Shawn Layden Wants More First-Party Multiplayer Games On PlayStation

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The PlayStation 4 life cycle has been set for hard-hitting single-player experiences! Sadly for some, many of these marvelous games didn’t have any sort of multiplayer element to keep them playing the game after the story is complete. Like it or not multiplayer has become one of the key cornerstones of new gaming and it shows there are hardly any AAA games left that don’t involve an online component.

It seems that the higher-ups at Sony are also requiring to once again pay notice to the Online world as they did back in the PS2/3 era. in a recent interview with Business Insider, Sony chairman of SIE Worldwide Studios, Shawn Layden was asked about what he felt were the weak points of PlayStation this generation.

“What we don’t do so much in is multiplayer.

Couch co-op — I mean that’s a whole category I think the industry needs to look back at. We have that with sports titles, and some racing titles, but not with much else. And I think that speaks to the power of the internet on the one hand, but otherwise we might wanna revisit that to get more family engagement in the gaming experience.

But, no, I was referencing more with the things like “GTA 5 Online,” or you look at “Call of Duty,” or “Fortnite,” or any of those experiences. Worldwide Studios, like I say, we’ve been going really heavy into story-driven gaming. The power of the narrative. Big, spectacular experiences. But not a whole lot in the multiplayer side of things, I think. That’s an area where you will likely see us start to make more noise in the new term.”

Layden’s response is actually quite honest and true. I personally don’t think of the PS4 as the first place to play online with that being reserved for PC or Xbox Live as they have been massively marketed as the places for that kind of situation. But with the runaway success of Fortnite and now Apex Legends it only makes sense that Sony would be looking into how to draw in the ever-growing multiplayer fanbase.

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