Sony is all set to end 2022 without a press conference. Before we elaborate, it’s important to clarify what we mean here: we’re excluding short livestreams such as State of play or major events attended by the platform holder, eg Gamescom Opening Night Live or Summer sports festival. We are specifically referring to tentpole briefings like last year PS Showcase or historical E3 Livestream
Although the manufacturer has told us about its output through various short-form events such as the aforementioned State of Plays, it has generally kept its cards close to its chest. In fact, now that God of War Ragnarok has been released, the platform is holding zero Outside of upcoming PS5 or PS4 exclusives, a release date is attached 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 untitled Last of Us multiplayer game at Naughty Dog, but outside of that the firm is missing a few publicly announced projects. have done
We can infer a lot from rumours. For example, we know that maybe Guerrilla Games has a remake of Horizon Zero Dawn on the way, as well as some sort of multiplayer spin-off; Firesprite reportedly has a number of titles in development, including a Twisted Metal reboot – and it’s probably safe to assume that Skar Punch is now knee-deep in development of Ghost of Tsushima’s successor. So, the manufacturer is not twiddling its thumbs, but it has been a quiet year on the announcements front.
In fact, you only need to look at the way the firm has revealed big news this year. PSVR2, for example, was with date and price ten New titles in a random October afternoon PS blog the post; It’s the kind of thing, historically, you’d expect a producer to make a big song and dance about. Perhaps it feels that, regardless of the approach taken, the news will still reach its intended audience; In a sense, it’s true, most of us have already placed our pre-orders for Sony’s next-gen headset, and we didn’t exactly need a livestream to do it. But it all feels a bit counterintuitive.
We think Sony has been hit hard by the stock shortage. 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 Sony executives saw little value in building hype around a product that people couldn’t easily buy, and thus held back as a result. With availability expected to increase massively in 2023, that means next year can do Be a big one for the PS5 and PS4 announcements.
But we would argue that it needs to happen regardless. Obviously, we’re pretty satisfied with the PlayStation’s output this year – with heavy hitters like Gran Turismo 7 and God of War Ragnarok, there’s plenty to play for – but with little beyond PSVR2 on the horizon, in the future. A presentation of what will happen. Appreciated and needed.
Perhaps there’s still time for some sort of PS showcase before the curtain closes on 2022 – it’s still not quite December, after all. But personally we cannot see it. And that means this year will go down in history: to our knowledge, this is the first time since the launch of the brand that the organization has not hosted any major briefings.
What are your thoughts on the lack of a major PlayStation showcase in 2022? Are you surprised, or do you think it’s a sign of the times? Are you expecting bigger, more meaningful announcements next year? Let us know in the comments section below.
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