Our Game of the Year coverage continues with the Best PS5, PS4 Developer of 2022, of which a top four has been put together by the Push Square editorial team. This category crowns the best PS5, PS4 developers that have excelled this year, whether that's through multiple releases or fantastic support of their current line-up. At the end, we will list a few honourable mentions.
Bronze Trophy: Player First Games (MultiVersus)
Many new live-service titles seem to crash and burn nowadays, so much so that a successful one outside of the household names feels like an anomaly. MultiVersus from Player First Games was one of the few games to make a breakthrough, and the studio has continued to support the experience throughout the year. Many balance patches, events, and new characters have been implemented into the game, making what is a great fighting game even better.
Silver Trophy: CD Projekt RED (Cyberpunk 2077, The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt)
Throughout 2022, Polish heavyweight CD Projekt RED has been working to bring its two biggest games up to the standards we expect on PS5. Cyberpunk 2077 is finally in a state worth playing after so many patches, and then the PS5 version came along to make it look and run so much better for current-gen users. It then did the same for The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, giving it a nice facelift on PS5 and bundling in a bit of free content themed around the Netflix show. The abysmal launch of Cyberpunk 2077 will never be forgotten, but CD Projekt RED is working tirelessly to right its wrongs.
Gold Trophy: Roll7 (OlliOlli World, Rollerdrome)
Releasing one game is difficult enough, so how about two in the space of six months, one of which was also supported post-launch with two pieces of DLC? British team Roll7 had an incredible 2022, releasing two of the PS5's best-feeling titles within touching distance of each other. OlliOlli World revitalised the 2D skateboarding series, and then Rollerdrome paired Tony Hawk's Pro Skater with guns for fantastic effect. A really impressive effort from the indie studio.
Platinum Trophy: FromSoftware (Elden Ring)
Elden Ring belongs in the same pantheon as titles like The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild as it successfully breaks away from the typical mould of open world experiences to set a new standard for exploration. All thanks to FromSoftware, the Japanese team created wonder and intrigue around every corner and inside every cave through its outstanding commitment to unique visual designs, both in the environment and the enemies that inhabit those locations. The Lands Between is varied, beautiful. It could only have been crafted by a masterful team like FromSoftware, cementing it as one of the industry's greats all over again.
Honourable mentions: Epic Games, Guerrilla Games, and Square Enix.
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