While the PS5 launched with only one real console exclusive game, Demons’ Souls, Sony says the future is very bright for the console. We can see this already in 2021. Returnal has been a massive hit so far, Sony has sold over 7.8 million consoles since launch despite the stock shortages. In addition, we have a busy few months ahead as Sony plans on releasing the much anticipated Ratchet and Clank: Rift Apart.
Last month the company claimed that the PS5 would have more exclusives on the platform than ever before and they weren’t lying. According to Hermen Hulst, founder of Guerilla Games, PlayStation Studios, which make up the entirety of Sony-owned development teams, currently have more than 25 games in development just for the PS5.
In an interview with Wired, Hulst says that there’s an incredible amount of variety originating from different regions. He says there are “big, small, different games” of which more than half of these PS5 exclusives will enter the market as new IPs. This is great news as it shows Sony is not leveraging their current franchises in order to push the console hardware. There’s nothing worse than the same old exclusive over and over again.
Keep in mind that these 25 games don’t count indie titles. That division is separate from the PlayStation Studios library. Sony is set to publish a handful of indie games in the coming months and years too including the much-anticipated Kena: Bridge of Spirits, a game from Haven Studios, and Firewalk Studios’ new multiplayer game.
With the PS5 VR hardware also on the horizon, Sony has most likely commissioned its PlayStation Studios teams to work on new VR games that will make use of the device. We know the hardware will feature brand-new haptic feedback enabled controllers. In addition, the headset is rumoured to include a 4K display.
All this speaks volumes about Sony’s commitment to their first-party lineup and how the company is tackling Microsoft’s Game Pass package. PS5 users may have to pay for first-party games, but Sony is not doubt putting all the effort in to make sure the price tag is worth it.