Sony does make service-based games; MLB The Show 17 and Gran Turismo Sport are examples of that business model in action. However, the platform holder’s also one of the few publishers doubling down on single player titles right now, and speaking at PSX 2017 overnight, PlayStation boss Shawn Layden has noted the company’s commitment to these kind of experiences moving forwards.
In addition to admitting that story-telling and solo adventures are all things that the organisation does well, he also joked that he doesn’t go to any of Sony’s first-party teams and tell them, “I read in a magazine that there is something called Games as a Service, make me one of those.” This is a backhanded jab at what we’re seeing in titles like Need for Speed: Payback, where the whole microtransaction model has clearly been squeezed in somewhere it really doesn’t belong.
In fact, Sony actually believes that single player games are very much alive and well, with Guerrilla Games’ managing director Hermen Hulst explaining that Horizon: Zero Dawn is by far the Dutch developer's best-selling game, and it’s also its first in a long time not to feature multiplayer. Of course, it helps that it’s a Game of the Year candidate, but he’s clearly got a point.