Herman Hulst Discusses The Future of PlayStation Studios

Today on PlayStation Blog Herman Hulst, The head of PlayStation Worldwide Studios discusses the future of PlayStation with Sid Shuman, Senior Content Communications Officer, at Sony Interactive Entertainment. There is also a much longer Podcast on their official Podcast Channel.

He discusses that the focus on single-player games will remain. Hulst restates that: “Single Player, narrative-driven games – that’s our DNA.”

Herman also says he played a bit of Horizon Forbidden West, Returnal, and Ratchet and Clank: A Rift Apart. He also played some ‘My Name is Pedro’ which was suggested by Indie (And Former Head of Worldwide Studios), Shu Yoshida.

There will be over 25 PS Studio projects under development. Half of them will be new IPs, and highlights Bend Studio working on a new project. PS Studio also discusses past work such as Kojima Productions and Death Stranding, The Newly founded Haven Studios, and Firewalk as well.

He states there is no difference working and they’re all ‘PlayStation Studios’. There was also mention of Horizon 2 having a Winter 2021 Time frame for now, and the challenges of years in terms of logistics, performance capture, and voice actors. Speaking of which, there is also the official announcement of God of War to be delayed until next year.

Lastly, he talks about if PS4 is still a focus. It does seem that God of War, Gran Turismo 7, and previously mentioned Horizon Forbidden West will appear on PS4 along with a PS5 version well which Hulst states: “…if PS4 owners want to play that game, then they can…”

After a lot of the bad press, this is a sigh of relief, at the eve of the return of E3 (The Electronic Entertainment Expo) which used to be held in the Los Angeles Expo Center. It will be held digitally.

Frederick Guese is a video creator and editor at PlayStation Haven. A QA industry vet and has worked at Respawn Entertainment, 2K Games, and Activision-Blizzard. Frederick is working on being a narrative designer, writer, editor, and video producer. You can visit his Twitter, Youtube channel, and Instagram. He’s a big fan of Hideo Kojima games and JRPGs.

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