It’s no secret that Sony’s 2015 lineup is a little on the small side. The consolemaker has only released three retail PS4 games in 2015 (The Order: 1886, Bloodborne, and MLB 15: The Show) with another three (God of War III Remastered, Until Dawn, and Tearaway Unfolded) penciled in for the remainder of the year. However, it’s absolutely unprecedented to hear the head of the company admit it. And yet, during Sony’s Investor Relations Day yesterday, Sony Computer Entertainment President and CEO Andrew House admitted the publisher’s planned lineup for the current calendar year is “a little sparse” and that 2015 should be considered “a year of investment.”
“I would characterize 2015 as the beginning of a harvest period for the PlayStation 4 platform,” House said. “The beginning of a harvest period. That being said, we are also undertaking to invest in the future, and 2015 will also be a year of investment.”
“We are working very hard to continue very strong support from third-party pubs and devs,” House said. “Our first-party lineup is a little sparse this year, so I think this places even greater emphasis on getting good third-party support.”
On the subject of third-party support, House cited the PS4 release of Street Fighter V in 2016 as a bright spot, but cautioned that such exclusives will be hard to come by in the future. But the CEO had no kind words for the PlayStation Vita. He referred to the handheld, and the Vita-based PlayStation TV microconsole, as “legacy platforms” during his speech. Aside from a portable version of the aforementioned MLB 15: The Show, Sony doesn’t have any other Vita titles on tap for 2015.
Some surprises will surely come out of this year’s E3 Expo, but I don’t expect big things from Sony this year as CEOs are rarely this honest about their shortcomings.