While both Sony and Microsoft had a very solid first year of the PS5 and Xbox Series X/S respectively, the overall narrative is that Microsoft in particular killed it with a pair of ultra-high profile releases in the closing months, Forza Horizon 5 and Halo Infinite, both GOTY contenders.
Sony had its beloved titles too, namely Returnal and Ratchet and Clank, but 2022? That’s a whole different story.
The stars must align in a few different ways for all this to happen, but if it does, I think you could potentially view 2022 as one of the best in PlayStation history, if these games hit these release dates, and hit the level of quality we expect from them.
First, we have Horizon Forbidden West coming February 18, 2022.Then we have Forza competitor Gran Turismo 7 coming just a couple weeks later on March 4, 2022.Then, Sony has said that God of War Ragnarok, aka God of War 2, will be out in late 2022, probably aiming for a holiday release.Finally, there’s a new rumor from industry insider Tom Henderson which claims that Naughty Dog may be able to finish both the Last of Us remaster and The Last of Us 2: Factions multiplayer game before the end of 2022.
Sprinkle in some other console exclusives that could pan out (Sifu, Forspoken, Ghostwire: Tokyo), and if all that comes together, that would probably be the most impressive lineup I can remember any PlayStation console having, at least in terms of the potential caliber of releases in a single year.
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Horizon Forbidden West and Gran Turismo seem set in stone, given how close they are.If they did move, it wouldn’t be very far, and would still be in 2022, certainly.
God of War I have been skeptical about for ages.Not its quality, but its release date.You’ll remember that at one point, Sony tried to claim that Ragnarok would be out in 2021, which was impossible to believe, but to me, even 2022 seems like a stretch, given the scale of that game, and how frequently we see fall-to-spring delays for high profile holiday titles now.Though certainly, PlayStation will want something to compete with Xbox’s Starfield this coming holiday, as they had nothing to match Forza or Halo this past year (not that it affected console sales in this time of mass shortages, mind you).
As for The Last of Us? Naughty Dog has been super silent, heads down ever since the release of GOTY-winning The Last of Us Part 2, though we know yes, these are the two main projects they’re working on.
Given that we have seen literally nothing from Factions at all, it does seem like it’s possible that might not make it out this year.A TLOU remake, however, may be a bit more doable of a project.We still don’t know what Naughty Dog’s next huge Uncharted/Last of Us scale project is yet, but maybe we’ll at least get a glimpse of that this year.
Horizon, Gran Turismo, God of War and one or two Last of Us offerings would make for an absolutely blockbuster year for Sony.Cut one or two of those and it would still be extremely impressive.We’ll see where we shake out by next holiday, and I wouldn’t be shocked to see some delays, but we can dream all of this will arrive in 2022 for now.
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