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Forums - Gaming Discussion - Jason Schreier: Sony's Obsession with Blockbusters is Stirring Unrest Within PS Empire

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2021-04-09/sony-s-obsession-with-blockbusters-is-stirring-unrest-within-playstation-empire

I don't know how to link or insert a quote here, but essentially the article goes into detail about how Sony is sacrificing smaller teams and projects to feed their bigger teams. Focusing less and less on smaller, more niche projects and putting all their eggs behind blockbusters. One such project was a Last of Us remake by a small team at Sony. Apparently that team was essentially let go and now Naughty Dog is working on a Last of Us remake, even though there is a PS4 version in the PS5 PS+ collection. Bizarre.

They also apparently killed a Day's Gone sequel and had Bend working with Naughty Dog until Bend got worried that they were about to be absorbed into ND and asked to be placed on their own project. They were apparently working on the LoU2 MP standalone and LoU2 itself. Right around this time is when some of the big people at Bend left the studio, supposedly unhappy with the role Sony was putting them in.

How much stock do you guys put into these Schreier hit pieces? I don't know the general consensus on his credibility. But this is something I have been saying about Sony for awhile now.... they took so many risks with PS3, it had loads of new IP's and great software. They took these risks because they were losing and needed to fight back. They got complacent with PS4 and we saw less of everything. Less new IP's, less first party games, less risks. Now it seems they're "cutting the fat" even more this generation. What do you guys think?

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Before the locking of the dupe thread i just wanted to laugh at this :

"
They got complacent with PS4 and we saw less of everything. Less new IP's, less first party games, less risks. Now it seems they're "cutting the fat" even more this generation. What do you guys think"




 

Weird, I always saw Jason as a bit of a Sony fanboy, strange to see him releasing a Sony hit piece. Interesting read though, some highlights:

-There was a new small studio working on a TLOU 1 remake for PS5, which was planned to be bundled with a TLOU 2 PS5 port, but Sony seemed hesitant to give the studio a proper budget or even a proper name. Then Sony forced the devs to assist on TLOU 2 crunch after it got delayed to 2020, and afterwards brought in Naughty Dog devs to assist them with the remake, who ended up taking over the project instead, so the studio had gone from being independent to being an assist studio on their own project, causing many of the devs to quit in protest.

-Sony Japan Studio was told that Sony no longer wanted to focus on small projects that mainly had appeal in Japan, which is why the majority of the studio was shut down and so many Sony Japan devs left.

-Sony didn't put a big enough marketing budget behind smaller project "Dreams", which is largely what lead to the game flopping (failed to make NPD top 20 on it's release month for instance). Jason says that the game might have been able to become the next Roblox with a proper marketing campaign behind it.

-Sony Bend wanted to do a Days Gone sequel, but even though the game turned a profit, Sony didn't see a sequel as viable since it didn't review very well, so Sony Bend was forced to split in 2, one team assisting with the long rumored new Uncharted, the other with TLOU 2 multiplayer. This lead to many Sony Bend devs fearing that they would be absorbed into Naughty Dog, causing several Sony Bend devs to quit, and finally Sony allowed them to exit the new Uncharted and start work on a new IP last month.

Last edited by shikamaru317 - on 09 April 2021

They did close down their small, more niche game focused studio in Japan (or something) recently.



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ClassicGamingWizzz said:

Before the locking of the dupe thread i just wanted to laugh at this :

"
They got complacent with PS4 and we saw less of everything. Less new IP's, less first party games, less risks. Now it seems they're "cutting the fat" even more this generation. What do you guys think"


Hmm, maybe they can co-exist, this is more focusing on playstation and its management direction, the other TLOU Remake



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There was going to be a Days Gone 2? That sucks. The first game was great.



Got a link to the other thread so I can see what the opinion 'round here is?



The Democratic Nintendo fan....is that a paradox? I'm fond of one of the more conservative companies in the industry, but I vote Liberally and view myself that way 90% of the time?

ClassicGamingWizzz said:

Before the locking of the dupe thread i just wanted to laugh at this :

"
They got complacent with PS4 and we saw less of everything. Less new IP's, less first party games, less risks. Now it seems they're "cutting the fat" even more this generation. What do you guys think"


Numbers don’t lie, friend 



Well, it is obvious that Sony has become more and more focused on the mega-blockbusters, and has largely stopped giving a shit about anything else. It seems to be working for the PS brand overall. Whether it works for a given gamer or a given Sony employee is another story.  People like different stuff.

From my perspective, as a guy that likes AAA mega-blockbusters, is that this has been good. They've been hitting a lot of homeruns. I suppose the concern is what happens when they hit a dry spell and release a few bombs in a row. That certainly will happen sometime, though its impossible to know when. It may do a lot of damage to the brand and company when that day inevitably comes. If they had their eggs in more baskets, there'd be less risk of that occurring and less risk of disaster if it does.



What do you mean a Last of Us remake? It was remade for the PS4 already! And the PS5 can play it just as well! Why bother with that one so soon? There must be other PS classics in more need of remaster...

But on topic, Sony needs to have more variety within their teams. Trimming so much their studios in order to just have blockbusters is going to cost them more experimental titles that might become the exact thing Sony wants. Also, going back to more japanese-centric focus wouldn't hurt them either.



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