Game Informer sat down with the chairman of Worldwide Studios to discuss all things PlayStation, including why it has chosen to skip E3.
"Game Informer: Games are always changing. You guys have done an amazing job of innovating, and there was even a time when people were saying single-player games are dead, and you said, “That’s cute…” Shawn Layden: Hold my beer." They guy's a natural.
They're prefering quality over quantity in their first party. And that is greatly respectable. And the single player outings they made have been nothing short of a best seller or GOTY as of late.
more grease to the elbows of the PS team. looking forward to the great exclusives ahead.
I'll admit.I was sad when jack left.And when shawn took his place I didn't feel the same enthusiasm that jack had.After 2 years he grew on me.Just might have benn the nervous fear that struck him. Pls bring back Socom MAG Twisted Metal Legend of Dragoon
One more. WARHAWK
I felt exactly the same. Jack was great with Playstation and I wasn't sure about Shawn when he joined but he seems natural now. Personally I find his more casual wear with the beard more appealing on stage then the suit, especially since he seems more relaxed when presenting.
More downplaying and trash talking of E3 and then later in the interview they say they might be back at E3 in 2020.
Clearly then they weren’t trash talking. Imagination nation, lol.
Don't twist his words, he wasn't trash talking he just wants E3 to be more about the gamers and the public and sees it becoming more of a trade show with the lack of general admission, and also hopes E3 will change in the future.
Why should it have to change? It's not Sony's event. E3 is the biggest celebration in gaming for the whole year. Why would it need to change when it's already the biggest and the best? This is some shady tactics that's bad for gamers and bad for the industry.
Um, E3 is a trade show, the whole point of it is for press to cover what’s coming out and for retailers to see what games they’ll want to stock up on. This was never meant to be an event for the public.
@crimson that's my point, and he wants to see it change to a more public event like others he mentions in the article in future, he wasn't trash talking it.
He isn’t saying we are changing it. He says the scene has changed because of internet, anyone can make their own event without needing to do it at a 3rd party’s event.
E3 has changed through the years. It is a trade show for the press and to let different entertainment tech companies to collaborate and see what they might want to do in the future. The public side of it has been taken over almost completely by the gaming industry, and the console makers, and major publishers have pretty much made it more into a marketing spectacle.
I don't think it's trash talking so much. I think his point about less big games is the key component in there 2019 decision. It's disapointing, but it makes sense.
...He's on the board of the ESA, my guy. Why would he trash talk an event he has a hand in planning and organizing? That's WHY he's speaking on how he'd like to see it change.
Too bad it's not up to him huh
It kinda is, as well as the rest of the board. This is the pitch he's working.
Or it kind of isn't. The gamers are who shapes what kind of show E3 is. Gamers want Sony to be at E3 but Sony doesn't want to.
I'd rather they not be there just to give us a small update on the same games tbh. It'd just open them up to more bad press a la E3 2014. This also quite literally has nothing to do with his idea for E3 itself so... not sure what you're trying to do other than be negative for the sake of it.
Did anyone see the part of the interview where he talked about games as a service and how they've tried it before but weren't very successful at it
And how he referred to PS Now saying it "was a good experiment". I don't think they're shuttering it, just an interesting way to refer to it...
"As ever, just work with your PlayStation account manager" Rather than making passive aggressive tweets on social media to get attention... Looking at you Hi-Rez
A conglomerate as large as Sony cannot afford passive aggressive remarks over something as small as crossplay.
Sure they can. Devs can afford to work with their account manager instead of trying to win in the court of public opinion. Sony has proven that at least this gen, that trying to pressure them publicly isn't going to change anything. Chances are, those within the company responsible for communicating compliance standards to devs would have more effect.
Hi-Rez already talked to Sony and nothing has happened, so did the Wargroove devs. An obvious PR response to the question. https://theplaystationbrahs... Maybe that account manager didn't know about the beta program at the time.
Like I said Rather than attention seeking passive aggressive tweet. Sony made it clear it's a beta.
Moral of the story: Quality > Quantity
Or Quantity of Quality
Very insightful interview. To me it seemed he was dropping hints the whole time.
a company with him and yoshida on charge deserve to be n.1
Sony are the market leader for a reason.
I love his response to "me too". We don't need a hundred battle Royale type games. Laydens a smart businessman, you can tell by that alone. A diversity of games versus Microsofts Phil Spencer that is more about staying trendy than venturing out to be innovative or tackling something new. Microsofts relationship, uh, tight relationship with EA is actually damaging to Microsoft or maybe vice versa as the business greed of necessity of DLC and microtransactions just show your consumers as money trying to pick their pockets instead of as a gamer or rather a person. GT Sport wanted to have nothing to do with any of that but to give the consumer what they paid that hard earned $59.99, EVEYTHING. Forza? Still can't let go of that pocket picking mentality. Shawn Layden, like his predecessor Jack Trettons, a smart and I'd dare say considerate businessman, no wonder PS4 is nearly onehundred million strong on just six years.
"Never leave your destiny to trends." Swing Out Sister Break Out!
I'm sure they'll bring out a BR game at some point. It's too popular to ignore forever. But, it may just be a mode in another game. I think MAG would be great for it, and I've seen some people say SOCOM. Personally, I think maybe they should take the soldier/survivor aspect out of the equation, and do it in something like Twisted Metal. Last man standing on an ever decreasing map with cars battling it out could be pretty cool.
I want another 5 new IPs on par with the last of us.
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