I tend to assume that most decisions companies make are based on profits rather than respect or integrity.
That's also fair. But at the same time...do you think something like Uncharted 5 wouldn't sell 10 million copies? do you think a Bloodborne 2 wouldn't be profitable? For how relatively cheap the game would be to develop, wouldn't something like Jak 4 make a huge profit?
I dunno, I do agree MOST decisions companies make are based on profits rather than respect or integrity (Look at pretty much everything EA, Ubisoft, and Activision does), but I think Sony and Nintendo do have some respect for their IP. That's why Nintendo doesn't do a new Mario or Yoshi game every single year. That's why they only make 3D Mario games when they have new ideas. That's why they only make one MarioKart per generation. (I hope, anyway). This is how we get things like Horizon and Ghost of Tsushima, developers wanting to move on from stuff like Killzone and inFamous. By being willing to move on, the PS brand is STRONGER with more variety in their games. I think Killzone is an alright game and I do love inFamous...but I think most people will agree that Horizon and Ghost of Tsushima are better games. And, by letting old franchises rest, it builds up demand for if/when they do return to it. I mean, I'd love to see an inFamous game on PS5, wouldn't you? Look how excited everyone is for Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart after Insomniac did Spider-Man. Had they just serialized the game with yearly installments, even I'd be bored of that franchise now and it's one of my faves.
I'm rambling. Blah. Sorry. I swear I had a point when I started.