In just around a month’s time, Sony will release its much-anticipated new PlayStation Plus service around the globe. Any day now, the company plans on showcasing the entire lineup of games headed to PlayStation Plus’ 700+ game library. While we are all excited to see what games will be on offer, Sony has once again stated that gamers will not get first-party AAA game releases on the service at launch.
So while Microsoft offers the few first-party games the company makes as day-one launch titles on Xbox Game Pass, Sony is not following this approach. In fact, the company is keeping new releases like God of War: Ragnarok off the roster. Once again, the company says that sticking to this model is beneficial in keeping the game quality for its first-party titles on top of those released on Xbox Game Pass. Sony says that should they adopt an Xbox Game Pass model, this will affect the quality of future releases.
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Speaking to VGC regarding the matter, Sony CFO Hikori Totoki says that the corporation’s belief is that the quality of first-party games would decline if they were to be released on PlayStation Plus on day one. Totoki says that Sony would be forced to shrink its investment in these new game releases in order to fit them into a budget that shows a return on investment for the company.
“AAA titles on PlayStation 5, if we distribute them on the subscription service we may need to shrink the investment needed for that. That will deteriorate the first-party title quality and that is our concern.
So we want to make sure we spend the appropriate development costs to have solid products and titles to be introduced in the right manner.”
This is not the first time we have heard the same statement from Sony. Soon after the PlayStation Plus service was announced, CEO Jim Ryan also confirmed the lack of AAA first-party releases on the service. He said it was considered but it is not a road the company is going down with this new service.
The all-new PlayStation Plus service launches on 22 June in South Africa and starts at R119 per month. You can catch up on the full pricing for the service here as well as more details regarding the global rollout here.