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Shuhei Yoshida Doesn't Want All PS4 Games to be First-Person Shooters

Posted by Sammy Barker

Sony executive gunning for variety on manufacturer's next system

While fans and parts of the media criticised Sony’s decision to lead with Knack when it announced the PlayStation 4 earlier in the year, Worldwide Studios president Shuhei Yoshida has told EDGE magazine that the emphasis on the somewhat cutesy platformer was entirely intentional – to prove that the next generation system will host more than just action games.

He explained: "[Director Mark Cerny’s] idea was like, ‘What about a Crash Bandicoot for PS4?’ When he suggested the concept of Knack, we were like, ‘Yeah, we hate to see all the PS4 games being first-person shooters or action adventure or very photorealistic’, you know, big-budget blockbuster games."

Yoshida has made a point of bringing experimental experiences to both the PlayStation 3 and Vita over the past few years, with unusual releases such as Tokyo Jungle, Journey, and The Unfinished Swan leading the platform holder’s line-up. The luminary hinted that this approach is likely to continue on the PS4.

“We know that people like [action games],” he concluded. “But these are not the only kinds of games that people can have fun with." Is there anything in particular that you’d like to see the company commission for its next generation platform? Shoot us some ideas on the back of a postcard, or, preferably, in the comments section below.


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InsertNameHere said:

I love first/third shooters and all, but I agree with Shuhei. Sony has been the middle ground in between Xbox's "hardcore" titles and Nintendo's "casual" titles and I feel that it works for them. Xbox owners can try to label the PS4 as "casual", but (as they wouldn't know) it never hurts to have a little bit of variety.

Now that that's done..... Sony needs to put out more JRPG's, platformers and beat 'em ups. JRPG's take priority, seeing as they can be system sellers if done right.



get2sammyb said:

@TheRealBatman I'm not sure anyone could call the PS4 'casual' based on what we've seen. Like you say, Sony will continue to push a broad range of content across the entire spectrum.

Having said that, I think the bigger issue with Knack at the PlayStation Meeting was not the type of game, but the fact that it looked kinda bland. I'm sure it'll be a good game, but the art direction's not doing it for me yet.



InsertNameHere said:

@get2sammyb I've seen it being called "casual" a number of times due to Knack and it's social features. Then again, most of the people calling it that were Xbots, so I shouldn't even take them seriously.

I found it kinda bland as well, but it started to grow on me after the first few days. Hopefully it's as good as it looks.



Ginkgo said:

So far I have no interest in Knack, but certainly I would not want the PS4 to be only about shooters. How boring would that be.



Reverend_Skeeve said:

Knack doesn't work for me either, art direction wise...but I'm all for variety. I get the feeling that Sony will handle variety better than MS, with them approaching lots of indie developers and such.

And I'm sure there's still gonna be a lot of awesome shooter and action games on PS4, so: no worries about the line up.



Gamer83 said:

The PlayStation consoles have always had very strong and diverse libraries, that should be the last of anyone's concern for the PS4.



Solatorobo said:

Knack is the sort of game that the PS4 would need to remain the best console. "Casual" Is an awful word that chavs use to describe games that try to break the mould and produce games with amazing and unique worlds instead of just basing things on real life. I'm not saying that they should all be cartoony, or even that Knack is the best way to do it (it does look kinda Pixar-ish, and nowadays that isn't really a complement.) But I'm saying that a healthy mixture of games such as The Last of Us and games such as Rachet and Clank: A Crack In Time could make the PS4 the definitive console (of course the best thing for the PS4 would be a PS all stars 2 that has more content than Brawl and better battling than Melee, at which point they just destroyed the Wii U's killer app )



Epic said:

I agree I'm even tired of all FPS genre in general.
Kinda got tired of the same Cover, ADS, Shoot, Reload, Move Foward.
There are some exceptions of few FPS that doens't follow this and are unique like Far Cry 3, Borderlands and Halo( I hate to admit it but the game is really good).



hamispink said:

@TheRealBatman I'd say that most shooters are casual games. They are the games that people who only play a couple games a year buy and play with friends. To me, hardcore games are the likes of tactics rpgs, hyper competitive PC games, and games that focus on a mature narrative.

Granted, these are just broad generalizations.



hamispink said:

On topic, Its great that there will be a diversity of titles and genres present with the PS4. Though did anyone expect otherwise? I think Sony has been known for releasing a wide range of games with all of their consoles.



shingi_70 said:

Hmm Sony is going to have to show me they mean this. Despite having a diverse lineup for the PS3 they ironic have far more shooter franchises than either Nintendo or Microsoft



naruball said:

Knack is the game I'm most interested in from the ones revealed for ps4 so far. The visuals didn't impress me either, but hopefully they'll improve. Either way, I'll buy it when I get a ps4.



rjejr said:

My thought on Knack is they want it to look like The Incredibles or Monsters vs. Aliens and they want the entire game to look the same - no discrepancy between cut scenes and gameplay so it feels like you are playing a movie. If it has too look a little bland to achieve that seamlessness I'm ok with it.

But yes, the world needs more plat-forming games, less FPS. And there has also been a lack of Japanese sword fighting games since Onimusha 4 and Genji 2. Despite all the giant crab jokes Genji on the PS2 was a really solid game. I need some PS4 rendered cherry blossoms in full bloom.



Captain_Toad said:

This news is pretty refreshing after what is happening currently with the 360 and the PS3. While I may not get a PS4 (or will i?), It's nice to know that First-person shooters won't be clogging up the future of the Ps4. I wish Sony the best of luck.



Stuffgamer1 said:

I really appreciate what they were going for showing Knack first. Sadly, the video stream wasn't really running very well for me at that point so I have little recollection of what they showed of the game. I'm not excited for it, but I don't think I would be anyway because it was unclear what the gameplay was.

What DID disappoint me about the stream was the lack of ANOTHER bright, fantasy game later on. They only had one to show, and they pushed it right out at the made me want more, and that more never came.



Scrible said:

As long as ps4 has variety, unlike the current xbox, which should be no problem for Sony, we will be fine



bauckster said:

Variety is indeed very important to me, which is why I hope that Sony doesn't totally go the route of putting all their eggs in one basket a la Halo. I get that approach from a business standpoint, but I really do love the mix of indy/platforming, etc games that come out exclusively for Sony. I think that they can have their cake and eat it too. Why not? For me, a variety of high-quality software and indie-friendliness will definitely incline to eventually buy a PS4. (though it will probably be a while)



Lionhart said:

This is refreshing. It's a breath of fresh air because sincerely the video game market is over saturated with first person shooters. If you want to talk casual first person shooters then Gotham City Impostors and Borderlands 1 and 2 are the best options and I like and enjoy those games but we really do need a breath of fresh air. I would love to see more Japanese RPG's and platformerson both the PS4 and PS Vita in this new generation of gaming.



Sirriana said:

I cant be the only one who would see this being more of a Wii U game obviously that isn't the case but it gives off that essence well this would be more realistic if Wii U wasn't a flop but that's neither here or there but this game does look like it has potential but i agree maybe it shouldn't have been the opening bit for the PS4 line up.



Zetrayrus said:

More variety is good~ I definitely support this idea to the utmost.

Although I still prefer RPGs. We need more of those.



AlexSora89 said:

Gee, it took Sony long enough to realize too many IPs of theirs put way too much emphasis on the edgy side of the console. But I think a quick look at the Playstation All-Stars Battle Royale roster is more than enough.

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