Horizon sold over 10 million copies on its first couple of years (this is back in 2019, so before the PC port etc), becoming one of the best selling PS4 games.Bethesda doesn't tend to lean that heavily on new IP, but that doesn't mean new IP doesn't sell. Horizon Zero Dawn and Ghosts of Tsushima we're among the best selling games on PS4. The first Last of Us was one of the best selling PS3 games.
Ghost of Tsushima sold over 8M copies in a year and a half, so it's selling faster than Horizon.
GoW was 19.5M back in August, sold 10M in a year. Uncharted 4 was at 15M back in 2019, 3 years after release and 8 month after release at 8.7M. Spider-Man sold over 13M in less than a year. Pretty likely Uncharted 4 and Spider-Man crossed the 20M copies sold and may sell more on PC.
TLOU sold 20M until 2019 and TLOU2 we don't have numbers but we know its selling somewhere above GoT.
Both Horizon and Tsushima have potential to be >15M sellers, with some nice extra push from PC port+sequel who knows if even 20M sellers. They are top tier new IPs selling almost as much as the stablished top Sony IPs.
Look at this comparision:Fallout 4 and 76 isn't that high a bar either. Fallout 4 was the better of the two and is still regarded as a bit of a disappointment.
- Falllout 4 got 84/87/88 MC and according to Bethesda they shipped 12M for the launch day. Sounds as a big success.
- Fallout 76 got 53/52/49 MC, sold 1.4 million copies in a month and a half. Doesn't sound as a big success.
Jim Ryan has all their studios 'aggresively hiring', made many acquisitions compared to their predecessors and is investing more in 2nd party and 3rd party exclusives for PS5 than they ever had before. On the hardware side pushed the production of PS5 to gaming history records until what the chips shortages allowed him. This is while also supporting PS4 and releasing PC ports. Seems to be working on a big push for Plus/Now and VR. They are also working on making movies and tv shows of their PS IPs, plus mobile games. Sounds as the opposite of trimming costs, seem to be pushing hard in all fronts.Honestly, I bring back Shuhei or whoever it was that really revived Sony's gaming division after the slumping ps3.
Jim Ryan gives me bean counter vibes who might be good at pleasing shareholders on a short-term basis by trimming costs and making immediately 'profitable' moves, but this has to be the least I've ever been excited for a Sony machine.
Most of these moves are planting seeds for the future: growing internal teams, hiring small teams and growing them, investing more in subs/streaming, vr, mobile, pc ports and movie/tv series, giving 2nd party game to new studios of the creators of MGS/Destiny/CoD BO/AC...
Shuhei is still there, giving love to the indies (I don't know what exactly is his role, I assume it's to curate indies to sign exclusivity or marketing deals with them) plus to fund some of them and indie related industry events.