Horizon Zero Dawn isn’t the only PlayStation title that PC gamers will be able to enjoy in the coming months, as plenty of additional ports are on the way. This is according to GQ Magazine, which recently sat down with Sony Interactive Entertainment President & CEO Jim Ryan and learned that the company is planning to bring a “whole slate” of PlayStation games to the PC starting in the spring. The first of these will purportedly be Bend Studio’s post-pandemic, action-adventure survival horror game, Days Gone.
“Step into the dirt flecked shoes of former outlaw biker Deacon St. John, a bounty hunter trying to find a reason to live in a land surrounded by death,” a description reads. “Scavenge through abandoned settlements for equipment to craft valuable items and weapons, or take your chances with other survivors trying to eke out a living through fair trade… or more violent means.”
“I think a few things changed,” Ryan said after being asked about why Sony had a change of heart about porting PlayStation games to the PC. “We find ourselves now in early 2021 with our development studios and the games that they make in better shape than they’ve ever been before. Particularly from the latter half of the PS4 cycle our studios made some wonderful, great games.”
“There’s an opportunity to expose those great games to a wider audience and recognise the economics of game development, which are not always straightforward. The cost of making games goes up with each cycle, as the calibre of the IP has improved. Also, our ease of making it available to non-console owners has grown. So it’s a fairly straightforward decision for us to make.”
Ryan goes on to confirm that Horizon Zero Dawn’s PC release has been successful for Sony, earning not only critical praise but managing to hit sales targets as well. He also claims that PlayStation fans reacted well to losing one of their treasured exclusives.
“[…] in terms of the straightforward success of the activity of publishing the game on PC, people liked it and they bought it,” Ryan stated. “We also looked at it through the lens of what the PlayStation community thought about it. There was no massive adverse reaction to it. So we will continue to take mission steps in this direction.”
There’s no indication of what PlayStation titles might be coming to the PC this year following Days Gone, but it’d be easy to draw up a list of ports that’d be exciting to see on Steam. Those would include Naughty Dog’s hit Uncharted and The Last of Us games, as well as Santa Monica Studio’s critically acclaimed God of War series.