While the response to PlayStation’s E3 2017 press conference was considered “lukewarm” by some, there’s no denying that it showcased one of the main strengths of Sony’s console: exclusives.
We’re talking about “true” exclusives here, not Xbox’s console launch exclusives, of which there were admittedly many. But compare that to narrative-driven first-party titles like God of War, Shadow of the Colossus, Days Gone and third-party exclusives like Insomniac’s Spider-Man, and Sony clearly takes the trophy in that category.
One thing that may have tempered the response to PlayStation’s exclusive line-up, however, is that most of those games’ trailers at E3 2017 ended with a big, fat “2018” on the screen. That is not a release date, as far as fans are concerned. It’s barely a release window.
The good news is that we might have a more solid idea of when those games are coming out, thanks to a recent interview in The Telegraph with Sony Interactive Entertainment America president Shawn Layden.
When asked about the plethora of titles at E3 2017 with 2018 release dates, Layden responded that “the stuff coming in 2018, all of that is coming in the first half of the year, so. Is it in the next 12 to 13 months? Most likely. So.”
If he sounds a little defensive in that answer, maybe it’s justified. PlayStation had a pretty killer first half of 2017, seeing exclusive releases like Horizon Zero Dawn, Nioh, and Persona 5, not to mention console exclusivity for Nier: Automata. That’s not even counting the impending releases of Uncharted: The Lost Legacy, Horizon Zero Dawn: The Frozen Lands and Gran Turismo Sport, all of which are coming out in 2017. Open-world apocalyptic action game Days Gone may also be on that list.
If PlayStation keeps Layden’s promise, that means that games like God of War and Spider-Man will be seeing first- or second-quarter 2018 releases, so they’d at least be out before E3 2018, which narrows the release window a little bit.
Speaking of PlayStation exclusives, Layden also assured us that, despite its notable absence from E3 2017, Hideo Kojima’s Death Stranding “actually exists”—and that it exists in a playable version.
Source: The Telegraph