Jim Ryan has departed Sony Interactive Entertainment, after roughly 30 years at the company.
Less live service nonsense, I hope. Maybe more than one or two first-party releases a year would be nice as well. It'd be nice if they fixed the PS+ price hike too, but that's less likely because the only reason they would have increased the price in the first place is if it wasn't making them enough money to satisfy shareholders. We won't see the real effects of Jim leaving for another 2-3 years and it all depends on who is replacing him.
With how much money they make, I really doubt we'll see the end of Live Service experiments at Sony. Even if it's last few have been... under-whelming.
What live service stuff have we seen so far again? I can't recall any
What live service game?
@crazyCoconuts @Crows90 Sony's definition of live service is pretty broad. Stuff like Gran Turismo 7 and MLB The Show count for them. Helldivers 2 will count. I'm not sure if they're including Marathon or Destiny 2 as Bungie remains seperate from Playstation Studios
@plague, sorry man, that's reaching. Has Sony actually followed through with any real life service games?
It'll be great without Jim Ryan running all the PS gamers out of the room by passing GaaS.
@crazyCoconuts https://www.truetrophies.co... This is their financial report from early 2022. They list MLB the Show as a live service game and mention they will add 2 live service franchises in 2022. GT7 is the only game they released in 2022 that would count. The other was probably supposed to be Factions. GT7 is getting free updates, requires always online, and has a daily gatcha roulette and microtransactions. This isn't my opinion this is what Sony themselves stated Even Destruction All-Stars was a live service failure.
Are you just living on another realm of existence?
@plaque I've been playing Gt7 and have about 20million credits. Did all that without the need to buy any of the credits. And it didnt take too much of a grinding either. I didn't need to buy every single car. Just a few. Enjoyed online racing as well. MLB..i would play only offline career so i dnt know
Oh please, the last ps+ price hike was 6 years ago in 2017 while Netflix, Spotify, Amazon Prime etc. raise their price nearly every year.
Unlike those services, the PS+ price hike wasn't by dollar amount, it was by percentage. Across the board the prices for each PS+ tier increased about 30%. The lowest tier went up by way less than the highest tier. It's a clear money-grab, especially when they haven't even offered more Classics to warrant the huge increase on the Premium tier. Also, unrelated, but it's still bad when those other services increase the price of their subscriptions as well, so I don't understand the use of this argument.
"a clear money grab"- how is that clear? They were already MUCH cheaper than their competition in terms of annual so they brought that a little more in line. I think they were losing money on that $99/year Extra plan in my guestimation
Exactly, everything goes up practically on a yearly basis apart from gaming subs.
There's no way they would buy Bungie for the life service stuff to drop those plans after this guy leaves.
"We won't see the real effects of Jim leaving for another 2-3 years and it all depends on who is replacing him." I believe we´ll have news regarding the future of Playstation rather sooner than later. As Ryan steps down next month, demands for what´s next for Playstation will not only be made by gamers, but shareholders, investors and board directors. PS games on PC will still to be a thing? Will those games come to PC sooner or even later? Day One Playstation games on PS Plus will be a thing? Will those games be released sooner on the service? There´ll be AAA third party day one releases on the service? GaaS will continue to be a focus? Will Playstation continue and invest in third party exclusives? Will Playstation establish new partnerships with Microsoft and or Nintendo? Will Playstation continue and invest in acquisition of studios? Will they now invest in publishers as well? There will be more PSVR2 games from first party studios? There´s lots of questions that needs to be addressed by the new leadership. Of course, Totoki also might answer all of it with a single note: "All of Playstation future plans and direction, remains the same" and call it a day.
Day One Playstation games on PS Plus will be a thing? Will those games be released sooner on the service? There´ll be AAA third party day one releases on the service? I don't see this happening. The only reason ms did it is cause they were desperate imo. I'd rather Sony not do day one. I'm also of the mindset I prefer to physically own my games not rent or digitally have them. I've got no issue paying for a game I will truly enjoy.
@shinoff2183 "I don't see this happening." Just because you don´t see it happening doesn´t mean it won´t happen. I don´t think you remember but there´s a lot of "I don't see this happening" type of comment in the comment history of many people here regarding both Playstation games on PC and some Playstation "Gamepass" type of service. "The only reason ms did it is cause they were desperate imo." By the time MS announced day one first party games on Gamepass the general opinion were that it would never happen! All that bs talk about "it´s not sustainable" blah blah bah. Now we have not only all of the first party games day one on Gamepass but AAA third party games day one as well. Imo, PS Plus will never outperform Gamepass if Sony is not willing to heavily invest on it specially now after that 40% price hike, and yet, they had the nerve to remove Spider-Man from its content list. According to FTC documents MS had made more profit out revenue in 2022 than Sony, while numbers from both Bethesda and Activision weren´t even accounted. You might think Sony have nothing to worry about, but that sudden retirement announcement does sound an alarm, and things about to change, again. Like it or not.
I saw you addressed Shinoff by saying Gamepass will be getting third party AAA games day one. I have Gamepass & what third party AAA games have currently released on Gamepass?
@Elda "I have Gamepass & what third party AAA games have currently released on Gamepass?" Those are the latest off the top of my head: A Plague Tale Requiem MLB 23 Atomic Heart Wo Long: Fallen Dinasty Exoprimal Upcoming AAA Third Party releases day one on Gamepass (also off the top of my head) S.T.A.L.K.E.R 2 Flintlock Like a Dragon Gaiden: The Man Who Erased His Name Persona 3 Reload Kunitsu-Gami: Path of the Goddess
“Less live service nonsense, I hope.” Don’t bet on it. All the top grossing games are live service games. It’s apparently where the masses want to spend their money.
I just hope an actual gamer gets the position. I wouldn’t mind Herman Hulst. He knows how gaming development works inside out.
At the end of the day, if you want to run a billion dollar company, you need to make money for the shareholders. If not they will throw you out like yesterdays garbage.
Do you for real think he's the reason why we'll get 10 live-service games over the span of 8 years, a long with singleplayer masterpieces? Regarding the "price hike" it's the first in 6 years, and still cheaper than GamePass, even thou it became a better service. What is it you're actually crying about?
They haven't even put out one and you guys are screaming too much. Personally I can't wait for a live service games on some of the IPs, for example, Ghost's legend mode, it was awesome that it was free, I played at least 200 hours on it, but if it is a live service game then I would still be playing today because it would get the funding for additional content, which I don't mind paying because of how good that was. A monster hunter type of games in the Horizon's universe would be fun too. A lot of amazing world that I would love to explore more with friends. Of course I still looking forward to all the single player games, but both can co-exist.
Cashing MLB and GT7 live service games...dunno. They both have tons of single player content. Destruction All Stars isn't even a first party game.
"Destruction All Stars isn't even a first party game." Yes, it is.
@erinlime What live-service nonsense? Here is what Sony has said: “We will continue to publish the games that have served us so well over the years. These single player, graphically beautiful, narrative rich games will continue to be the bedrock of our first party publishing business” Why is making live-service on top, nonsense? MS is currently only doing live service. Starfield is live service, redfall is live service. Double standard much?
A return to the old Sony hopefully, way less focus on gaas, don't overly secretive about what games you have coming, keep providing AAA single player games. Basically do what they have always done before Jim.
just to let you know, he has worked for sony, for 30 years. so .... your comment doesnt rly make a whole lot of sense.