Game News PS4 PS5: Sony’s latest important announcement for the future of the PlayStation (God of War, Horizon, etc.)
Over the past few days, Sony has announced a lot of things in a scattered way and you may have missed some of this information. That’s good, because JV writing offers you a big summary of everything you shouldn’t have missed recently on the PlayStation side.
- God of War Ragnarok: Release date soon?
- Two new service games are planned for this year
- God of War, Horizon and Gran Turismo: where cross-media is
- Coming back to Steam soon?
- Sales of digital games are ahead of the physical
- PlayStation VR 2: A solid line-up at launch?
- PlayStation games are a hit on the PC
- PC, mobile, VR, Cloud Gaming …: Sony’s new horizons
God of War Ragnarok: Release date soon?
The developers at Santa Monica Studios keep repeating this: yes, God of War: Ragnarok is still planned for this year, and a new hint seems to point in this direction. In effect, the next adventures of Kratos and Atreus were recently rated by the Korean video game rating system, the PEGI equivalent for us. Not surprisingly, the title was classified as violent, with excessive profanity in dialogues and drug possession. Generally, this stage occurs when the development of the game enters its final stage, so expect to have news about the title soon. Maybe in the next State of Play?
Two new service games are planned for this year
In a question and answer session with investors, Jim Ryan, president of Sony Interactive Entertainment, reiterated that the company still plans to roll out twelve game services in 2025. Specifically, three are planned for 2022, one of which is already available : MLB The Show 22. So, there are two others left that we don’t know about right now. However, some netizens believe it could be The Last of Us Part II multiplayer, which has long been rumored. More specifically, we can imagine a stand-alone take on the faction mode of the first The Last of Us, which will also be entitled to a remake on PS5 this year according to many rumors.
Also during the presentation of Sony’s results and the manufacturer’s strategy for the future, Jim Ryan took the opportunity to discuss adaptations to the films and series of PlayStation licenses. Among the projects we already know, on the series side, we have: The Last of Us published by HBO, God of War developed by Amazon Prime Video and Twisted Metal, with Anthony Mackie (the Falcon on MCU), which produced by NBC’s Peacock Streaming Service. For the films, we’ll see: Ghost of Tsushima, Jak and Daxter and a sequel to the feature film Uncharted. But now, the president of Sony Interactive Entertainment has announced that a series adapted from the Horizon universe is planned on Netflix as well as a show based on Gran Turismo that the broadcaster is unknown. Better yet, according to Deadlineit is not a series but a film directed by Neill Blomkamp, known for District 9 (2009), Elysium (2013) or even Chappie (2015).
Coming back to Steam soon?
After Days Gone, God of War (2018), Horizon: Zero Dawn – Complete Edition, Uncharted: Legacy of Thieves Collection or Death Stranding, another PlayStation exclusive is worthy of a Steam release. According to a listing on SteamDB, a game with many similarities to Returnal is planned for the PC. In fact, in the tags, we see terms like “third-person shooter”, “rogue-like”, “female protagonist”, “sci-fi”, “singleplayer”, “online coop”, but more than all words have a direct connection to the game. For example, “Tower of Sisyphus” refers to the content offered by the recent free update, “Helios” is Selene’s ship while “Atropos” is the name of the enemy alien planet that serves as the environment for the game. It only remains to wait for confirmation from Sony.
Sales of digital games are ahead of the physical
In the document reserved for investors, Sony announced that only 20% of revenue from video games sold on the PS4 and PS5 comes from the physical sector, with the other 80% coming from the digital domain.. Among the reasons that can explain this trend, the change in consumption patterns due to network infrastructures and the ease of use of a digital game are outstanding. Then, the advent of free-to-play, the various PlayStation Store sales and of course the various confinements were also elements that speeded things up.
PlayStation VR 2: A solid line-up at launch?
During Sony Corporation’s 2022 Business Segment Briefings 2022, Sony Interactive Entertainment CEO Jim Ryan confirmed that the PlayStation VR 2 will expect more than twenty games when it launches. To be more precise, these are both first-party titles, i.e., PlayStation studios, and third-parties, from third-party publishers therefore. So far, not much is known about these games, other than Horizon: Call of the Mountain or a new project from the developers of Jurassic World Aftermath. Here for the release date of the product which is still unknown.
PlayStation games have hit the PC
Also during the presentation of its results, Sony announced sales figures for its PC game ports. This time, we found out that Horizon: Zero Dawn – Complete Edition has sold 2.4 million copies on the PC, generating $ 60 million in revenue, making it Sony’s best -selling game on the pc. For Days Gone, the title distributed more than 852,000 copies sold, still in March 2022, generating $ 22.7 million in revenue. But of course the game that made the best start on the PC was clearly God of War (2018) which had already sold 971,000 copies sold in March, valued at 26.2 million dollars, while the port was released in January. For all these reasons, Sony expects to reach $ 300 million in net PC sales in the current financial year.
PC, mobile, VR, Cloud Gaming …: Sony’s new horizons
To complete the overview of Sony’s announcements, let’s talk about the manufacturer’s future prospects. Also in a document reserved for investors, we read that the management of the group is as follows: A shift from the current console-centric PlayStation approach to a future where talented elements of our community expand beyond consoles. On the aforementioned platforms, we can see the PC, the mobile, the virtual reality, the cloud gaming or the metaverse. It’s largely mobile that seems privileged as Sony intends to offer almost 20% of its first-party games on this platform by 2025. In part, the PC will also grow as 30% of its titles will go here platform. destination of this medium.