Sony has announced the new PlayStation Plus, codenamed Spartacus, a completely revolutionized subscription service that merges PS Plus and PS Now into one affordable package. Jim Ryan spoke about the service exclusively to GamesIndustry microphones, also revealing why the company decided not to include the great video games of PlayStation Studios at the launch, unlike Microsoft with its Xbox Game Pass.
“We feel like we are in a good, virtuous cycle with the studios,” explains PlayStation CEO Jim Ryan, “where the investment delivers success, which enables yet more investment, which delivers more success yet. We like that cycle, and we think our gamers like that cycle.” For Jim Ryan, the earnings brought in by blockbuster video games like God of War, Horizon Zero Dawn, or Marvel’s Spider-Man are why the studios can continue to receive funding to make more hits. If this cycle is interrupted, there is a risk that funding for first-party studies will be lacking.
“[In terms of] putting our games into this service, or any of our services, upon their release… as you well know, this is not a road that we’ve gone down in the past. And it’s not a road that we’re going to go down with this new service,” added Jim Ryan, “We feel if we were to do that with the games that we make at PlayStation Studios, that virtuous cycle would be broken. The level of investment that we need to make in our studios would not be possible, and we think the knock-on effect on the quality of the games we make would not be something gamers want.”
Despite everything, the new PlayStation Plus arriving in June is better than the current service. It will allow you to play online and hundreds of video games without subscribing to two different subscriptions. Moreover, the exclusive first-party PlayStation will arrive in the service, only not immediately.
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