Head of PlayStation Studios, Hermen Hulst told Wired that Sony is working on over 25 PlayStation 5 games and nearly half of them are new franchises. While many have been complaining about the lack of exclusives since it was launched in November, the PS5 remains hard to get selling 7.8 million units as of March 31, 2021.
“There’s an incredible amount of variety originating from different regions,” Hulst told Wired. “Big, small, different genres.” This corresponds with what PlayStation boss Jim Ryan said in April when he promised the PS5 will have more exclusives more than any console. “We have been quietly but steadily investing in high-quality games for PlayStation, and we will make sure that the PS5 generation will have more dedicated software than ever before,” Ryan said.
Sony has already released Returnal, a PS5 exclusive built from scratch from Housemarque while Insomniac Games Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart is another PS5 game that will be launched June 11, 2021. Sony has managed to secure third-party exclusive like Deathloop and Horizon Forbidden West is another first-party title that will take advantage of the PS5’s hardware though it will be available on the PS4. Speaking on the work done to take advantage of the DualSense’s haptics capabilities on Horizon Forbidden West, Studio Director Angie Smets told Wired “If you want to take a stealth approach to a combat situation and you dive into long grass, you can feel those long grass leaves.”
Earlier in April, Bloomberg reported Naughty Dog is working on a PS5 remake for the critically acclaimed game The Last of Us and that Sony rejected a pitch from Bend Studio for a Days Gone 2.
While Gran Turismo 7 another PS5 exclusive has been delayed till 2022 due to “COVID-related production challenges”, Sony is still on course to release God of War: Ragnarok later this year.