Sony’s First Party Live Service Games Will Launch Simultaneously for PC and PS5

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Sony has made it abundantly clear on new few occasions that the next big frontiers it has its eyes on is live service games. While the narrative-driven single player PlayStation titles everyone knows and loves aren’t going away anytime soon, PlayStation also wants to expand its presence in the live service space, with a number of titles currently in development.

Of course, as you’d expect, Sony is going to go about handling those games differently than how it has traditionally operated with first party releases so far. Speaking in an interview with YouTuber Julien Chièze, when asked about how Sony will handle upcoming PC releases, PlayStation Studios boss Hermen Hulst said that while a number of games won’t launch for PC until at least a year after they have released for PlayStation, first party live service titles are going to be day and date releases for PlayStation and PC.

“I think going forward we’ll see at least a year between releases on PlayStation and on the PC platform- possibly with the exception of live service games,” Hulst said. “Live service games are a little bit different in nature, because you want to have a really strong community, strong engagement right away, right when you go live. So we might, in the case of our live service offerings, go day and date with PC and the PlayStation platform.”

Earlier this year, Sony said that it plans to release at least 10 live service games between now and March 2026. Of course, official announcements haven’t been made for any of them. A standalone multiplayer The Last of Us game is confirmed to be in development at Naughty Dog, while a recent leak has claimed that an open world co-op Horizon game is also in the works at Guerrilla Games.

In the short term, Sony has a number of PC releases lined up, including Uncharted: Legacy of Thieves Collection, Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales, Sackboy: A Big Adventure, and (as per multiple leaks) Returnal.

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