Zombie Studios boss: ‘Sony in it to win it’ with PS4
posted on 03.26.13 at 09:51 PM EST by (@salromano)
"Microsoft definitely has a different outlook," says Gerritzen.

Sony has been “very, very proactive” in its relationship with Zombie Studios, company boss Jared Gerritzen told Destructoid at the Game Developers Conference in San Francisco. 

Zombie yesterday revealed its free-to-play first-person shooter Blacklight: Retribution would come to PlayStation 4 during a Sony-hosted PlayStation Indie Arcade event at GDC.

“I think Sony is really in to win this one,” Gerritzen said. “I’m good friends with a lot of guys at Microsoft, I’m under their NDA flag, and Microsoft definitely has a different outlook than Sony does. Sony, like they say ‘Yeah, PlayStation 3 wasn’t what we wanted it to be in comparison in the ‘arms’ race.’

“So now they’re going hard, man,” Gerritzen added. “I think that it will be really interesting to see what Xbox fires back with. It’ll be an awesome E3. Sony is just like, ‘GO! GO! GO! Let’s make this hardcore! Let’s get all these devs in and let’s make it as good as we can.'”

According to Gerritzen, Sony is doing more than simply approving projects. They’re offering direct developer support and game promotion.

“They could have just been like, ‘Yeah, put it on the PlayStation 4. Cool,'” he said. “But they’re sending us kits, they’re sending us everything, they’re pulling us into PR groups, they’re setting up these events for us, and it’s just awesome.”

The PlayStation 4 version of Blacklight: Retribution will be the same as the PC version, but with a different experience, said Gerritzen. “Everything” is being redeveloped, including “all of the controls for the controller,” and the touch panel will be utilized in some way. The monetization system will be ‘completely restructured,’ too.

Blacklight: Rretribution is due out for PlayStation 4 ‘a few months’ after the system launches this holiday. Read Destructoid’s full interview with Jared Gerritzen here.

  • https://www.facebook.com/soulsacrificedelta 新阿修羅(ShinAsura)

    I saw how serious Sony was during their preview event for the PS4, it showed that they’ve learned from their mistakes and are ready to go forward.

  • rockman29

    Yarp, sure looks like it since PS Meeting.

    GDC just reinforced it ten-fold.

    • https://www.facebook.com/soulsacrificedelta 新阿修羅(ShinAsura)

      Next up is the big show

  • Sevyne

    Yep, I think Sony learned their lesson. They were pretty smug after the success of the PS2 and probably thought they were untouchable. I loved the PS3 myself, but the way they are handling things now is what they should have been doing for years. Well, now they got their serious faces on and the kid gloves are off. They aren’t really to be messed with in the coming console gen imo.

  • Elvick

    Now let’s hope that the marketing continues to be decent for not just a couple of AAA first party titles, but more for all of Sony’s games. At least do general system adverts that market all the new games coming out when there are too many to push individually.

    Guess we’ll see. I’ve seen tons of GoW: Ascension ads, and I just watch my shows that I record and stick to Netflix all the other times.

  • http://twitter.com/Stealth____ Stealth

    he makes me sad to be a gamer

  • Solomon_Kano

    Sony’s got their game face on. Definitely excited for E3 this year. Sony and Nintendo will be out in full force, so MS should at least have something to grab my attention. This is looking like it’ll be the best E3 in years.

    TGS should be good, too.

  • http://twitter.com/AnthonyFoster5 Anthony Foster

    Sony really seems to be making almost all the right moves (I’d still like to see PS1/PS2 disc backwards compatibility), but considering how poorly they’ve handled Vita I’m still skeptical.

  • ddsfan2

    It is certainly possible. The PS4 is looking a lot more compelling game-wise than I expected thus far, and it sounds like they are back to their third-party centric ways, which is the way it should be, IMO.

    I wouldn’t be surprised if the system gets quite a few niche games that appeal to me within two years of release, whereas the PS3 and PSP took longer than they should have to gain a wide variety of games. (don’t get me wrong, I really like those systems though)

  • Adol Christian

    Go Sony Go :)