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As PlayStation 5 celebrates its first year of launch today, Sony told fans that more than 25 different exclusive games are currently under development across the publisher’s first-party studios.
As part of a congratulatory update post Playstation blog, Sony talked about the packed year since launching the latest flagship console. “It’s definitely a busy year and we’re just starting out on the PS5,” said Jim Ryan, president of Sony Interactive Entertainment.
“The imaginative game creators and publishing partners we work with have launched over 360 games on the PS5, and more than 25 games are currently being developed for the PS5 on PlayStation Studios.”
Some of these games haven’t been playable for a while (I’m watching Spider-Man 2), but there’s still a lot of excitement for PlayStation fans. Next year alone, publishers will see the launch of a number of exclusive blockbuster titles, including Guerrilla Games’ Horizon Forbidden West, Polyphony’s Gran Turismo 7, and Santa Monica Studio’s God of War Ragnarok. But it leaves a huge number of monopolies that have not yet been announced.
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The long list of Sony’s exclusive games is partly due to its activities in the wider development market. This year, the publisher showed no signs of cessation, as it brought together so many prestigious developers for the PlayStation Studios family. After acquiring Returnal developer Housemarque in June, Sony has added more studios through the acquisition of PC porting specialist Nixxes, UK developer Firesprite, and remake specialist Bluepoint Games.
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Elsewhere in the congratulatory blog post, Sony talked about the passion it saw from last year’s fan base. The publisher states that PlayStation 5 users have accumulated over 4.6 billion hours of gameplay on the console since its release. That time has been spent throughout the large collection of games, but Sony also revealed which of them were the most played in the top 10 of the PS5.
Ryan also appreciates the patience of his fans a year after the PS5 remained very difficult to find due to global production shortages. “We understand that the historical demand for PS5 continues to be seen and inventory constraints continue to be a source of frustration for many customers,” he writes. “Reassure us that we are focused on doing our best to ship as many units as possible. This is what we do every day throughout the company and is my top priority. Again, thank you for your patience in navigating these. An unprecedented global challenge. “
Unfortunately, Sony has reportedly cut production plans significantly following a global chip shortage that is currently affecting all areas of the game, and it’s not a problem that seems to be slowing down.
Jared Moore is a freelance writer for IGN.You can follow him twitter..
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