PS4-Exclusive Days Gone Coming To PC This Autumn

PS4-Exclusive Days Gone Coming To PC This Autumn
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Open world zombie slaughter sim Days Gone will be the latest first-party Sony game to get ported to PC, British GQ reports in a new interview with Sony Interactive Entertainment boss Jim Ryan. The news was later confirmed on Twitter by Days Gone maker Sony Bend Studio.

“What about PlayStation games on PC? A whole slate of them is on the way starting with Days Gone this [autumn],” the magazine writes. Sony began bringing its coveted PS4-exclusives to PC last July with Death Stranding, followed in August by Horizon Zero Dawn. The company announced in an investor call around the same time that it would continue to “explore” bringing first-party games to the platform, and Bend Studio’s 2019 third-person action game will be next.

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While Ryan didn’t explicitly mention Days Gone in the magazine’s transcribed interview, he did speak more generally about the company’s change of heart when it comes to making its exclusives available elsewhere:

I think a few things changed. We find ourselves now in early 2021 with our development studios and the games that they make in better shape than they’ve ever been before. Particularly from the latter half of the PS4 cycle our studios made some wonderful, great games. There’s an opportunity to expose those great games to a wider audience and recognise the economics of game development, which are not always straightforward. The cost of making games goes up with each cycle, as the calibre of the IP has improved. Also, our ease of making it available to non-console owners has grown. So it’s a fairly straightforward decision for us to make.

We assessed the exercise in two ways. Firstly, in terms of the straightforward success of the activity of publishing the game on PC, people liked it and they bought it. We also looked at it through the lens of what the PlayStation community thought about it. There was no massive adverse reaction to it. So we will continue to take mission steps in this direction.

PlayStation rival Microsoft has also been bringing its first-party lineup to PC marketplaces like Steam, announcing earlier this month that Forza Horizon 4 would be joining Sea of Thieves and Gears 5 there in March. The trend seems to be part of a growing realisation that consoles don’t directly compete with the PC gaming audience, and the only way to reach many of those players is by meeting them where they already are. Microsoft revealed last summer that Sea of Thieves sold an additional 1 million copies in the first couple of months after it came to Steam.

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  • Awesome.

    It’s one of the few Sony exclusives that I really only played once I got my PS5, it has been incredibly enjoyable and I’d say is one of the best titles in the PS+ Collection.

    Considering I’d heard mixed things about the game before playing it, I was pleasantly surprised.

  • Yay!

    Definitely gonna be grabbing this day 1 once its out on PC. Absolutely loved playing it on my Pro when it came out, so getting to enjoy it all over again with native 4k and (hopefully) 60fps is something I’m very much looking forward to.

    • Dunno why they’d do that? Had a decent length of exclusivity, is a last-gen game, and this is basically advertising for the quality of games from Sony first party studios. If they had PS5 exclusives getting cross released, that’d be worth a raised eyebrow.

      I’m really hoping that Until Dawn gets released on PC as well, along with Rush of Blood.

      • As the article said. Consoles don’t really compete with PCs. Even if PS5 exclusives released on PC day 1 like Xbox, it doesn’t matter. Because if you’re only considering consoles – they’re still exclusive just like Halo, Forza, Gears etc.
        The more people games are available to, the better.

      • You obviously missed the huge whinge when Horizon ZD was announced for PC… i’m fine with it. But plenty of folks were furious because their precious exclusive was made available for more people to enjoy.

    • Nah, the response to the games making their way to PC eventually has been mostly positive.
      Folks are glad Sony is focused on making and supporting such great single players games, opening them up to a larger audience down the line benefits that.

      • Well I kind of waiting for them to release God of War or Spiderman.

        Imagine playing through PC Spiderman game and the end credits roll saying “Spiderman 2 coming soon to PS5″… that is what will sell consoles if they time the PC release close to the console sequel.

        Then again with the silicon shortage and the scalpers, I think consoles will be sold out for another year at this rate.

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