With E3 right around the corner, Sony has decided to face its woes head on, but the company has promised that 2016 should fare a little better. At the company's annual Investor’s Day Conference, Sony president Andrew House admitted that the companies biggest game, Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End, was getting pushed back into 2016, which did not help the PlayStation 4’s admittedly sparse first-party line-up. While the PS4 continues to lead the pack in current-generation console sales, many investors were left nervous that Uncharted 4’s delay could lead to a drop in numbers for the Japanese giant.
But House refused to focus on the negative and instead turned his attention to what to expect next from the company. While Uncharted 4 has been pushed back to 2016, House clarified that this means the fiscal year. Sony’s 2016 fiscal year ends on March 31st, 2016, which indicates that Nathan Drake’s latest outing should hit shelves in the first quarter of the year.
With 2016 still a ways off, House reaffirmed that Sony’s thin first-person line-up should not be viewed as a negative. House stressed that this allows Sony to put a greater emphasis on third-party games, which the Sony exec believes will allow the company to further strengthen its relationship with third-party developers. House used Hello Games' upcoming space exploration title No Man’s Sky as an example, as the game will release on multiple consoles, but will be given the “first-party treatment” on Sony’s consoles.
House also addressed Project Morpheus, Sony’s addition to the ever-growing world of virtual reality. He confirmed to investors that Sony plans to release the VR headset in the first quarter of 2016, as the company had previously announced in a conference at Game Developers Conference 2015. While Sony has not yet revealed a definitive release date for the product, House did confirm that the headset will be compatible with both the PS4 and the PS Vita.
With Uncharted 4 and Project Morpheus now pushed back into 2016, Sony finds itself with a smattering of games to push this holiday season, but House assured investors that good things lie ahead for Sony.
The delay of Uncharted 4 should allow notorious perfectionists Naughty Dog to put more time into fine-tuning the triple-A title, and industry speculators have taken note that the first-quarter 2016 launch of Project Morpheus will allow Sony to go head-to-head with the consumer launch of the Oculus Rift. 2016 is shaping up to be good for Sony fans, but that may make 2015 seem all the worse comparatively.
Source: Game Informer