Sony: We don't just want shooters on PS4

Worldwide Studios boss says big-budget blockbusters "not the only kinds of games that people can have fun with."

When Sony announced the PlayStation 4 in February, the first title shown off for the next-generation platform was not a big-budget blockbuster, but rather Sony Japan's Knack. Worldwide Studios president Shuhei Yoshida explained to Edge that this was intentional and meant to demonstrate that the PS4 will offer more than just action and shooter games.

"It was pretty intentional," Yoshida said. "We were like yeah we hate to see all the PS4 games being FPS or action-adventure or very photorealistic, you know big-budget blockbuster games. And you know people like these games, but these are not the only kinds of games that people can have fun with."

Big-budget games like Killzone: Shadow Fall and DriveClub were shown later during the meeting, but Yoshida contends that the PS4 is capable of more than just beefed-up graphics.

"Yeah, so almost the biggest message that we wanted to send in preparing for the event as well as in designing PS4 was…we at Sony and we at Sony Computer Entertainment, it's just natural for us to enhance the core technology and performance of the hardware, but it’s not the hardware that is the biggest focus," he said.

The PS4 is officially due out this holiday season, though region-specific availability is unknown. According to a past report, the system will launch in November beginning at $430.

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Eddie Makuch is a news editor at GameSpot, and would like to see the Whalers return to Hartford.

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534 comments
megakick
megakick

SONY, "We don't want shooters we want updates that brick your console because updates HARD!!!"

Sevenizz
Sevenizz

Um, last I checked - the 360 doesn't have 'just shooters' either.

What a dumb and ignorant thing to say.

DirkXXVI
DirkXXVI

This is promising.  Personally I long for the PS1 days where there was not only balance among the major genres but companies were more willing to experiment and take risks with different types of games.   To be fair the PS1 generation was the first gen really capable of producing "3D" games so in effect pretty much everything was new but regardless that variety was part of what produced a golden age in gaming. 

 And even though I'd say that gaming has gotten better it still feels like developers are devoting way to many resources towards FPS games these days which I see as wasted potential.  

Dannystaples14
Dannystaples14

Oh god that means the PSMove is going to be gracing us with its stupid face again some time soon!

bmart970
bmart970

I have never heard of a console that only had shooters.

Shango4
Shango4

M$ just hand over your exclusives to pc and Sony now.

SavoyPrime
SavoyPrime

Nothing wrong with variety. Me likes that.

mr_azim
mr_azim

It doesn't matter what you want.  It matters what I, the consumer that spends money on your products, want.  If I want more shooters, you should give them to me.  If you don't, then I won't be buying games that I don't want.

JadeEmperor90
JadeEmperor90

I personally want the revival of the PS2 era of gamming. I personally like Final Fantasy 13 but I do want a Final Fantasy with more depth of story. How about a New Wild Arms,Legend of Dragoons, Breath of Fire.Shadowhearts.

NaturalDisplay
NaturalDisplay

Good to see Sony is still pro-gamer unlike Microsoft. Hopefully Sony can take back that number one seat they had during the PS2 days. 

midnightclubx
midnightclubx

I am seriously loving how Yoshida is handling this whole situation;  It just seems like Sony is getting all the good news regarding their new hardware in (extreme) contrast to Microsoft's; those guys have a looot of explaining to do if they want to convince anyone that they should buy the next Xbox. : I

kbaily
kbaily

I do kinda hope the gaming community will get burnt out on FPSes soon and move on to something else though the PS3 unlike the 360 actually does seem to have more than FPSes going for it with their exclusives like Ratchet and Clank, Sly Cooper, Little Big Planet and so on where the 2 big Xbox exclusives Halo and Gears are both shooters about space marines fighting aliens.

xeoneex66
xeoneex66

Hmmm, This ALMOST makes me want to buy a PS4 just to see what they will have as games.  But I doubt it will pique my interest enough to want to pay for one.  Consoles are so bleh now I don't even think I want to waste money on a risk.

jark888
jark888

$430 << cute price, tax included right?

trivolution
trivolution

I don't mind what genre it is but as long as the game is built for entertainment of the masses, not money for the company.

commanderxp90
commanderxp90

I don't mind to play more RPG games than shooting games, but one thing I want the Sony to give me the Fallout 4 game on PS4. :)

alwin8695
alwin8695

very nice! I do prefer any genres than shooter, especially rpg.

rulo90
rulo90

I can already feel the excitement running threw my veins . thank you Sony for understanding we the gamers your consumers. I only would like you all from the Sony Entertainment business to learn from MS mistake... and keep away from all that bs. 

hippiesanta
hippiesanta

don't forget Adult Title ... we are consumers too

Kenji_Masamune
Kenji_Masamune

people who want shooters will either have their own PC, or the poormans PC the xbox.  More games like the following:  Dark Souls, God of War, Metal Gear Solid, Grand Theft Auto, Disgaea, Need for Speed, Grand Turismo, Heavy Rain, Uncharted...

gamerboy100
gamerboy100

"Sony: We don't want just shooters on PS4"

There, it doesn't sound quite as stupid when "want" and "just" are switched, huh? (Seriously, who's in charge of editing on this site?)

psx_warrior
psx_warrior

I would be willing to pay $120.00 for a good, long, in depth rpg with a great 40 + hour story, great characters, slamin graphics, and all the tlc they can put into the game. I know it's a lot of money, but for what u get, it would be worth it. Oh, and 0 dlc. All on the game disk.

vader501st
vader501st

The more kinds of genres you have on your console, the better. Just make sure to put quality over quantity above anything else, including variety, just to make sure the next gen consoles don't suffer the same fate as the Wii.

Shinteikun
Shinteikun

As do I... but I rarely have enough time to replay games. last summer I've played ff7 and 8 in a row... last summer was awesome!

Shinteikun
Shinteikun

Slade Dude... I've got a monster PC, otherwise I'd go nuts... But name 10 JRPGs on PC in last 5 years! (Anime looking and everything)

cj10239
cj10239

and they don't hold you at gunpoint to connect to the internet, good show Sony, good show

anonymousicko
anonymousicko

I like the way he thinks. Got tired of oversaturated fps games nowadays. Should have just stayed as niche genre on console. we have pc for it

GOGOHeadray
GOGOHeadray

Now thats the sony I remember; hopefully they will bring back some of the defunct franchises ( medievil, wild arms, etc).

Toysoldier34
Toysoldier34

With my PC and PS3 combo I am set for quite a long time. I will pick up a PS4 after a price drop or an extremely good PS4 only game is released.

pwc2
pwc2

I'm still dreaming for a first person white water rafting/kayaking game with up to class 6 rapids. I know the water physics is pretty much there. 

That's how I play video games, stuff I would never dare do in real life.

Icepick_Trotter
Icepick_Trotter

No, what they really want is the magnificent, heart-touching indie works of art, that speak to a person's soul.

... then snatch the companies that are making them to have them be Playstation exclusive.


That's right, kids. Videogames are a universal Art form... As long as you have a PS3/PS4!!

chiller_da
chiller_da

Give me fallout 4, and i will be a very happy man!

Dat-tsu
Dat-tsu

@mr_azim Oh don't even. You have no shortage of shooters. I have to resort to crowd-sourcing to get the games I want. No complaining from you. 

gouki26
gouki26

@mr_azim but thats the point their making. they want more then just shooters for the variety of people out there. so u get more choises then just shooters and making everyone happy. imagin a console with just shooters or just sport games. all can agree, there is way to much similar shooters out there. almost like copy and paste.

McGregor
McGregor

@JadeEmperor90 I'd like to see them do something completely original with Final Fantasy, like take it back to its roots as a turn based strategy game, and have the depth the story had in the US Final Fantasy III release. That was an era of gaming that I would like to see. In fact, an isometric 3d FF game would be awesome!

gouki26
gouki26

@JadeEmperor90 yes finally someone said it. what happened to those great games. i'd really love to see a return of legend of dragoon, wild arms, breath of fire, grandia, remake of xenogears, since it didnt make its way to europe and plenty of other great rpgs out there. 

gouki26
gouki26

@NaturalDisplay the thing is, its also up to the company's that make exclusives for sony, and give us something unique and great like in the ps and ps2 days. i hope these company's step up and return to their roots, with quality character development and creations, with great back story's.

McGregor
McGregor

@NaturalDisplay If the rumored "features" of the Microsoft console are true, then I don't see this as being a hard task for Sony at all. In fact, if Microsoft implements the "features" I'll have the cost of an xbox 720 console to spend on games for a PS4.

Gomtor
Gomtor

@alwin8695 I like shooters, but RPGs are my favourites as well.  I prefer playing RPGs on PCs though. Mindless shooters works well (for me) on consoles.

helldragonzer
helldragonzer

@Kenji_Masamune I'm with you, except for Need For Speed, after Most Wanted all the games felt more like a DLC than a real game, though Most Wanted 2012 is fun, it doesn't live up to it's predecessor.  Oh and BTW i'm poor, but I ain't stupid enough tu buy an Xbox, id rather play minesweeper on a windows 98 pc.

helldragonzer
helldragonzer

@psx_warrior oddly enough, that right about the price a good condition Mario RPG for SNES is going at on eBay, and it is well worth it.

JadeEmperor90
JadeEmperor90

@McGregor @JadeEmperor90  that is true. I personally want a remake of chrono cross. Final fantasy when it was from 1-10had depth and story.  My favorite is 8 and 9 because with 8 it was truly orginal for me it felt like a breath of fresh air. 9 because it had its own unqiue plus it in away it gave a homage to the older final fantasy

JadeEmperor90
JadeEmperor90

@gouki26 @JadeEmperor90  their is so much rpgs that i could list, but its like the games I grew up with makes me feel old becuse I still love them. Legend of Dragoons and Breath of Fire 4 was the main inspiration for me to want to make videogames