The final E3 2019 prediction post is here, and this one is going to be a bit…well, awkward. I won’t lie, I almost didn’t bother making a post for Sony since they shockingly confirmed earlier this year that they weren’t going to be at E3. It’s going to feel a bit different this year, that’s for sure.
Why are they skipping E3? We don’t know for sure but my guess is that the company doesn’t have much to show at the moment. Most of the games they showed off last year are still being worked on so their presentation would largely be the same as it was last year.
I’m also under the impression that the company got more flak than they expected for last year’s presentation. It was a bit stilted, there was like a 20-30 minute break after the first segment, and it lacked a lot of exciting announcements fans had come to expect. With this generation quickly coming to an end, the same games still in development, and Sony not quite ready to fully reveal the PS5 yet, you can kind of see why E3 lost its appeal this year.
So even though Sony won’t be there this year, I still figured it’s worth putting together a couple of predictions and a wish list for what I hope to see for the rest of this year. THis list was kinda difficult to put together
Without further adieu, here’s my Sony predictions for 2019.
Death Stranding is coming to the PS4…and PS5
Interestingly enough, Sony decided to provide a pretty big update on Death Stranding earlier this week. We got a lengthy and informative trailer, story elements, multiple editions of the game, and most importantly, a release date. As expected, it’s a PS4 game.
However, my guess is that this won’t be the last time we see this game. Would anyone be surprised to see it packaged and ported as a release title for the PS5? We’re close enough to the next generation at this point that it’s easy to assume that most first party studios would be considering cross-generation functionality for their upcoming games.
My guess is that this will be the case for other games like The Ghost of Tsushima and The Last of Us 2 as well.
The First Party Arms Race
News has recently come out indicating that Sony is looking to purchase more studios to bolster its already ridiculous lineup of first party offerings. Clearly, this is in response to what Microsoft has been doing over the past year, announcing acquisitions at E3 like Ninja Theory, Playground Games, and more. Word is Microsoft will have a few more purchases to announce at E3 this year.
So clearly, Sony is looking to respond to this threat, especially with both companies preparing to kick off a new generation of hardware and a new race to the top of the sales pile. Exclusives tend to get the attention of fans and either way, it sounds like there will be plenty of new ones to pick from going forward.
Personally, I’m expecting news from Guerrilla Games this year. We know that Horizon: Zero Dawn 2 is a thing, but I’m also hearing they’re working on an online shooter of some sort. Could this be a new entry in the Killzone franchise? Either way, I’m expecting both to be PS5 exclusives, or cross-generation depending on when they released. Sony has come out to confirm that they plan on a few more years of PS4 support so you never know.
The Future Is Here
This year, Sony has begun teasing the PS5 by discussing hardware specs. We know it’s likely coming next year which means the window to fully unveil this thing is slowly closing. My guess? We’ll get all the details later this year, likely in the fall or perhaps at Gamescom or Tokyo Game Show. Since Sony is a Japanese company, I wouldn’t be surprised to see TGS as the place of the reveal.
Still, this timeline could changed based on what Microsoft does with their console reveal. I’m fully expecting something at E3 2019 from Microsoft, so would Sony try to undercut their hype train by making their own announcement? Maybe. These companies can be petty, we know this. I’m sure Sony has some announcement planned for E3 week to try and steal some of Microsoft’s thunder.
Similar to what Sony did for Death Stranding and (to a smaller extent) what Nintendo does, I’m expecting to see dedicated announcements and lengthy reveals for Ghost of Tsushima and The Last of Us II. Okay, this one wasn’t very exciting and it’s pretty much a given but I feel like it was still worth stating.
Super Sony Smash Bros – So I was driving the other day and “Finale by Madeon” came on. This got me thinking back to PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale, Sony’s take on Smash Bros. Sure, the game’s name was pretty generic, but the gameplay definitely had potential. I’d love to see Sony take another shot at this franchise, refine it a bit more, and perhaps rebrand the franchise to something that doesn’t sound so generic. Smash clones are all over the place these days, and while none of them can actually hold a candle to Nintendo’s flagship franchise, I feel like Sony has a great shot considering all of the amazing characters they have access to. It’s been like 7 years, let’s reboot this thing on the PS5.
Becoming Infamous – I know Sucker Punch is all hands on deck with Ghost of Tsushima, but I really hope we see the return of InFamous. That’s a series I absolutely love, though I don’t expect to hear or see anything about a new game anytime soon. Especially when you consider how long it took Sucker Punch to announce Ghost of Tsushima. They seem to be a studio that takes their time on projects, which is perfectly fine because the end product is typically worth the wait.
Those are my picks, but what are yours? Let me know what you’re hoping to see from third party studios and games in the comments below.