Today I saw a strange interaction between a company and a fan base wrapped up in an otherwise exciting announcement. Horizon Zero Dawn: Complete Edition is coming to PC this summer. News of this came from a PlayStation Blog interview with Hermen Hulst, the new Head of Sony Worldwide Studios after Shuhei Yoshida stepped down to spearhead a new initiative to cultivate relationships between the company and independent studios.
The interview touched on a few things, including his vision for Sony Worldwide Studios, how he feels about Media Molecule’s game creation game Dreams, and a little bit of discussion about the upcoming Uncharted movie and The Last of Us TV show.
But when it came to confirming the Horizon Zero Dawn port, here’s what he had to say:
“I think it’s important that we stay open to new ideas of how to introduce more people to PlayStation, and show people maybe what they’ve been missing out on.”
This part checks out. As successful as the PlayStation 4 has been this generation, there are inevitably people who don’t own the console and never played Horizon, so putting it on another platform where more people can play it is good for everyone involved, right?
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But then there’s the next sentence:
“And to maybe put a few minds at ease, releasing one first-party AAA title to PC doesn’t necessarily mean that every game now will come to PC. In my mind, Horizon Zero Dawn was just a great fit in this particular instance. We don’t have plans for day and date [PC releases], and we remain 100% committed to dedicated hardware.”
Two things of note: Sony is apparently not making PC ports a rule or even commonplace for its first-party studios. So games like The Last of Us: Part II or Ghost of Tsushima might remain PS4 exclusives for the time being.
But the other thing of note is Hulst frames this as information that will “put a few minds at ease.” Sony making a calculated decision to not bring its games to more people is supposed to be good news?
A quick glance at the replies to Horizon Zero Dawn developer Guerilla Games’ tweet on the subject answers this question. Apparently, fans of PlayStation aren’t exactly happy with the idea of games on the platform they bought coming to other platforms they haven’t bought. So much so that some are saying they will be skipping PlayStation 5 in protest.
Rather than bring any attention to specific person’s tweets, I will now leave a short list of suggestions of better uses of your time than being angry about more people playing the games you like. You could:
- Take a nap.
- Volunteer at a local soup kitchen to help out people in need.
- Play Horizon Zero Dawn on your PlayStation 4.
- Message your PC-playing friend that might be interested in Horizon Zero Dawn that the game will be coming to their platform of choice.
- Wash your hands.
- Go on a walk.
- Message a friend you haven’t seen in a bit and make dinner plans.
- Check your pet’s food bowl and make sure they’ve got something to eat.
- Log off.