Shawn Layden, who served in different positions at PlayStation before becoming the company’s CEO and leaving in October 2019, commented on the present state of video games and forecasted a future with budgets of up to $200 million for PS5 games.
Layden told Bloomberg that the cost of producing a video game doubles from generation to generation, and that the budgets for PlayStation 4 titles he has approved have surpassed $100 million, with additional hikes expected for the current generation.
To offset the potential increase in development costs, which may exceed $200 million, firms may choose a risk-aversion approach, such as relying on sequels or pursuing trends.
“What happens is that you wind up with three or four game silos or game kinds that continue to exist, and variety is squashed,” Layden explains when questioned about the reality of publishers pursuing trends.
When asked about his role in causing this sustainability issue on PlayStation, the man in charge of giving the green light to games like Uncharted 4, Horizon Zero Dawn, God of War, Days Gone, and Marvel’s Spider-Man on PS4 responded that he helped to show the world the quality that video games can achieve.
“I think it does a little bit to demonstrate to the public what fantastic gameplay can be,” Layen remarked.
Sony is currently working on games such as Horizon Forbidden West, Gran Turismo 7, Insomniac’s new Spider-Man, and even new intellectual property from Sony Bend.