There are more than 25 new PlayStation exclusive games in development

By Kes Eylers-Stephenson,
In a recent WIRED article, the head of PlayStation Studios and Guerrilla Games veteran Hermen Hulst talked about the future of first-party games. The article claims that there are "more than 25 titles in development for the PS5." Exciting news from the often secretive company!
Horizon Forbidden West

The article states that "nearly half of [these games] are entirely new IP." Hulst goes on to explain more. “There’s an incredible amount of variety originating from different regions," he says. "Big, small, different genres.” We can account for a few of these new titles. Next on the list for PS5 is Insomniac's long-awaited Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart which drops on June 11th. A recent State of Play showed off some of those mighty fine looking graphics and some of the dimension-hopping combat. Previews for the marquee title are beginning to drop, giving us the first hands-on impressions. We also know that Guerrilla Games' Horizon: Forbidden West — the sequel to the 2017 smash-hit Horizon Zero Dawn — and Santa Monica Studio's God of War: Ragnarok —the sequel to 2018's smashier-hit God of War — are both slated for the end of the year. Horizon: Forbidden West is confirmed for PS4 also, whereas we are yet to hear if God for War: Ragnarok is cross-gen. For 2022, Polyphony Digital are whiling away on Gran Turismo 7, undoubtedly trying to get the perfect vroom-vroom sounds for 3D audio and the correct the hubcap measurements to look perfect in 4k resolution.

There are a few other educated guesses that can be made for PS5's future: Sucker Punch appears to be developing a sequel to Ghost of Tsushima and Japan Studios' Team Asana is the lone survivor of the recent upheaval at the studio, suggesting that it could be working on another Astro game. Considering the wealth of established IP under Sony's belt, there is near-unlimited potential for other recognisable games to rear their heads in the future.
Ratche & Clank: Rift Apart

As for new IP, this is where it gets exciting. Naughty Dog appears to be in stasis while it find a new project to work on. Perhaps a new Neil Druckmann/Halley Gross-led IP is brewing over there? Likewise, Bend Studio has recently forced itself out of an unannounced Uncharted project and has had a co-op Days Gone sequel rejected. A new IP from the studio might be the impetus for extra growth and development. Sony also has a habit of picking up second-party projects to test out new IP. Just look at the Housemarque's recently released Returnal and the confirmed upcoming console exclusives of Bethesda's DeathLoop and GhostWire: Tokyo; Ember Labs' first project Kena: Bridge of Spirits; and Square Enix's mysterious Forspoken. Now that is a daunting, but fresh, line-up.

Hulst, then, is flexing PlayStation's future using the huge variety of games across genre, scope, and studios rather than announcing the multi-billion dollar purchase of, I don't know, Bethesda? Is this good enough for you, dearest reader? What would you like to see in PlayStation Studios' future? Any gaps in the PlayStation library you would like filled with a new IP? Prophesise down below!
Kes Eylers-Stephenson
Written by Kes Eylers-Stephenson
Hey, I'm Kes! I'm a Staff Writer, and I've been here since 2021. What do I like? The Outer Wilds is top notch. The Witcher 3 blew my mind over the course of five years completing it. I want Burnout back — I really miss crunching mechanical wonders into walls to the sound of Guns N' Roses. Cool, now we are acquainted, I'll see you around.