We all know that Sony likes its single player games. Over the course of the last generation, the company produced a number of solo-focused blockbusters — God of War, Uncharted 4: A Thief's End, Horizon Zero Dawn, and Ghost of Tsushima just to name a few. All of these titles reviewed and sold extremely well, to the point where the PlayStation brand is now synonymous with immersive single player games.
But even taking all of that into account, it's hard to ignore the gargantuan success of multiplayer titles like Fortnite and Grand Theft Auto Online. Making a hit on that kind of scale certainly isn't easy, but the reward for doing so is a revenue stream unlike anything else in gaming.
It's something that Sony is well aware of. According to a leaked presentation — as obtained by Vice — the Japanese giant makes a point by stating "everyone knows single player is dying". A worrying sentence, until you realise that Sony is actually disagreeing with it.
After sharing some internal data on how PlayStation users spend their time, the presentation continues: "single player is thriving". Indeed, Sony's research suggests that players are skewing towards offline gaming on a regular basis. It's fairly safe to assume that Sony will be sticking with its commitment to single player games as we begin the PS5 generation.
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