- Apr 22, 2021
I would consider Returnal a first party game personally. Same way i'd consider Deathloop an xbox first party game.Returnal regardless of how you look at it regardless if at the time they did not legally own them, Housemarque made returnal for Sony and only Sony. Sony approached them on that title. House marque showed them their prototype for their BR game and sony was not interested. But saw their returnal prototype and liked that so funded that whole project and at a certain milestone started talks in acquiring them. Which started way last year.
So cherry pick what you want. Returnal is first party, sony funded it even before legally owning them. I agree Final fantasy and the likes are not first party nor should they be considered. But Returnal was made exclusively for PS5 only, and was 100% funded and they were given tools internally by Sony to build the original prototype. Ratchet is first party regardless of how you want to swing it.
Ratchet started production the same time frame that they were bought by sony. It started in 2019.