Hermen Hulst answered questions on the PlayStation podcast and these have been posted alongside his answers on the Sony blog. There are several news and headlines in his statements but the ones that perhaps attract the most attention is that God of War: Ragnarok has expanded its launch window until 2022, something that was seen to come.
Therefore the game has suffered a delay of one year, at the time it was announced for 2021 but not a trailer has been seen, so it seems that it is still quite far away. Another important news is that both the fifth installment of Kratos and Gran Turismo 7 will be intergenerational games, so PS4 users will also be able to play them.
Not forgetting PS4
This has generated a lot of criticism among Sony fans who consider that the fact that they are intergenerational will make their quality not as expected, the delivery of PS5 will certainly be limited by PS4 but we will have to wait to analyze how much we win or lose with the intergenerational launch. Regarding this issue, Hulst stated the following:
“You can’t build a community of over 110 million PS4 owners and then just walk away from it, right? I think it would be bad news for PS4 fans and frankly not a good deal.
Where it makes sense to develop a title for both PS4 and PS5, for Horizon Forbidden West, the upcoming God of War, GT7, we’ll continue to look at that. And if PS4 owners want to play that game, they can. If they want to go ahead and play the PS5 version, that game will be there for them. “
The executive also spoke about the launches on PC and assured that they will continue to bet on that market but never more than on consoles. In this regard, he mentioned that Horizon and Days Gone were released on Steam years apart from their initial release, so it seems that this is the way to go for releases on PC.
Finally, he revealed that Bend Studio is already working on another open world AAA franchise and that Guerrilla will try to get Horizon Forbidden West to arrive at Christmas, but the commitment is to quality and not to a specific date. They can read the interview complete here.