2022 is now done and dusted, it’s time to look to the future. One thing we do know right now is that there is a stacked release schedule of PS5 and PS4 games in 2023, but of course, we can never be entirely sure what will happen. As is the tradition here push square, it’s time for the editorial team to make some predictions about what the next 12 months hold. We can be as outlandish as we want, but frankly, brownie points are on the line for any prediction to come true. With those incredibly high stakes set, let’s get on with it!
Sammy Barker, editor
I believe 2023 will be PS5’s biggest year in terms of hardware sales by a comfortable margin.. While this is somewhat of a safe prediction – and ultimately borne out by forecasts from the firm itself – I think the company has been stung by circumstances beyond its control, which have reduced the number of units it can ship. The number is limited, and it will be prompted to answer. I think we’ll see the rumored hardware revision of the system readily available by September, and I think Sony will make an all-out attack to try and control this generation before Microsoft’s deep pockets. In, going completely swamped in retail with units throughout the year. Doing no real harm to its market leading position. I wouldn’t be surprised if the Japanese giant shipped and sold over 25 million PS5 consoles this year.
Since I am undoubtedly excited for the hardware, I think PSVR2 will have a rough first year. It’s important that I make my prediction clear here: I think that in terms of critical acclaim, the headset will be universally appreciated – and subsequently it’s going to develop a cult following whenever and wherever. Will appreciate the device wherever possible. But given the economic climate, I predict there will be a lot of hand-wringing from the ever-skeptical games media, eager to write it off as a flop. I don’t expect more than two million units to be sold in the first year, and the mood will be gloomy by Christmas. However, I think Sony will have a stable software schedule until 2023, and some big games announced for 2024 as well.
Improvements will be made to PS Plus Premium. Despite taking forever to roll out the new PS Plus tiers, I think Sony misjudged the market for a premium option. In the platform holder’s mind, the selling point for its flagship subscription is cloud streaming; For consumers, this is the promise of retro games. I actually think that is going to meet the manufacturer’s expectations and get its act together in 2023; It will probably be a slow burn, so don’t expect much improvement in the early parts of the year, but I think by the end of the year it will be quietly outselling a competent selection of PS1 and PSP games. , all available as part of its most expensive membership option.
Robert Ramsey, Deputy Editor
Capcom will announce a new Monster Hunter game for the PS5. Capcom’s mad dash will continue into 2023, and it will hat Things will wrap up later in the year with the announcement of a brand new Monster Hunter title — probably World 2 . Now, obviously, Monster Hunter Rise will be released on PS5 and PS4 by now, but I’d be surprised if the 2018 sequel hasn’t been in development for at least two years. It’s happening, and I’ll bet it’s happening a lot sooner than people think.
Sony will host a massive PS5 showcase halfway through the year, essentially relaunching the console. This has been a long time coming. Sony went the whole of 2022 without a ‘proper’ showcase, but I think we’ll get one in 2023 – and this one will be big The deal With PS5 stock rising over the next 12 months and a bunch of high-profile games being released, I can see Sony finally putting its full weight behind the current-gen console, where it almost feels like a relaunch. is This new commitment could also be linked to the release of a new model – something that has been rumored for months now.
Persona 6 will be announced, but not revealed. In a classic Atlus move, I can see Persona 6 being officially announced in 2023 – but we won’t actually see it until 2024. sounded As the developer had big plans for the series’ 25th anniversary last year, but, as Atlus originally admitted, things just didn’t work out. I’m not sure if Persona 6 was going to be part of the celebrations, but I think the time is right to make the next Persona official. Bonus prediction: Persona 6 will use green as its primary color. Or maybe purple — I can’t quite decide.
Stephen Telby, Associate Editor
Sony’s rumored live-action reboot of Twisted Metal has been officially announced, and it will launch closer to its TV adaptation.. I think the stars will align pretty well here. We know that the live action series has been picked up by Peacock, and we know that the show is currently firmly in post-production, after wrapping up filming last summer. On the upside, it’s heavily rumored that Sony’s studio FirePrite is spearheading the development of a new game in the franchise, with an emphasis on multiplayer and a live service. Assuming nothing goes wrong, the two projects could well be poised for a semi-joint arrival at the end of the year.
The Microsoft / Activision Blizzard saga will continue for another year. We’ve all been bored to tears about this topic at Push Square, but it ain’t over ’til it’s over. This big deal was never going to be an easy win for Microsoft. Between Sony throwing its toys out of the pram, regulators struggling to keep up, and the FTC taking this matter to court, I think we’ll be hearing about this throughout 2023. It’s so bogged down in red tape. The point that I can’t see it settling down anytime soon. Enjoy many more articles trying to make sense of this madness.
Marvel’s Spider-Man 2 will feature a GTA 5-esque character swap between Peter, Miles and Venom.. Peter Parker and Miles Morales both had their own character-defining adventures, complete with perfectly fished-out movesets. It would be a little weird to take all that work out and focus on just one of them, right? And let’s face it, poison won’t original bad man She will be an opposing force, but a major threat that ties the anti-hero to our pair of Spies. So, I have a feeling that not only will you be able to play as Peter and Miles as each other, but Insomniac will go a step further and make Venom playable as well. And hot-swapping from GTA 5 means you can choose your flavor of web-slinger whenever you want.
Liam Croft, Assistant Editor
Sony has a quiet 2023 in terms of game releases. While I expect the hardware maker to have a slate of new PS5s to share throughout the year, I don’t think you’ll actually be playing any of them in the next 12 months. Outside of Horizon Call of the Mountain and Marvel’s Spider-Man 2, I think Sony probably has one more big PS5 title. Compared to previous years, this is really a bit naff. Speaking purely from a PlayStation Studios perspective — because I know things like Final Fantasy XVI and Stellar Blade are special — I don’t think there’s much to get excited about in 2023.
The Last of Us multiplayer is not released this year. I think the reason 2023 is quiet for Sony is because The Last of Us Multiplayer isn’t coming out until 2024. With Naughty Dog yet to tease news later this year and meanwhile sticking with the concept of Art Drops, the I Can Online project is being slated for a 2023 launch. It’ll be awesome whenever it comes, I’m sure, but if you’re hoping for it this year maybe cool your hopes.
Resident Evil 4 won Push Square Game of the Year for 2023. This happened with Resident Evil 2 in 2019, and it happened again with Resident Evil Village in 2021. So, it’s just tradition at this point: a Resident Evil game wins our Game of the Year award every two years. It also helps that Resident Evil 4 already looks fantastic, faithfully remaking the PS2 classic while expanding on many of its cool aspects and mechanics. I think that’s enough for Resident Evil 4 to take our top prize later this year.
Aaron Benn, video producer
Sony will announce the return of a beloved series. OK, admittedly, I have no real idea what it could be, or what it should be, but Sony has a lot of cult-favorite features that didn’t get their fair share of love in the PS5 era. is Series such as The Resistance, Jack and Dexter, Killzone, and Infamous to name a few. With most new-age series on their second entries, it’s a good time to reintroduce some classics for modern audiences.
The Last of Us factions will be Sony’s most exciting project in 2023. Yes sure, when people talk about their most anticipated, everyone is going to point to Marvel’s Spider-Man 2. But let’s be real, while it will undoubtedly be amazing, I really don’t think it will surprise us too much. The Last of Us Factions, on the other hand, is full of potential, especially as one of Sony’s biggest efforts at a multiplayer-only title. Will it be a battle royale? Will it be open world? How hard will Naughty Dog Live serve? There’s a lot we don’t know, but if it manages to bring the incredible gameplay of The Last of Us: Part II to a multiplayer setting, the possibilities are endless.
Developers are going to make full use of the PS5 as they leave the PS4. There are only a few games that truly feel “next-gen” on PS5, and that’s because most of the games released between 2020 and now were developed for both PS4 and 5. However, 2023 is going to be the year we start. Check out more games that really push the PS5 to the limit as we skip cross-gen releases. As we begin to see games made exclusively for the current-gen, we’re hopefully entering a golden age of the PS5, similar to the PS4, where each game aims to show us that the console What is actually capable.
So, we think this could happen during 2023. We’ll have to wait and see who has the most accurate foresight, but in the meantime, what do you predict 2023 will bring us? Give your opinion in the comment section below.
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