Asked how PS4 factors into PlayStation Studios’ development vision, he said it is still a focus for future game creation.
“You can’t build a community of over 110 million PS4 owners and then just walk away from it, right? I think that’d be bad news for fans of PS4, and frankly not very good business,” Hulst told the PlayStation Blog.
“Where it makes sense to develop a title for both PS4 and PS5 — for Horizon Forbidden West, the next God of War, GT7 — we’ll continue looking at that. And if PS4 owners want to play that game, then they can. If they want to go on and play the PS5 version, that game will be there for them.
“That being said, it’s also very important to have showpieces for PS5, hence the development of Returnal and Ratchet that are exclusive to PS5.”
Last November, PlayStation CEO Jim Ryan refused to comment on whether God of War Ragnarök would be released for PS4 as well as PS5.
Sony also confirmed on Wednesday that it has delayed the release of God of War Ragnarök from this year to 2022.
It announced in February that Gran Turismo 7 had also been delayed to 2022 due to “Covid-related production challenges”.
Elsewhere in the PlayStation Blog interview, Hulst said Horizon Forbidden West’s development has been “affected by access to performance capture and talent” during the Covid-19 pandemic.
“For Horizon, we think we are on track to release this holiday season. But that isn’t quite certain yet, and we’re working as hard as we can to confirm that to you as soon as we can.”