We are approaching this delicate period of the console cycle where the studios have to make an important decision. Stay on the previous hardware, go to the next generation or shoot a Hannah Montana and make the most of both worlds. Some publishers such as 2K Games have already made their decision and are skipping a new generation launch instead of the current console hardware. Other studios are considering the possibility of doing both. This is the case with Cygames and Granblue Fantasy: Versus, which could see its sequel as an intergenerational release for both PlayStation 5 and PlayStation 4 if the words of its creative director are anything to go by.
In an interview with GamingBolt, Granblue Fantasy: Versus Cygames creative director Tetsuya Fukuhara spoke about the potential for a dual console launch. Asked about a new generation port of their popular and recently released fighting game, he said the company saw little or no room for improvement to take it to the next generation. The biggest improvement according to Fukuhara would be in the area of load times, which makes sense given what is currently known about the PlayStation 5 and its semiconductor technology.
The director will continue by mentioning the possibility of publishing a Granblue Versus continued on the two pieces of equipment. “I don’t see much room for a PS5 port Granblue Fantasy: Versus to significantly improve the basic experience, so I’m not really considering that right now. However, if we ever go out Granblue Fantasy: Versus 2 in the future, maybe we could consider a cross-platform launch on PS4 and PS5, “said Fukuhara.
It’s a little window of hope, and completely dependent on success Granblue Fantasy spin-off receiving a sequel, but it’s there. There is a plan for such a move, because games like Assassin’s Creed Black Flag saw a game launch that included buying options between generations and other games that came out on both PS3 and PS4 (such as the above WWE 2K series). That said, if backward compatibility is indeed a feature of the PS5, the choice to buy a previous generation version becomes more complicated.
Granblue Fantasy: Versus is currently available on the PlayStation 4.