Earlier this week Shuhei Yoshida, president of Sony Computer Entertainment Worldwide Studios, participated in a live Q&A Twitter session while attending Paris Games Week. He answered whatever questions tickled his fancy, as succinctly as possible.
Yoshida was asked if backwards compatibility was coming to the Playstation 4, and he gave a one-word answer: “No.” (There was also a video of this “No” attached.) His reply to the question if Sony had any JRPGs in development was also as succinct: another “No” video.
While this steadfast refusal might look despairing at first, it’s important to look at the context: he was asked if Sony itself was making a JRPG, and they are not. But Sony has rarely stepped into the JRPG market on their own. Nearly all the great JRPGs on Playstation and Playstation 2 were created by third parties. The only straight JRPG that comes to mind which was created by Sony itself is The Legend of Dragoon, which doesn’t show up on many people’s favorites list. Sony isn’t making a JRPG, but that isn’t news. It doesn’t mean the PS4 has none coming.
Yoshida was also asked which upcoming games he was most excited about. “Star Wars Battlefront, No Man’s Sky and The Witness,” he replied.