In the last few years Microsoft has taken the bold strategy to launch all their first-party games on the Xbox Game Pass subscription service on release, with a lot of their efforts going into bolstering Game Pass' catalog as a whole, but in an interview with GamesIndustry.biz, PlayStation's CEO Jim Ryan says that's not likely to happen with Sony and PlayStation Now.
"It's an area that is fast-changing and fluid," he says. "The nature and scale of some of the first-party games that we are making leads us to think that, right now, it's better to spend energy on making sure that the launch of those games is a massive entertainment event. I would cite God of War and Spider-Man, and The Last of Us 2 next year will fall into that category."
"That's where we stand right now. But our stance on the inclusion of first-party games in PlayStation Now in terms of what we've done this month is very different to our stance 12 months ago. I don't want to say this is what PlayStation Now is going to be like forever. But certainly right now, given how some of our first-party IP is incredibly special and valuable, we just want to treat them with amazing care and respect, and have those launches be clean and pure."
With Spider-Man and God of War being big successes for Sony, it's not surprising that they want to keep their model, especially with The Last of Us: Part II due out next year, but as Ryan himself said, the stance on PS Now may well change in the future.
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