It’s the summer of video games, the season of conferences, and you see, Sony, through its PlayStation brand, needs to show us things! This year, more than ever, the Japanese giant has a toy, and we’ll see it in the video. Let’s go!
- The 2022 imperatives
- New services
- The little indie touch
- Star projects
- The main lines of the future
The following text is a transcript of the video above
The 2022 imperatives
Let’s start with what needs to mark the spirits this summer: the blockbusters of 2022. Here we’ll talk about two games: God of War: Ragnarok and Forsaken. The first is the sequel to God of War (2018) of 2018, an incredibly reimagined version of the beat ‘em all that made the PlayStation 2 a success. After 13 years of racing, the franchise returns in 2018, with unparalleled expertise on the subject. Revised gameplay, full sequence shots, new cast and new atmosphere. Kratos, after destroying the entirety of Olympus, attacks the Nordic gods. His son, Atreus, allows for some twists in the gameplay with an intense emphasis on the humanity of our favorite god of war. This sequel, which came more than 4 years after the first opus, will be released on PS4 and PS5. But we need some clarification. Will the PS5 version be able to free itself from the most accurate, but seen, rendering of the PS4 version? Will the gigantism of encounters, with conquering bosses, return for this version? As it must be admitted, there was a lack of epic opponents in the 2018 game. The God of Ragnarok is also logically the end of a narrative arc, and if we follow the mythology story, it involves a lot of grand battle. Suffice it to say that the teams are under more pressure than ever before. We hope not to fail and regain control of the 2018 game, in a more legendary setting.
Another communication requirement for Sony, Left, developed by Square Enix. After a fairly large postponement, the game, scheduled for May 24, will finally be released on October 11. The game has a small gap in popularity that needs to be filled, and it’s a project not to be missed for to the Japanese publisher and for the manufacturer Sony. In fact, the title is an exclusive PS5 and will therefore help to sell the machine by the end of the year, due to its aesthetics and proposal. But it is certainly at these points, technically and artistically, that the game was relatively weak in tests in December 2021. Therefore, Square Enix needs to show us its excellence in the Luminous Engine, and let us admire when using it. Fluidity and spectacle, in a world where we expect more people and variety than we’ve seen so far: this is the bet Forspoken should make. This summer season will be an opportunity to highlight the teams ’progress, and prepare more calmly for the release scheduled for the end of the year.
Second point where PlayStation and Sony need to talk this summer: major changes in terms of services. As you’ve probably seen, PlayStation’s flagship service, PlayStation Plus, will change this summer to offer more features. 3 formulas are coming up, the main one, which doesn’t change anything compared to the current formula. The Extra formula includes the PS4 and PS5 on-demand game catalog, and the Premium formula that adds, in addition to cloud gaming, enhanced retro games, and a 2 hour trial formula to most major games . For Sony, this change is nothing, and we need to make it known to the general public. Commissioning in Europe is scheduled for the end of June, so you can also take advantage of the summer of video games to assert, convince the last reluctant, and let the curious. As you know, Sony is also a big player in entertainment, outside of video games, and we won’t deny some teasers about the possible mix of services.
Put a hint of Crunchyroll for anime lovers, eSport plus EVO, which is owned by Sony, or even the catalog of movies and music. In other words, a global offer, combined with gaming subscriptions. And it’s not fantasy, it’s been a reality since last year Sony tested the PlayStation Plus Video Pass in Poland, which allowed access to Sony Pictures ’cinema catalog. A first test we want to have feedback. The service and the catalog war is a very important area for the PlayStation, and seeing the Japanese giant put the spotlight on this part of its strategy is eagerly awaited for an upcoming speech.
The little indie touch
Enough about blockbusters, let’s get to indie games. At Sony, we have two waiting news. The first is Chia, a game from New Caledonia, inspired by the places and legends that forged this little -known and relatively rare territory into video games. It’s colorful, it makes you travel, and we’ll follow a girl, a confirmed adventurer. It can move, climb, glide, climb on the tops of trees to use them as a support point. It looks so free and, undeniably, we can take possession of the animals and things around us! Make a small glide with the controls of a parakeet, fly over an enemy camp, pick up a lantern, send it with explosives and flutter around the show! We’re just waiting for the release date, so far set in some faint 2023.
The other highly anticipated indie game from Sony is Season. An incredibly art-directed game, every moment of the trailer is a real tableau, including moments of gameplay with walking and cycling. We don’t yet know what the final game will look like, but the good point is that after the internal turmoil experienced last year by the Scavenger studio, the team seems to be actively working on the game and often communicates on its dedicated blog . . We learned more about the design level and the stunning compositions of the sets presented. Now that we’re under the spell, it’s time to show us a little more on the gameplay side, and what’s better than the traditional summer season to enjoy it?
Holding a conference also makes an impression, and on this side, it’s pretty easy to identify two Sony games that, just by their presence, will give the event a global aura. This is Final Fantasy XVIand KOTOR Remake.
FFXIV is the most compelling Final Fantasy in a long time, for the simple and good reason that it is one of the few, in nearly 20 years, whose development is going according to plan. This success is due to the team of Naoki Yoshida, the strong man of Square Enix, who for 10 years has made the company’s FFXIV machine. While at base, the game is a real failure, we refer you to our dedicated video if you like the full story, it’s an exciting excerpt from the life of Square Enix. This guy and his teams are now managing the next encrypted FF, the 16th, and after a revelation in 2020, we have nothing new. This is the team’s request, we remind you, Yoshida wants to show the game at the end of production to raise the hype, and above all to avoid failures along the way due to broken promises. It must be said that FFXV is already there, and therefore it is important to examine the production method from top to bottom. On the environmental side, we are in medieval fantasy, with the magic of siblings embracing all opposing and gigantic brightly lit creatures. On the battle side, the Devil May Cry battle designer is in charge, and it can be seen in a few seconds of confrontation, in real time and very vertical, which we’ll see in the very first trailer. The lights are green, the only thing left is to show it all in detail with a release period.
Another big hit com ’awaits is the KOTOR Remake, the revived version of the Star Wars game Knight of the Old Republic. Released in 2003 on Xbox and PC, the game is considered THE best Star Wars game released to date, so I can also tell you that its return as a temporary exclusive to Sony, which has been rehabilitated, was a surprise . However, when it was announced, I had serious doubts about the result, for several reasons: because an old turn-based RPG like KOTOR needs a big facelift to be noticeable now. Then, since the studio is back, the one in charge of this huge development is the Aspyr studio. If he doesn’t tell you anything, that’s normal. It is a company with nearly 140 employees, making console and PC ports for over 20 years. Problem, the ports in question are not always of quality. Seeing them rebuild a monument like KOTOR, from A to Z, with very few people was a risky exercise, but fortunately, we found out in mid-May that the Saber Interactive team was backing up the project. .
The main lines of the future
Come on, we’re nearing the end of our expectations, and logically, Sony could return a small coin to its partnership with Marvel, by showing pictures of Marvel’s Spider-Man 2scheduled for 2023 as an exclusive PS5, and its Wolverine is Marvel, 2023 also on PS5. Why wait for these games? Like Forspoken, it’s a new-gen, PS5 exclusive, and unlike KOTOR Remake, it’s an in-house development. Therefore, Sony must prove its prowess in the mysteries of its new machine, and who is better than Insomniac Games to remove our retinas with its technical knowledge.
Let’s end the surprises. Personally, aside from Death Stranding 2, that was just formalized in Norman Reedus ’interview. Metal Gear Solid Remake, which we’ve been talking about for a few months and months, is also welcome. We also have the return of Silent Hill, mentioned in recent weeks, which could take advantage of the summer of video games to show itself, and we know how Konami’s licenses have become affiliated with the PlayStation brand. The conference is the perfect venue to formalize the return of these two licenses. It’s on Capcom’s side, which often takes advantage of PlayStation conferences to showcase its new Resident Evil, and may reveal Resident Evil 9 this summer on this occasion.