Some have worried that the rise in popularity of live service games like Fortnite, Apex Legends, and others could inspire publishers to move away from story-based, narrative games. That’s not going to happen at Sony, according to Sony Interactive Entertainment president Jim Ryan.
He told GameSpot sister site CNET ahead of E3 2019 that Sony is enjoying huge success today with its story-based games like Spider-Man, God of War, and Days Gone. You can expect Sony to continue to make these games on an ongoing basis, Ryan said.
“We’ve never had greater success with our own narrative-driven, story-based games than we’re having right now,” he said. “We feel good about that, and it’s certainly not a genre of gaming we’ll ever walk away from.”
Ryan said live service games are still growing in popularity, and it’s contributing to the “overall gaming ecosystem” getting bigger and bigger.
“If you’re going to do this you have to do it really well,” he said about live service games. “It’s a form of entertainment that has to be built incrementally, you can’t sort of plunge in and build one of these live service games and get it right from day one. It’s got to be evolved and iterated and it’s not easy. It’s really not easy.”
Sony’s next big story game is Naughty Dog’s The Last of Us: Part II, which appears to be nearing the end of its long development period. Sony is not attending E3 2019 this week, so it might be some time before it announces more details, like a release date.
While Sony won’t be at E3 this week, Microsoft, Nintendo, EA, Ubisoft, and others are coming to the show with new game announcements and more on tap. For more on the big show, check out GameSpot’s E3 2019 hub to follow along with all the big news.