Sony is poised to end 2022 without a major press conference. Before we elaborate, it’s important to clarify what we mean here: we’re excluding shorter livestreams like State of Play or major events the platform holder has participated in, like Gamescom Opening Night Live or Summer Games Fest. We’re referring specifically to tentpole briefings, like last year’s PS Showcase or historical E3 livestreams.
While the manufacturer has kept us abreast of its output through various short-form events like several of the aforementioned State of Plays, it’s generally kept its cards close to its chest. In fact, now that God of War Ragnarok has released, the platform holder has zero upcoming PS5 or PS4 exclusives with a release date attached, outside of PSVR2 launch titles like Horizon Call of the Mountain. We know that Marvel’s Spider-Man 2 and Marvel’s Wolverine are in development at Insomniac Games, as well as an unnamed The Last of Us multiplayer game at Naughty Dog, but outside of that the firm has vanishingly few publicly announced projects.
We can infer a lot from rumours. For example, we know there’s probably a remake of Horizon Zero Dawn on the way from Guerrilla Games, as well as some kind of multiplayer spin-off; Firesprite allegedly has several titles in development, including a Twisted Metal reboot – and it’s probably safe to assume that Sucker Punch is now knee-deep into development of a Ghost of Tsushima successor. So, the manufacturer is not twiddling its thumbs, but it’s been a quiet year on the announcements front.
In fact, you only need look at the way the firm has revealed major news this year. PSVR2, for example, was dated and priced alongside ten new titles in a random October afternoon PS Blog post; it’s the kind of thing, historically, you’d expect the manufacturer to make a big song and dance about. Perhaps it feels that, regardless of the approach it takes, the news will reach its intended audience anyway; in a sense, that’s true, many of us have already lodged our pre-orders for Sony’s next-gen headset now, and we didn’t exactly need a livestream to do it. But it all feels a bit anticlimactic.
Our view is that Sony’s been deeply affected by stock shortages. While the situation has been improving over the past few months, the system has been largely unavailable for most of the year. It’s possible that the executives at Sony have seen little value in building hype around a product people can’t readily purchase, and thus have been holding back as a consequence. With availability expected to massively increase in 2023, it means next year could be a big one for PS5 and PS4 announcements.
But we’d argue it needs to be regardless. Obviously, we’re very satisfied with PlayStation’s output this year – with the heavy hitters like Gran Turismo 7 and God of War Ragnarok there’s been plenty to play – but with very little on the horizon beyond PSVR2, a presentation of what the future holds would be both appreciated and required.
Perhaps there’s still time for some kind of PS Showcase before the curtain closes on 2022 – it’s not quite December yet, after all. But personally we can’t see it. And that means this year will go down in history: to our knowledge, it’s the first time since the brand’s inception that the organisation hasn’t hosted a major briefing at all.
What are your thoughts on the lack of a major PlayStation showcase in 2022? Are you surprised, or do you just think it’s a sign of the times? Are you hoping for bigger, more meaningful announcements next year? Let us know in the comments section below.
They can't really have a showcase with this ongoing Activision Blizzard thing. Microsoft could use whatever Sony do in the showcase to add to there defense of the acquisition.
I don't mind personally. For one I play smaller indie games mostly but also we kinda know what they are working on anyway.
@Snake_V5 I don't buy that. It hasn't stopped several timed exclusives, like Silent Hill 2, from being announced.
@Snake_V5 This isn't a thing that's actually happening. It came from a tweet from a completely unreliable Twitter account.
Well, what do you want? They are wasting resources on the VR fad again. They got nothing to show. Apparently killing the Vita for it wasn't enough and this has always been my problem with fads. They divert resources from regular games.
@LiamCroft @get2sammyb Can I please get a gold star next to my username? You don't have to give me any administrator privileges.
I don't believe they HAVE to have a major conference every year as long as they keep putting out quality games, and they are.
A longer PlayStation showcase should only happen IF they have enough quality titles to announce/show not just to tick a box. As it is a State of Play is fine. EDIT: and they've had FIVE of those this year, that's fine.
I hate this whole narrative that Sony or MS won't show off stuff due to some fantasy battle with the Activision acquisition.
This whole crapshoot started with a nonsensical tweet from a fake insider who's been repeatedly proven to have NO insider knowledge or credible sources.
Sony and MS have both announced big things regarding products, upcoming games and timed exclusives since this lie was posted on Twitter and it's not gonna stop anytime soon.
Don't believe everything you read.
Sony will likely announce multiple big projects at TGA next month and will probably hold a SoP in the new year.
I have so many games to play as it is. I don't need more just yet. Whatever is announced at The Game Awards I'm sure will be enough for the time being.
I’d really like to know what Sony is releasing next year for PS5. Granted, the release schedule for third party titles is loaded, so I’m not feeling hungry, but still… i believe Spider-Man 2 is the only title that we’ve got hanging around and that does literally nothing for me (outside VR, of course, but, again, very little interest from me as a more classical gamer). Of course, Xbox’s robust three releases next year (I’m being sarcastic here) don’t inspire much confidence in the competition’s release schedule either. I can’t believe the Switch’s first party release schedule continues to look dominant. It’s bizarre to see Nintendo continuing to be so strong in their release schedule after the Wii and WiiU era.
As much as I wanted a big showcase you can't force blood out of a stone. If Sony had a show full of brief teasers and CGI trailers they would get criticised for announcing games too soon.
@Nem That's not true, they only have two first-party teams working on PSVR2 from what we know so far (Firesprite and Guerrilla on Horizon Call of the Mountain).
I'm sure other projects will emerge as we get closer to launch (Asobo is almost certainly making a new Astro Bot for PSVR2) but most of the other games are either third-party or collaborations with partners, like Firewall Ultra from First Contact.
@Hindenburg I'm afraid not, sorry!
I mean there's no point having a big showcase if they have nothing to show and given the delays for so many games they may well just have nothing in the immediate future. I'd much rather wait and have a big show when they have plenty to show off and for games that are coming soon.
As for Sony stuff, I couldn't care less about an Horizon Zero Dawn remaster and frankly see little reason for PS4 releases on PS5 when they could just easily be patched. That said I am incredibly excited for PSVR2 and hopefully we get some more games announced for that and many PSVR games ported to it
@Snake_V5 I don't really believe that rumour at all. Announcing a couple more exclusives would not matter when Sony have been doing it for over 20years. As if a couple more would make any difference at all.
I understand they can't hype the console due said shortages, but this shouldn't interfere with games' output.
Also, I'd rather have little events with release dates in the nearby future than a grand showcase with dates for games 2 or more years from now.
I truly loved the big showcases, though, the hype was insane and the games shown were often great blockbuster titles. But we gotta admit PlayStation was heavily criticized for showing games with too long release dates attached to them.
@Nem well its not a fad and Sony making games for PSVR takes nothing away from their regular games and I for one am more excited for VR games anyway
I'm fine with no PS showcase this year. Would I have liked one this year though yh of course I would but now it's most likely not happening this year just means next year's PS showcase should be even more juicier. Goty awards soon which does occasionally have some nice surprises?
Microsoft this year:
Major shows: 1
Major game releases: 0
Sony this year:
Major Shows: 0
Major game releases: 3(+1)
Seems fine to me
PSVR2, Spider-Man 2, Stellar Blade ,FFXVI. I feel like we know as much as we did in 2021 about 2022. Not really seeing how this is a big deal to be honest. Gamers need to be more patient. Plenty of great games out right now go play them
I think it does sadly give some credence to the scrapped showcase rumours amidst the Activision/Blizzard deal.
It also probably doesn't help that any planned announcements like the Zero Dawn remaster were met with widespread internet criticism, thereby discouraging Sony from making that a centerpiece announcement of sorts.
I do love a big showcase, but I'm okay if we don't get one this year.
There are 34 games on my wishlist and 30 of them are releasing on PS4/PS5.
9 of them are either SIE first party or published by Sony.
3 more are third party exclusives.
Then there's PSVR2 in February.
Sure, I'd like a big event just to see Sony ringing their bells and blowing their trumpets, but I'm fairly happy with how the next few years are looking on my PS5.
@Sakai Well it would depend on how grand and major the event would of been. Who knows what they could of announced.
It's to prepare us for the live service era of PlayStation exclusives
Seems weird with the psvr 2 and some decent games coming out next year to not show off a bit for the brand.
Though there’s no shortage of things to play, I do miss the heydays of the ps4 gen when we got a psx before Christmas! Not to mention an e3 and gamescon presentation in the same year…
@LiamCroft I still wouldn't rule that out completely.
For once I don’t mind. I’m happy playing some of the ~1000 games in my backlog until the next big Sony game comes out. The quality and quantity of first/second party exclusives hasn’t really slowed down in 15 years, so I don’t have much reason to expect a dearth of big things to play, unless this is the supposed Covid slump catching up with us.
@EVIL-C With you there. Jim Ryan is a detriment to Playstation more than he is a help.
My issue isnt that they havent held a showcase.
Its the fact that they havent come out and said anything. I dont think it would be hard for Sony to stick something on the blog thanking their consumers, acknowledging that they wont be having a showcase, but thanking players for their patience, and promising something for early in the new year.
As i say, i dont care about a lack of a showcase - but i do care for PR and - particularly in a time where disposable income for many will be stretched to breaking point - i think the least Sony could do once in a while is acknowledge the fans
I miss the old management, they at least told us if they wasn't having an event.
Forspoken, FF16, Wolverine, Spiderman 2, Silent Hill 2, Stellar Blade, and the PSVR2 launch....From my wallet's perspective, I'm alright with this.
Speak for yourself. VR is the only thing this gen that actually excites me thus far.
Minus the superhero stuff, that’s pretty much me if you add Yakuza and Harry Potter.
id sit on it until starfield delay is announced
Completely unrelated and it might just be me but why does Jim Ryan look like a cross between Gordan Ramsey and Bob Mortimer in that photo?
My backlog of games is a lot.i got so many games to play.if a big showcase come its all good.but right now im having fun with my backlog of huge games that i will play.word up son
I called this months ago. Sony doesn't do conferences anymore and when they decide to drip feed us information on upcoming titles, it's begrudgingly. They went from communicating with their user base regularly to hardly ever.
It's one of the reasons PS5 will be my last system.
@get2sammyb "And that means this year will go down in history: to our knowledge, it’s the first time since the brand’s inception that the organisation hasn’t hosted a major briefing at all".Forgot 2019?
@ChrisDeku Very true, however Xbox will have Starfield and Forza along with RedFall in a otherwise quiet time of the year for the industry. So will be interesting to see if they move consoles in those months that will be quiet from Sony. I own both systems and love both, so i like how they spread out releases this year. Gives me time to play everything. However if i only owned a Series X , this year would have admittedly been a little dry to your point. Just happy to be able to beat GOWR twice before diving into 100 hours of StarField.
I think they are trying to look weak in court for the actblizzard acquisition, as dumb as it is. And even then...
Times have changed. Big annual press conferences aren't really necessary anymore.
You really shouldn’t be so quick to deny the Microsoft/Activision influence. Its incredible plausible.
These exclusivity deals for Silent Hill/Resident Evil were already planned and those games were being announced regardless.
Why do you think we never had a State of Play for Silent Hill yet PlayStation branding was all over the event anyway?
Come on guys.
@Jacko11 The only mention of PlayStation at that event was for Silent Hill 2 being a PS5 console exclusive. None of the other games received confirmed platforms.
I loved Ragnarok but I’m past the point of giving a ***** on what they do. With how Sony has been conducting themselves, I bought a Series X this year and I haven’t owned an Xbox since the 360 and I also used the exploit to get three years of GamePass. My buddy who has NEVER owned an Xbox, did the exact same thing I did. With Xbox, I knew I had Plague Tale Requiem coming at the time along with High on Life, Atomic Heart and Red Fall in the near future. I loved Sony during the PS3 era, and that started to fade toward the PS5 being announced. I was going to say at the end of the PS4 era, but, we know how that is going. I miss how Sony use to be, but it is what it is and now I’m covered regardless of whatever they do.
1. Yes we should be getting one.
2. We will not be getting one
3. It would be worse if they hadn’t released anything this yr!
Imagine if a console manufacturer wouldn’t release a single first party exclusive all yr? That company would SUCK!!!!
God of War and Horzion were delayed to begin with. We knew about those games a while ago. Spider-Man 2 is the only big first party game announced for next year.
I'll take some remakes until some new games are released.
Sony's stock shortages have been somewhat bewildering, when you can buy an Xbox Series X from a shop for £450 or pick up a Series S for less than £190! (Smyths/Very)
The abundance of the PS5 only in outlandishly expensive bundles coming on top of the price hike is probably not helping matters.
I'm holding off because a) I'm hoping next year's redesign is going to be somewhat smaller and less ugly and b) perhaps a bit cheaper. I don't see the point of spending £600 to get a Pro Plus when the SSD Pro is running 99% of the PS games without any major issues.
2022 has been a total bust for PS5 exclusives (i.e. not on PS4) and just perhaps 2023 might make the 5 relevant in my eyes so there's no point Sony doing a State of Play when they have nothing to show.
Even just spider man & wolverine next year would be a solid year (sucks if you aren't into marvel though) I mean Xbox has starfield & Forza 8 & that's about it as of now
Nope, there will not be. Please note that they are fighting MS now and any sign they are big enough without COD will damage their case. So, they have lots to show but not the right time. In my case, i do not give a [email protected]#$ for COD.
Other than Spider Man 2 and Wolverine, have they officially announced anything else first party? I can't think of anything else first party.
Perhaps it's just not there yet. I suspect maybe we will get something SOP for Forspoken/Hogwarts Legacy in the new year, and then maybe a full showcase or something towards SGF/E3.
@Would_you_kindly Redfall too next year, and then anything else that falls in the latter half of the year, Hellblade 2 perhaps out of the other games they've announced so far
@uptownsoul I know there's much more demand for the PS5 but less than £190 to play next-gen games could sway a few people?
@Hindenburg give me one so I look more important like those verified accounts on twitter 😂
@IAmAshCohen17 I'm just talking about announced stuff I've seen that redfall but I don't think it's a big major release with alot of hype surrounding it
@Would_you_kindly That's fair enough, although I suspect quite a few would disagree!
One of Forza, Starfield or Redfall will not release in the first half of the year anyway. Suspect Starfield may end up getting pushed to later in the year
Pays to wear your glasses when you are over 50. I thought that was a pic of Gordon Ramsay when I first saw it.
Yeah there really isn't an excuse, the Sony fan humans will say things like "why would they need to a have a showcase they are making so much money, selling so many consoles blah blah blah;" but the reality is that just shows what Sony gives a s*** about under this leadership. Which appears to bo nothing more than just money and since the money is rolling in why do anything to cater to the fans.
However, I can't be the only one who's been a Sony exclusive console player since PlayStation 1, who is now genuinely considering picking up the other console especially, when you consider some of the Bethesda games now being exclusive, a far better subscription service, on top this complete a lack of communication or fan service that Sony has been displaying the last couple of years. To be so non communicative AND engage in the ridiculous profiteering through Half Baked remasters, garbage pricing, greedy upgrade paths; it's just it all kind of adds up.
If it was just one of them not so bad but all together, it feels like just Sony may be shooting themselves in the foot long term I absolutely guarantee it. Especially considering that because of the idea of catering to cross generation after stating they were going to do otherwise, now we're in a situation where as far as Sony first party exclusives go, we've got very little on the horizon. They played all their hands catering to more early cross generational money with the old install base so now there's not a lot of to look forward to other than a few timed exclusive non first party titles and Sony only choosing to state their commitment to live service trash(greed), going forward.
It feels like more now than ever a showcase at least hyping up some of those titles and hyping up what the future roadmap might be even if it was vague and general, as it always is in this industry, would still have gone a long way toward not making a great deal of us loyal fans feeling like we got hustled with adopting the PS5 early. More importantly though, they are running the risk of losing loyal fans to more enticing options and allowing their ps5 and the inevitable ps5 pro get set aside while we wait the inevitable 4 years for a ps5 exclusive first party title to release aside from friggin spiderman.
Why do they need a showcase right this year, instead of just waiting to have one next year sometime? Sony released four brand new games this year (one was multiplat because of the MLB), and two remasters. I'd say they had a pretty good 2022.
Sure, we don't know much about 2023 yet, but they do have some third party console/timed exclusives set up for the year, like Forspoken, FF7 Rebirth, FFXVI, and I'm sure I might be forgetting a few. I believe Spider-Man 2 was also penned in for 2023, so that's a first party game.
While Jim Cryin is in hargeisa all we will get is, a random Tuesday morning blog post, with a small state of play a week later.
Jim doesn't seem to keen on making a showcase.
But reality is the games will sell so why bother and they announced ragnarok way to early, so maybe announcements these days need to have at least a certain time frame for release. Dont need the backlash.
I imagine game awards we will see something. But also could see maybe a future of games state of play January with all upcoming games for the year ahead. But more wishful thinking I think
@Would_you_kindly i fall into the mix of not that big into Marvel games. Even tho they are well made games, they just don’t do it for me. No one knows what Xbox really has for 2023 other than the 3 delayed games from 2022, such as Forza, RedFall, StarField. My guess would be since those slid to 2023 they should still have maybe HellBlade 2, Contraband, Avowed seems unlikely, Perfect Dark and Fable also unlikely but they for sure have some titles for 2023 that we don’t know yet. For their sake it will be better to announce them closer to the release date then to early and have delays. I own both the PS5 and Series X, both are really great for my gaming needs. This year was nice in the sense i got to play GOWR and not rush, even picked up the Last of us Part 1 on sale to kill some time with and then when Starfield and RedFall come out i can give those titles my full attention.
I think if we didn't have too many 2nd/3rd party games to look forward to I might be a bit more concerned but that's not the case for 2023. Lots of good stuff on the horizon.
i'm not worried , i'd rather they stay busy working on the games then making a trailer or something to show off when there isn't any release date set to the game.
@KundaliniRising333 ? how can they play their hands if they haven't shown off what they are working on? people are so adhd they need to see everything now , right this second or its not real lol. no offense but if people are this impatient they need to find something else to keep themself busy.
Slightly disappointed that they are going to redo Horizon Zero Dawn, it was such a pretty game, especially on the Pro and PS5. But i am sure there will be a audience for it. If they are going to continue to do that, i hope we see the Last of us Part 2 come native to PS5. Of course i want Red Dead 2 to come to PS5 and Series X, give us a option for 60FPS.
@Green-Bandit I like some marvel stuff like Spider-man & the hulk but I'm not big on others like guardians of the galaxy & black panther & really not a fan of the MCU shared universe , I don't believe hellblade will be next year after the announcement of it & that CGI trailer (they said it was gameplay but I'm not convinced) I feel like it's still atleast 18 months away
I really miss the game presentations... Even their little 30:second slides of sales data and whatnot, but I believe you are correct and assuming it's hard to advertise for something that you can't supply. Hopefully that's really the case and as stock keeps getting better they will start out the end of January with a big even showing off VR and other first party games in development... I'm still really hoping that we get the TLOU mp sooner than later... Maybe a big update at the game show?
@Would_you_kindly Hard to tell, i mean i don’t think we see hell blade 2 anytime before next November. But it will be a eye candy game. I believe that was game play actually and thats why they are taking their time on it. Right now Sony and Microsoft are set to have some great games in the 2023-2024 window and we need them, the Gen has started a little slower than both camps would have liked. But both have some heavy hitters in the pipeline and i hope we all give them a try no matter the platform. Console wars are silly when there is so much fun to be had with all 3.
I would really like some kind of PS Showcase and their silence hasn't been ideal. But considering I'm already looking at 2023 which has Persona 4 Golden, Forspoken, Like A Dragon Ishin, Eternights, Stellar Blade, FF16 and Spider-Man 2 it's not like I'm going to be short of games to play next year. 2023 looks set to be a year where I will have a game to play on the console nearly every month, something I haven't been able to say for it during 2022 which didn't have much that interested me. It would be nice if Sony could actually communicate a bit more they just randomly drop stuff these days now, it works I guess but kind of anti climatic when you could make a big deal about something like GOW Ragnarok release date or VR2. I just hope we start getting new announcements next year on what to expect, 2023 is looking pretty good right now imo but I want to know more about what we are getting through that year and going beyond into 2024.
I hope Sony announces a Nintendo switch pro soon.
@somnambulance "It’s bizarre to see Nintendo continuing to be so strong in their release schedule after the Wii and WiiU era."
Remember that during the Wii and WiiU era Nintendo also had to release games for Gameboy, DS, and 3DS. Systems that was doing vastly better. The Switch is the first console in a while that doesn't have to share the market with a Nintendo handheld.
Depends what you consider a major showcase. If it means standing on a stage and pretending most of your games are good, then sure, Sony hasn't put on a major showcase. But neither has Nintendo. Their Directs are the same as Sony's State Of Plays, but people seem to be infinitely more hyped up for them (probably because of Nintendo's stellar track record). So really, it doesn't matter what kind of presser you put out, as long as the content of it is good, does it really matter?
My thoughts are a lack of Jim Ryan would benefit Sony greatly.
@sanderson72 one of my biggest issues with PS5 is it is ugly and i even added the black plates sony makes. It made it blend in a little better and maybe made it look a touch smaller, but a slim or Pro model will replace my Digital PS5 the day they drop. I know it shouldn’t matter much as i love the games on it. But sitting next to my Switch Oled and Series X it just looks bad, really hope the pro or slim don’t need a stand, that to me is just silly. Make it flat and smaller and we should have a winner.
Oh noes. They released three brilliant first party games, yet held no major conference?
Son(y), I'm disappoint.
@naruball God of War and Horzion were announced in 2020 and delayed a whole year. Not the win you’re making it out to be. Not even mentioning PS5 hasn’t had an actual real exclusive since Ratchet. Where are the new experiences not possible on PS4?
@AdamNovice to sonys rescue
@bpomber @themightyant @DonJorginho I agree with all 3 of you, I'm sure whatever is announced at the Game Awards will tide us over until the next inevitable State of Play.
Maybe we'll even get two showcases in 2023, to make up for them skipping 2022?
Sony have had an absolute banger of a year, next year we get PSVR2 and a whole bunch of amazing looking third party exclusives. Plus I'm certain sony won't go a while year without a big first party release unlike someone else.
Sony will be fine without a showcase this year and are in a strong position right now. And there's always a chance they will sneak in a show in December or partner with the game awards and have some reveals there.
What’s the different between exclusives coming from first party or third party an exclusive is an exclusive. you people act like Sony studios didn’t have down time last gen and third party exclusives didn’t fill in the gaps.
@Nem Video games were a fad at one point. Devs were told they were wasting their lives and to get a real job. VR is most likely the next phase of gaming just needs more development. I think Sony are on the right track.
I say who cares. If a game is 2 years or more from release, what's the point of announcing. You'll get nothing but a cgi trailer, I don't watch or care about these as it shows NOTHING from the game itself. To me a game shouldn't be announced until 6 months out, even not even closer to release. I mean, they ALWAYS get pushed back anyway, right?
@Shad361 It doesn't matter when they were announced. They all came out this year and they were all brilliant. Neither MS nor Nintendo can compete with such exclusives, and especially with God of War, hence all the praise the game is getting.
So, yes, it's most certainly a win for gamers who simply play games instead of focusing on unimportant matters.
As for the ps5 getting a real exclusive, sure it would be great, but when the games play great and look great, I don't care if they're not "real" ps5 exclusives. They still easily beat anything else released at the moment (imo anyway).
@SmoothlyRough exactly. But websites need clicks and Sony's strategy is hurting them. Then with pieces like this one they affect gamers who get angry instead of focusing on the brilliant games they could be playing instead.
It's like watching a TV show and enjoying it or focusing on all the drama behind the scenes between actors and producers and then not liking the show as much as you did.
When you can sell every unit you can make and barely make a dent in demand, then you clearly don't need to waste money trying to attract even more people who cant get a unit, and the SOP's throughout the year have been fine and enjoyable.
Also when you are in contention with a corp that wishes to buy up some of the largest IP's in gaming unopposed, you cant realistically express concerns at this whilst making huge showcases showing how much you have coming and how brilliant your platform is - it undermines your argument against the deals.
This site in particular, appears to have no understanding or sympathy for how Sony run its business, and I wander at how people who live and breathe this stuff cant see what is absolutely clear cut crystal business sense. Sony didn't get where it is by being lucky, they got there by knowing what's important or what is not.
They obviously don't have anything first party worthwhile to show, but 2023 is looking so stacked already with games that it doesn't really matter.
Aside from the Final Fantasy releases I don't think I'll be playing much on my PS5 next year compared to PC and Series X.
Well when you put it that way. Hahaha
@AverageGamer Even so, Nintendo’s output has been consistent and strong in a way that it hasn’t been in some time. Usually Nintendo’s first party output starts to trickle off halfway into the life of any of their systems.
@naruball Nintendo can’t compete? Lol they had Bayonetta 3, Xenoblade 3, Splatoon, Pokemon Arceus, Kirby, and countless more games. Actual variety of different genres. I don’t think you played or even looked at any of these games.
It’s like they had a new exclusive every month. Sony went awol after GT7 for 9 months until god of war was released.
I'm a sucker for big showcases, but I also have a backlog that just keeps on growing so not having something looming over the horizon is nice, even the stuff that is pretty close is still vague and non-threatening.
That being said I am looking forward to the trailer compilations from The Game Awards... and who knows they might announce something at TGA for the following week (doubtful but ya never know)
I would like to know what they are up to but I do have a backlog I need to work through. 2023 is stacked on the third party front; I’ve got a bunch of recent games I’ll need to finish by then.
@somnambulance It's to do with the handling of legacy content, Nintendo's delved more into porting/remastering/remaking older games not previously playable on the current system for retail releases this time around compared to previous systems. For example 2021 had these:
2018, 2020 and 2021 were more on the ports/remasters/remakes side meanwhile 2017, 2019 and 2022 were more on the new side. 2023 is yet to be seen given all we know so far is Fire Emblem Engage, Kirby's Return to Dream Land Deluxe, Tears of the Kingdom and Pikmin 4.
It's a clever strategy I wish Sony used, delving into the gold mine of PS1-3 games that have never been natively playable on PS4/PS5.
@Snake_V5 that is useless wrong excuse that someone on twitter spread and now everyone is running with it lol Sony is already in big trouble with: silent hill 2 remake reveal, FF7 remake exclusivity, FF16 exclusivity, Forspoken exclusivity, COD modern warfare 2 exclusivity, spider-man 2 exclusivity, Wolverine exclusivity, KOTOR exclusivity, Hogwarts legacy content exclusivity...etc all of those IPs were multiplatforms that Sony paid to lock them to their platform and regulators already has more than enough evidence against Sony.
@BRUTALSAM And Lost Soul Aside, they're the publisher of it.
Sonys PR is just plan garbage. They buy all these extra studios up and seem to have less to show than they did before having them. Remember all the warm and fuzzy memories you have from the PS4 era? That will not be the case with the PS5s era. It will be remembered for its poor PR and wanting to slowly convert the PS community to a more MP focused mindset with live service games.
It's mind boggling how people don't see the absolute relationship between this silence and the Activision deal. Sony is genuinely worried about the potential disastrous long-term impact of MS holding the COD keys. And how could it not? COD represents a sizeable share of PlayStation's yearly revenue.
A quick read through any of the documents that consumer defense authorities have published will make it abundantly clear that a PS Showcase is simply incompatible with Sony's claims.
Sure, announcements will be made, but the form matters just as much as the content. This line of thought completely explains the way major pieces of news such as PSVR2's release date and Silent Hill 2's existence were made in a totally atypical fashion.
On the other hand though, we get to watch a rather good detective-mystery thriller unfolding in real life.
With all the twists and turns, minus the obligatory love making scenes which always get in the way of a good movie (as I say that, I'm blanking out my mind frantically as the image of Jim and Phil started to emerge).
It may not quite be the show we were after, but you still get to sit and watch while shoveling popcorn like a madman.
@Grumblevolcano The legacy content is part of it, sure, but there’s been a steady barrage of truly solid titles that are new to the Switch. I mean, sure, there’s Mario Party Superstars, but Super Mario Party had come out shortly before it, and was a high water mark for the series. It seems that Nintendo is ensuring that they continue with top shelf first party titles to compete with more powerful hardware and are admittedly winning that battle currently.
@somnambulance As a whole there's a lot of new games but I wouldn't exactly call the pacing steady, more alternating between slower and really fast. If you took away the legacy titles of 2021 you'd be left with this for Switch 1st party:
The combination of new titles, legacy titles and DLC/updates mean that instead of alternating between slower and really fast it's almost always really fast for Switch 1st party.
I don't mind at all. They gave players a big game to end the year on, which is uncommon for them (Especially one of their tentpole releases). Give me a game to play over a bunch of trailers & phony promises anyday! I hope this becomes a new, better tradition: big new release just before the holiday season😁
It's been hugely dissapointing to see sony not do a dedicated showpiece event covid is over there's no excuses to be completely MIA.
@carlos82 It is a fad though. It has a market cap of 5m which is a fraction of the playstation console sales.
It cannot hit mass market cause it literally causes sickness and neck pains and people with problems in one eye won't even be able to use it. Because of this the design of games has to be limited to experiences that don't "rock the boat" too much.
I see it as 3D and kinect were in the past. Just this fad that comes and goes and with the metaverse failing it's probably gonna go again.
I'm glad you enjoy it. But it is precisely because not everyone can that there is a problem.
If at least they made it lighter like a pair of glasses then i could see potential.
Currently, i see a waste of resources that could be used for some kickass first party games.
Well, it's good for porn though. So, there's that. 🤣
@thefourfoldroot1 I'm personally burned out from the superhero oversaturation myself, but from a gaming perspective, owning a PS5 & skipping Insomniac titles would be a big mistake. They've been on fire since launch. Not asking you to agree with me, but I'm just saying.
We’re all different. I played and enjoyed Spider-Man, got the plat, then had MM as my first PS5 game and didn’t get through 1hr. It was just exactly the same.
I really have no need for any more game announcements cant even keep up with the ones I already want on PS5
And only have 2 months left to save as much as possible for my PSVR2 pre-order.
Sony can just let the year end at this point.
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