Speaking to Nikkei (as translated by VGC), PlayStation’s Boss Jim Ryan has revealed that the company has been quietly investing in first-party software and that the stock situation will improve this year.
In relation to first party software for the PS5, Ryan said: “We have been quietly but steadily investing in high-quality games for PlayStation, and we will make sure that the PS5 generation will have more dedicated software than ever before,”
“We have repeatedly engaged in mergers and acquisitions, including Insomniac Games in the US. We will not rule out that option in the future.” Ryan continued.
Currently, we already know about quite a few PS5 exclusives including Returnal, Ratchet and Clank: Rift Apart as well as the likes of Horizon Forbidden West, Gran Turismo 7 and the next God of War, although a few of these are set to come to the PlayStation 4.
Speaking about the stock situation that is obviously still dire in Australia and other parts of the world, Ryan said that manufacturers have been asked to increase production.
“There are several reasons why PS5 was hard to come by,” he said. “Supply under the new coronavirus was very complicated, and we had to limit distribution to online. The supply and demand for semiconductors is also tight worldwide. We are asking our suppliers to allow us to increase production, which will flow into the market this year.”
It’s going to be interesting to see how the next 12-18 months shakes out. I feel that exclusives aren’t hugely important right now as clearly the PS5 is flying off shelves, but Sony will want to be ready with games when stock does improve and consoles aren’t flying off shelves as quickly.