How do you predict unforeseeable things? For everybody on the planet, 2020 was the most bizarre year imaginable – and now that we look ahead to 2021, it’s almost hard to imagine what the future holds.
The show always has to go on, and our annual PlayStation predictions are part of the tradition for the New Year here at home. This is what we’re expecting for the next 12 months.
Editor, Sammy Barker
E3 has stopped. Who knows what next summer the planet will look like? I don’t, so much of it is certain. Nevertheless, even though it’s safe to hold meetings in June – I don’t think that’s going to be the case – I think E3 is over. You may remember that several businesses pulled out of E3 2020 before the coronavirus pandemic finally pulled the plug. I claimed at the time that maybe it was a blessing in disguise. But now I think the show is over for good: this year, publishers showed that they’re better off announcing games on their own terms, and there’s just no real reason for the event anymore. Ultimately, COVID-19 will decide whether there will be a show in 2021, but I assume this annual industry event has had its day.
Starfield will be available at full price for the PS5 one month after the Xbox.
The thing is, Microsoft has still not formally purchased Bethesda at the time of writing, and I don’t think Starfield will be launched until 2021. Both Fallout 4 and Fallout 76 were not officially unveiled by the company until around six months before release, so that’s almost complete, I suppose.
And there were also reports that Sony was trying to secure it as a limited-time exclusive title until a few months ago, the company would have expected to release it on the PS5 – so I suspect a lot of the work has already been completed.
Outcome? About a month later, with little marketing support, the game will still be published on the PS5, and you’ll apparently have to pay the full price for it instead of having it as part of a subscription. Better than none?
For Uncharted, it is a big year. Yeah, you think that Sony is through with Uncharted? You’re off base far down.
Uncharted is one of the most successful intellectual properties of PlayStation, and it’s not that every year there’s a new title – the last installment released in 2017, which in this industry is a lifetime.
For both the PS5 and PS4, a new Uncharted game would probably be released this year, and I really wouldn’t be shocked if it came out in time for the holidays. I expect its marketing to be closely linked to the Uncharted film, which on Rotten Tomatoes will have a sub-50 percent rating but will be reasonably well received by fans. Speaking of the film, do not be surprised if, to coincide with its release, it is available for rent exclusively on the PS Store.
Deputy Editor Robert Ramsey
Final Fantasy VII Remake gets an extended PS5 re-release (and other platforms). I’m not sure what it’s really going to contain, but I assume that in 2021, Final Fantasy VII Remake will get some kind of extended re-release on PS5. Perhaps there’s going to be a segment where you’re playing as a Sephiroth or something – a real favorite fan. After the release of Remake in April, I feel like Square Enix has been suspiciously quiet. The team has clearly concentrated on the sequel since then, but I can’t imagine leaving Remake alone – not when the publisher can benefit from other platforms.
Final Fantasy XVI gets a release date of November 2021, then gets moved into 2022. Not to be a killjoy, but Square Enix will probably sell us a release date of Final Fantasy XVI that ends up being way too early. While reports say that for at least four years, the game has been in some sort of development, I believe it’s still a while away. But that won’t stop the publisher from showing us trailers and gameplay well into the summer before telling us all that it will be released in November 2021.
A few months later, it’ll be pushed back to Spring 2022, and we’ll all be shaking our heads in unison. I can’t wait to see more of the game, though.
We’ll see Kratos riding a giant wolf in God of War Ragnarok. Here’s my super specific prediction that will make me look like a prophet if I’m right.
Although I’m not convinced that it’s actually going to happen.