Sony has insisted its PlayStation 3 line-up showcased at E3 is “far from safe,” claiming that it’s “taking a lot of risks” with new IPs. Software product development head Scott Rohde believes that other game publishers would be scared to put out games like Wonderbook and Sound Shapes.
“If you can find another publisher in this industry who would build Beyond Two Souls, I’d like to meet that publisher. I really think that [Beyond] is as far from safe as it gets,” he said. “Heavy Rain, by itself was not a safe title. And to do it again with a totally different story, a larger investment, and to bring Hollywood in, to really enhance that genre that really isn’t touched by many folks in our industry, I think is anything but safe.”
Beyond isn’t a massive risk, as both of David Cage’s previous games were huge success stories. The excitement was evident as soon as Beyond was revealed and Sony knew this would be the case. Sure, there’s always some risk when spending large amounts of money on a game, but it was a calculated one. However, it’s good to see Sony publishing these games, innovation is key this late into a console’s life-cycle and at the moment I would have to give Sony the edge over Microsoft in that department.
Discussing The Last of Us, Rohde stated that it would be a far safer bet for Naughty Dog to just churn out Uncharted sequels, “For a developer of that caliber, this late in the cycle of the platform, to introduce a totally new IP for a different audience–meaning going from T-rated to M-rated–I think is anything but “safe.” I really feel like we’re taking a lot of risks with both of those titles.”
Rhode ended the interview by saying, “These are all innovations that other companies would be a little scared to embrace, I believe. So innovation is top of the charts at PlayStation.”
What do you think of Sony’s line-up?