Sony has dropped a major hint about the future of the PlayStation brand and specifically, the PS5.
With the PS5 release date creeping ever closer, Sony has started to discuss some of the changes that will be made to the PlayStation brand.
Taking a cue from smash-hit games like Fortnite, GTA Online and Call of Duty, Sony wants to release its own multiplayer classic.
That’s according to Sony executive Shawn Layden, who told Business Insider that the company needs to improve when it comes to multiplayer.
“What we don’t do so much in is multiplayer,” he said.
“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.”
Layden said that while Sony was good at delivering narrative-driven adventures, exclusive multiplayer experiences had been sorely lacking on the PS4.
“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,” he continued.
“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.”
Based on Layden’s comments, maybe we’ll see The Last of Us battle royale for PlayStation 5.
The PS5 will reportedly have a 2020 release date, but will be revealed later this year.
A 2020 release date would give Sony a chance to release its final set of PS4 exclusives, the majority of which fall into that narrative-driven category Layden mentioned.
This includes The Last of Us 2, Days Gone, Media Molecule’s Dreams and Ghost of Tsushima.
Next up is Days Gone, which has an April 26 release date on PS4.