Following the release of God of War on PC, Sony Santa Monica creative director Cory Barlog claimed that many of PlayStation’s teams assisted in convincing Sony that bringing its greatest exclusives to PC was a “very fantastic idea.”
Barlog, who worked as game director on 2018’s God of War, was asked by Game Informer what insight he might have on Sony’s choice to focus more on the PC market.
“I think it was the collective of studios all over saying this is a really good idea,” Barlog said. “We should be looking into this. Eventually, I think it reached that tipping point. When we had sent so many suggestion box suggestions that they were like, ‘I’m tired of hearing all this. Fine, we’ll do this.’ It’s a process. We’re still figuring out as a company and as individual studios how to do this and what the process and strategy will be.”
Sony’s foray into the PC market began in 2020 when it revealed Horizon Zero Dawn: Complete Edition would be released on the platform. Horizon was a true first-party PlayStation Studios game that would no longer be exclusive, unlike other games that were either funded or released by Sony, such as Death Stranding.
After Horizon, Sony released Days Gone for PC in 2021 and is planning to release Uncharted: Legacy of Thieves Collection on PC in early 2022. In terms of God of War Ragnarok, Barlog isn’t ready to commit one way or the other and says it’s up to Sony to decide whether the sequel will come in fewer than the four years it took for the first.
“I have no idea,” Barlog said. “Right now, we’re taking it one game at a time, kind of looking at each one and determining, ‘Okay, is this the best thing?’ And we’ll gauge how it does. Do people enjoy it? Did we do it right? Is there anything we did wrong? What can we do better in the future if we do this again? But at the end of the day, ultimately, it’s Sony’s decision.”
Hopefully, Ragnarok does make its way to PC as, in our God of War PC performance review, we said, “this PC port offers some nice boosts over the PS4 Pro release, it scales well, and although impactful on hardware, it does give you the choice of increasing resolution, quality, frame rates, and even aspect ratio over what PlayStation consoles offer.”