Gran Turismo 7 and the next God of War game won’t be exclusive to PlayStation 5 — they will also be released on PlayStation 4, according to a new interview with Hermen Hulst, head of PlayStation Studios.
In the interview, which was conducted for the Official PlayStation Podcast, Hulst shared details on what’s to come from PlayStation, along with some of his thoughts on PS5 and PS4 development. Sony published excerpts from the chat in a PlayStation Blog post on Wednesday.
Hulst said that the 7-year-old PS4 is “very much” a focus for future game development at Sony, and that the company can’t and won’t walk away from the 110 million PS4 owners out there. “I think that’d be bad news for fans of PS4, and frankly not very good business,” he said. (For a comparison, Sony said that it had shipped 7.8 million units of the PS5 as of March 31.)
As a result, said Hulst, Sony will “continue looking” at developing PlayStation games for both PS4 and PS5. He named Guerrilla Games’ Horizon Forbidden West — which Sony previously said would be a cross-generation title — as well as the next God of War game and Gran Turismo 7.
“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,” said Hulst. “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.”
The PS4 news comes as a surprise particularly for Gran Turismo 7, which Sony marketed as a “PlayStation 5 Exclusive” in a sizzle reel of PlayStation games published in December. And in an investor presentation last week, the company listed the next God of War title as part of its lineup of upcoming PS5 games, but left it out of the PS4 lineup.
Sony has previously dodged questions related to platform exclusivity. In an interview with The Telegraph around the launch of the PS5, PlayStation president and CEO Jim Ryan said he had “nothing to say about that” when asked to confirm whether the new God of War game would be a PS5 exclusive.
In Wednesday’s interview with the PlayStation Blog, Hulst also spoke about release windows, saying that the sequel to 2018’s God of War is now scheduled to launch in 2022 — and that Horizon Forbidden West may or may not hit its previously announced 2021 time frame.
“For Horizon, we think we are on track to release this holiday season,” said Hulst. “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.”
As for Gran Turismo 7, Sony announced in February that it had delayed that game to 2022.
We’ve reached out to Sony for further comment, and we’ll update this article with any information we receive.