In a recent interview with GamesIndustry International, Shuhei Yoshida discussed his plans for the future of the various Playstation platforms. He discussed how he hopes the PS3 sees a few years of longevity alongside the PS4 and how this can be achieved by garnering a wide array of games for all three platforms. However instead of just dumping resources into quantity, Yoshida is most concerned about quality.
“If you are thinking about the situation that mobile platforms have… people say that it’s very hard to find good content,” states Yoshida. “Or that if you make a game on a mobile platform you’re almost just throwing a dice to see if your game, a great game, can be found by consumers. That’s what people say about discoverability there.”
He goes on to talk about how while Sony may act as a gatekeeper for quality control, he wants to make sure that any games found on the system are a proper fit and showcase the level of quality that consumers have come to expect from modern games.
The whole interview is really worth a read to get an idea of where exactly Yoshida wants to see Sony head in the upcoming years. It sounds like they’re really dedicated to bringing worthwhile experiences to the next-gen market but they certainly know they have a battle ahead with Microsoft as the outsiders in America, despite holding a majority of the European and Japanese markets. It’s like Sony is coming out strong, but they aren’t arrogant about it– they know its gonna take a steady to prove that their console is the one to pick.
In addition, when asked about the whereabouts of Sony walkabout The Last Guardian, Yoshida only had this to say; “[W]e’re waiting for the right time to re-introduce The Last Guardian in an appropriate way. I can’t… Well, the game is in development, and it’s well staffed, and Ueda-san is here, working – even though he’s not a Sony employee, he’s dedicated to the product. But we’re not ready to update yet.” He was very quick to assure that the game is not in hiatus or limbo, just simply undergoing a lot of work.
This is going to be one hell of generation, folks.