Former PlayStation boss, Shawn Layden, has lastly revealed why he left the firm, virtually two years after his departure.
PlayStation abruptly introduced on September 30, 2019, that Layden had left the company after 32 years with Sony. The firm did not reveal why Layden had departed — PlayStation merely stated he was leaving and that he’ll be vastly missed — and Layden himself has remained quiet on the topic.
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Now, virtually two years after his departure, Layden has revealed in an interview with Bloomberg that he left PlayStation to keep away from burnout and to put a very good pin in his legacy at the firm.
“It’s a teen’s exercise,” Layden stated. “I felt: This is an efficient time to put the pin in my legacy.”
Layden defined that in the years main up to his departure, he had helped the firm launch a few of the highest-rated video games of the total PS4 technology — he famous Horizon Zero Dawn and God of War to Bloomberg. He stated that leaving PlayStation when he did, which occurred to be the 12 months earlier than the begin of the PlayStation 5 technology, got here down to good timing.
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“That appeared like a very good time to step off on prime and permit one other technology to take the PlayStation 5 to market,” Layden stated.
Bloomberg requested Layden if his departure had something to do with present PlayStation boss, Jim Ryan, in mild of rumors that the two did not gel. The publication writes that Layden “would not get into specifics there,” however that Layden merely answered, “I believe I took my time at the second I noticed finest to take it [and] I could not be happier.”
Elsewhere in Bloomberg’s interview, the publication touches on an hour-long dialog between Layden, who now serves on the advisory board at Streamline Media Group, and Streamline CEO Alexander Fernandez. In that dialog, Layden defined his concern with the rising prices of AAA sport growth.
Layden stated sport growth prices appear to double with every technology, citing that the PlayStation 4 titles he helped get out the door every value at the least $100 million.
“If we won’t cease the value curve from going up, all we will do is attempt to de-risk it,” Layden stated. “That places you in a spot the place you are incentivized towards sequels.” He then went on to predict that PS5 video games will find yourself costing $200 million to make and that costs will solely go up from there.
For extra about PlayStation, read what PlayStation had to say when Layden left the company after which examine how the present chip scarcity affecting the manufacturing of PlayStation 5s “will remain very tight” until at least next September. Check out this story about PlayStation’s upcoming 40-minute “future of PS5” showcase after that.
Wesley LeBlanc is a contract information author and information maker for IGN. You can observe him on Twitter @LeBlancWes.