Sony's Scott Rohde has dismissed claims that Sony played it safe this year, suggesting that far from emulating the likes of Heavy Rain and Uncharted, Beyond: Two Souls and The Last of Us are risky ventures, with Rohde insisting that no other publisher would touch the former.
“Our press conference could have been twice as long because we have that much content that we could show, we just didn’t have time to show it all,” he said, chatting to Gamespot.
“These are all innovations that other companies would be a little scared to embrace, I believe. So innovation is top of the charts at PlayStation.”
To highlight this, Rohde suggested that Sony stood first and foremost at the front of the ranks of publishers willing to take risks in an industry that has become increasingly conservative.
“If you can find another publisher in this industry who would build Beyond, I’d like to meet that publisher. I really think that [Beyond] is as far from ‘safe’ as it gets,” he said.
“Heavy Rain, by itself was not a ‘safe’ title. And to do it again with a totally different story, a larger investment, and to bring Hollywood in, to really enhance that genre that really isn’t touched by many folks in our industry, I think is anything but ‘safe.’
“And when you think about what Naughty Dog is doing, when I hear ‘safe’ I hear Uncharted 4, Uncharted 5, Uncharted 6, Uncharted 7. And for a developer of that caliber, this late in the cycle of the platform, to introduce a totally new IP for a different audience – meaning going from T-rated to M-rated – I think is anything but ‘safe.’ I really feel like we’re taking a lot of risks with both of those titles.”