Horizon Zero Dawn joins Nioh and NieR: Automata as preceding PS4 exclusives that have made the jump. And Death Stranding launches on PC this summer, so Sony is no stranger to vents.
But there is one key difference: These three titles are third-party games produced by Sony.
Horizon Zero Dawn is the first-party name from Sony-owned Guerilla Games, and you may be sure Sony will ship more first-party exclusives into PC later on.
They’d be stupid not to.
Competitor Microsoft has gone all-in on PC. Players may find the Will of the Wisps, Gears 5, Ori and the Halo franchise, and more with a simple monthly subscription.
Microsoft is locking people in their ecosystem before the next generation begins. Folks may play both Xbox and PC. Sony needs to get in on this.
Sony Has Quietly Been Building on Its PC Ecosystem
In a meeting on PlayStation Blog, the Head of Worldwide Studios at Sony Interactive Entertainment, Hermen Hulst, said this about Horizon Zero Dawn’s PC launch:
And to perhaps put a few minds at ease, releasing one AAA name to PC doesn’t automatically mean that every game will come to PC. In my head, Horizon Zero Dawn was only a great fit in this instance. They don’t have programs for day and date [PC releases], and we remain 100% dedicated to hardware.
Be aware he leaves the response available for interpretation.
“One hundred percent committed to dedicated hardware” does not mean games can’t go elsewhere, as long as Sony supports the PlayStation 5 (PS5) too.
“I think it’s very important we stay open to new ideas of how to introduce more people to PlayStation, and show folks perhaps what they have been missing out on,” Hulst added.