoing plans for PlayStation Studios.
Hulst said: “Where it makes sense to develop a title for both PS4 and PS5 – for Horizon Forbidden West, God of War, GT7 – we’ll keep looking at that. And if PS4 owners want to play this game, they can. If they want to continue and play the PS5 version, this game will be there for them ”, before continuing with“ it is also very important to have masterpieces for PS5, hence the development of Returnal and Ratchet which are exclusive to PS5.
For PS4 owners who for some reason can’t get their hands on a PS5, this is great news, and it Is it makes sense for Sony to keep this massive audience engaged. The games cost money to make, and if you can only sell these expensive games to a small player base on PS5, you won’t get the money back. It’s simple economics. Still, some will fear that by forcing developers to adapt to both the PS4 and PS5 games won’t use the PS5 to its full potential, which is a fair argument.