Horizon Zero Dawn out on PC this summer confirms Sony
The rumours were true: Sony is starting to release its PlayStation exclusive titles on PC. Although they insist the consoles come first.
In what’s already a highly controversial move, Sony has confirmed rumours that 2017 PlayStation 4 exclusive Horizon Zero Dawn will be released on PC this year. The Steam page is already up, although all the screenshots are from the PlayStation 4.
The move had initially been rumoured back in January but while the leaks appeared to be legit it seemed a very peculiar move for Sony, who generally have very little to do with the PC – as opposed to Microsoft, who obviously have a vested interest given they make the Windows operating system.
It sounds like it was all probably the idea of new PlayStation Worldwide Studios boss Hermen Hulst, who was previously the MD of Horizon Zero Dawn developer Guerrilla Games, and announced the PC version via the PlayStation Blog.
‘I think it’s important that we stay open to new ideas of how to introduce more people to PlayStation, and show people maybe what they’ve been missing out on’, said Hulst.
‘And to maybe put a few minds at ease, releasing one first-party AAA title to PC doesn’t necessarily mean that every game now will come to PC. In my mind, Horizon Zero Dawn was just a great fit in this particular instance. We don’t have plans for day and date [PC releases], and we remain 100% committed to dedicated hardware.’
Hulst doesn’t explain why Horizon Zero Dawn was a ‘great fit’ and there’s nothing about the game that seems to suit the PC more than any other PlayStation exclusive. Especially as the very next game he talks about in the interview is creation tool Dreams.
It’s already been rumoured that The Last Of Us Part 2 will also be released on PC, after job ads were spotted implying as much, and while Hulst currently says it’s not the case, it seems more than possible that PC versions of PlayStation exclusives could become routine in the next generation.
The obvious question though is why, since the idea of needing to ‘introduce more people to PlayStation’ seems rather vague and unnecessary. Especially since many could well decide there’s no need to buy a PlayStation console if all the games are already on PC.
Microsoft doesn’t care about that because they’re increasingly pushing Game Pass and Project xCloud streaming, so Sony taking the same approach may suggest that’s where they see the future too.
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