Talking to Russian news website Tass about Microsoft’s subscription service in November, however, Ryan explained that “there is actually news to come, but just not today”. Which is also ambiguous, I know, but it’s context. “We have had this conversation before – we are not going to go down the road of putting new releases titles into a subscription model,” he told GamesIndustry at the time. “These games cost many millions of dollars, well over $100 million, to develop. We just don’t see that as sustainable.”
So now, citing “people at Sony who have told me that they are doing some stuff” in a livestream video on his YouTube channel, Jaffe insists that “there will be a response to Game Pass” but “what it is, we don’t know”. The relevant discussion starts at about 01:05:00, but you can skip the jump for a synopsis. Less ambiguous? You decide. But with Xbox Game Pass clocking some 18 million subscribers and counting, Sony is not going to miss out on this cash forever.
“What I can tell you is I know they are doing some stuff, because I know people at Sony who have told me that they are doing some stuff. There will be a response to Game Pass. What it is, we don’t know.” Via VGC.
(Google turns up two different Change.org petitions to get Jim Ryan fired, and I dunno which one it is.) “I’ve said time and again that people writing Jim Ryan’s obituary are way premature. We had the guy on the show yesterday that had made the petition to fire Jim Ryan and I’m like dude, that’s way premature because Jim Ryan doesn’t owe anybody, Sony doesn’t owe anybody the truth about what’s coming and what their counterpunch to [Xbox] Game Pass is,” he says.
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