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Sony restructures to develop even more first-party games

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Mar 2, 2018

Fresh off reflecting on the one-year anniversary of Horizon: Zero Dawn, the game that now holds the PlayStation 4’s all-time sales record for first-party titles, Sony appears to be doubling down on getting even more in-house content onto its gaming platforms.

Just a day after Horizon developer Guerrilla Games revealed the PS4 exclusive had sold a staggering 7.6 million copies in its first year of release, Sony Interactive Entertainment (SIE) followed up with an announcement that it is restructuring in order “to create and develop the most attractive and powerful first-party titles.”

SIE said in a release that it will “change its organizational structure effective April 1, 2018, to further reinforce its business and operational strength to continue to spearhead and remain the leader in the constantly evolving business environment.” 

The change includes a reorganization of SIE’s regional companies, as well as a refocused role for SIE President and Chairman of Worldwide Studios (WWS) Shawn Layden, who “will concentrate his focus on WWS continuing to provide platform-defining content that helps drive the growth of SIE.”

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Sony is coming off a massive year for games that enjoyed success with both critics and players. Horizon was the breakout star, a critically adored action RPG that unspooled one hell of a story about a woman’s slow discovery of her singular purpose in hitting humanity’s post-apocalyptic reset button. 

But Sony already had been accumulating hit after first-party hit with million-selling games like Nioh, The Last of Us Remastered, Bloodborne, and Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End. And beyond Sony’s in-house titles, the PS4 has been riding a wave of successful console exclusives like Yoko Taro’s Nier: Automata, Persona 5, along with killer updates to classics like Final Fantasy XII, Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 + 2.5 ReMix, and Shadow of the Colossus.

Looking ahead, and bearing in mind that game developers and release schedules don’t always see eye to eye, 2018 should see a trickle of Sony-published AAA games that include God of War (April 20), Detroit: Become Human (May 25), and Spider-Man (sometime before Christmas). Farther out, everybody’s waiting with bated breath for PS4 exclusives, both Sony-developed and otherwise, like Hideo Kojima’s Death Stranding, as well as a sequel to The Last of Us, and — possibly most of all —the internet-melting remake of Final Fantasy VII.

Regardless of where they appear, what upcoming games have you ready to shout “shut up and take my money?” Hit us up in the comments and let us know what you're keeping an eye on.

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