PlayStation has been pretty open about wanting more live-service games, even buying Bungie to ensure they have the right people who can make this happen. It seems that the company has hit a snag in this department, confirming that 6 unannounced live-service games have now been delayed, not that anyone cares.
During an earnings call (via VGC), Sony president Hiroki Totoki confirmed that of the 12 live-service titles the company is working on, half of them are getting delayed. Apparently, this is due to quality control, as Sony wants to ensure that gamers will be playing these titles for a long time.
“We are reviewing this… we are trying as much as possible to ensure [these games] are enjoyed and liked by gamers for a long time,” Totoki said. “[Of] the 12 titles, six titles will be released by FY25 – that’s our current plan. [As for] the remaining six titles, we are still working on that.”
Considering how there’s barely any information about these titles, it’s hard to feel bad about the delay from PlayStation, especially since most of them are coming out years from now. Only time will tell if these live-service titles are actually worth waiting for, as most gamers are sick of this gaming practice.
This year alone, we’ve seen many live-service games die, even if they had big brands like Final Fantasy behind them. Most of them tend to suffer from poor launch states that can be “fixed later,” which almost never works. While games like No Man’s Sky and Final Fantasy XIV were able to make a comeback, it still took a ton of work and had less greedy gaming practices.
Most gamers have preferred playing single-player titles in recent times, with Marvel’s Spider-Man 2 on PlayStation 5 and Xbox’s Hi-Fi Rush proving to be major hits. Games like Final Fantasy XIV and Destiny 2 will always be popular, but only time will tell if more live-service titles will help Sony.