PlayStation will bring more of its first-party exclusive lineup to PC, reportedly beginning with PS4 exclusive Days Gone in spring 2021.
In an interview with GQ, Sony Interactive Entertainment CEO Jim Ryan said it was a “straightforward decision” to release more first-party PC ports. GQ’s write-up includes the detail that Days Gone will be the first of those PC ports this spring, but Ryan isn’t directly quoted as saying so. We’ve contacted Sony for confirmation on that point.
Update: Sony has now confirmed to IGN that Days Gone will arrive for PC in Spring.
“I think a few things changed,” Ryan replied when asked why the company had changed its tack on releasing exclusives for PC. “We find ourselves now in early 2021 with our development studios and the games that they make in better shape than they’ve ever been before. Particularly from the latter half of the PS4 cycle our studios made some wonderful, great games.
“There’s an opportunity to expose those great games to a wider audience and recognise the economics of game development, which are not always straightforward. The cost of making games goes up with each cycle, as the calibre of the IP has improved. Also, our ease of making it available to non-console owners has grown. So it’s a fairly straightforward decision for us to make.”
This announcement follows in the footsteps of Horizon Zero Dawn, which Sony announced for and released for PC in 2020. Ryan explains that SIE assessed the reaction to that port in making the decision to release more ports, explaining that PC players “liked it and they bought it”, and that there was “no massive adverse reaction” from PlayStation players to the game heading off of consoles. “We will continue to take mission steps in this direction,” Ryan added.
There was, of course, more evidence that Sony wanted to bring more of its first-party lineup to PC, as in Sony’s 2020 corporate report, it mentioned it will “explore expanding our 1st party titles to the PC platform, in order to promote further growth in our profitability.”
For more on the PC version of Horizon, be sure to check out our initial PC port analysis of Horizon Zero Dawn.
Jonathon Dornbush is IGN’s Senior News Editor, host of Podcast Beyond!, and PlayStation lead. Talk to him on Twitter @jmdornbush.