This was going to happen sooner or later, of course, but it’s nice to finally be able to comment on it as a fact rather than a possibility: Sony has officially entered the PC games publishing business. What makes the move official is not the already two released PlayStation ports of Horizon Zero Dawn and Days Gone or the announced PlayStation ports of God of War and Uncharted: Legacy of Thieves Collection. It’s the fact that Sony now has a full corporate entity, PlayStation PC LLC, under its wing as the proper publisher of these and other future titles. It does not get any more official than that.
Although an admittedly important step, it was never formally announced by the Japanese company but rather spotted by observant users on Steam, where Horizon’s publishing label changed to “PlayStation PC LLC” from the previously used “PlayStation Mobile” one. Further digging around revealed that this PlayStation PC LLC subsidiary was actually registered as a corporate entity some way back, on April 13th, in California. Yeap, that was one month before Days Gone was released for PC. It all fits.
What followed was, well, the expected mix of excited speculation and angry commenting. Many PC gamers are understandably eager to get their hands on some of the best PlayStation titles out there — among the ones not already announced, that is — regardless of when they were released or on which one of Sony’s systems (as long as those titles are properly optimized of course). Some PlayStation gamers were, once again, frustrated at the prospect of their precious franchises not remaining exclusive to their entertainment systems of choice, as if the fun others may be having with the same games somehow takes something away from their fun with those.
It’s not a pretty picture, that contrast of reactions. Fanboyism was and still is one of the most incomprehensible problems of our times, be it about football clubs, tech products, entertainment…