PlayStation CEO Jim Ryan has a good feeling about the planned releases of Horizon Forbidden West, Returnal, and Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart. Among these games, the action role-playing game from Guerrilla Games is the only title that has not received a release date now.
The fans of Horizon Forbidden West were skeptical as to whether the action role-playing game will really be launched this year. Now Jim Ryan commented on the releases planned for this year. The editors of GQ asked the managing director of PlayStation whether the releases are safe in view of the corona pandemic and its effects.
He replied that they had a good feeling about Returnal, Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart, and also Horizon Forbidden West. While the first two titles have already received a fixed release date, a release date for the last-named game is still pending.
Immediately afterward, Ryan mentions: “You know, there are two approaches to this: you can either hold the date and put out the game irrespective of quality or you can ship it when it’s right. We have always taken the latter approach. There have been some fairly high-profile instances of publishers trying the former approach.”
Should the developers find in the course of further development that the quality does not meet their requirements, a postponement is inevitable. The Sony-affiliated development studios do not want to bring an unfinished game onto the market, as Jim Ryan makes clear with this statement. At a time when creative minds work remotely, according to Ryan, you have to respect and accept any delays in development.
The sequel to God of War: Ragnarok was not mentioned at all. Here, too, it is questionable whether we can play this PS exclusive title this year.
Horizon: Forbidden West is still slated to release in the second half of 2021 for PS4 and PS5.