Weekend Hot Topic, part 1: Next gen game predictions

Weekend Hot Topic, part 1: Next gen game predictions

GameCentral readers try to guess what will be the launch titles for the PlayStation 5 and Project Scarlett, from God Of War 2 to Fable IV.

The subject for this weekend’s Inbox was suggested by reader Tully, who asked if you were in charge of Sony or Microsoft what game or games would you ensure were available on the new consoles from day one?

Many people wanted to see brand new franchises over anything else, but most agreed that Microsoft would lead with Halo and Fable IV and Sony would probably start with Horizon Zero Dawn 2.


New and old

For the PlayStation 5 I think a new Horizon Zero Dawn game would make a lot of sense, as by the end of 2020 it will have been a few years since it was released and as it’s loved by a lot of people, it would convince them to pick up a PS5 day one. Plus, it would undoubtedly be a great showcase of the console’s improved power and graphics. I also think Sony need to have their own first person shooter exclusive at launch, with either a new IP or by bringing back the Resistance franchise after the criminally underrated Resistance 3. The first person shooter multiplayer landscape is well catered for, so I would suggest they make it a story-led game.

For Xbox they need to bring in new fans with a new IP or two as people who like Halo, Gears, and Forza will likely have bought an Xbox One and will be shoe-ins to buy the next Xbox too, but they might be willing to wait until it’s cheaper to play those franchises. That’s why Xbox needs at least one really good new IP to get all gamers on board.
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Multiplayer balance

My answer for this sort of question would always be something brand new. The lack of new IP this generation has been it’s biggest fallen. Although Sony has certainly been one of the better ones at that so I’m hopeful we’ll have at least one or two new faces for the launch of the PlayStation 5.

As much as I prefer single-player games I have to say it’s probably inevitable we’ll see something multiplayer next gen to balance things out. I’m always surprised they never following up MAG, as that was doing 100-player shooters long before battle royale ever came around. Although I see no need to bring the name back as the game was very bland beyond the technical achievement.

Whatever they do I hope it’s something imaginative and not just a serious military shooter. I’ve enjoyed this gen not taking itself quite so seriously, with games like Overwatch and Fortnite, and I hope Call Of Duty: Modern Warfare doesn’t drag us back down in the other direction.


Open secret

I don’t really know why Microsoft didn’t give some hint as to what they’re working on next gen at E3, especially as everyone already knows they’re doing Fable. I don’t know if that’s going to be a launch title but Halo Infinite obviously is and… I’m still not sure I’ve really been given a reason to care.

Who knows what else they’re working on although Bleeding Edge and the kinds of companies they’ve bought so far suggests it’s primarily going to still be multiplayer games. There is signs they’re trying to broaden their horizons a bit though as Obsidian are presumably only ever going to do role-playing games and Double Fine usually only dabble in multiplayer at best.

Neither of those are exactly big sellers though so I think in the short term Microsoft are going to go with the familiar Halo and Fable.


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Killer apps

This strikes me as one of those questions that’s going to have dozens of really sensible and well thought out answers and then we see what the companies actually do it’s going to seem like the gamers knew much better than them.

I’m sure I’m being unfair though as I imagine getting a new game, let alone a bunch of them, ready for a new console on a specific date is really hard. There’s always one or two killer app wannabes though and it is hard to guess what they might be next gen for Sony.

For Microsoft it’s easy, they’re obviously betting on Halo again, but Sony has got so many options I think it’s just a case of what’s ready first. I’d assume that’s probably Horizon Zero Dawn, as the first one was a while ago now but it really could be anything. New IP is likely too but I don’t know whether they’d feel the need to bring back an old franchise, although I’d much prefer Sony Bend has made a new Syphon Filter than the boring Days Gone.


The Sony formula

I can tell you what I don’t want to see as a launch title and that’s Knack 3. I still can’t believe that game was real. It looked like some kind of joke that was going to turn into something else but never did. Hard to believe it’s by the guy that invented Crash Bandicoot and the PlayStation 4 itself!

It was at least new though and that’s something I appreciate. Sony has always been very good at new franchises though and I expect to see more next year. As to what they’ll be is hard to predict though. Multiplayer games is the obvious answer but I would’ve said that was obvious at least halfway through this gen and instead they come out with cookie cutter stuff like Days Gone.

That sold really well though, despite lukewarm reviews, so from a logical point of view you’d assume there’ll be more, if not sequels than other games using some variant of the Sony formula. I’d also like if they found some way to create an equivalent to Super Smash Bros. Maybe not a direct clone like last time but just something you can throw a whole bunch of completely unconnected into and still make a good game – some kind of Kingdom Hearts style action role-player perhaps.
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Same again

As many people are starting to fear I think we’re going to see a lot of remakes at the start of the next generation, especially from Sony. If they don’t have some sort of cross-buy policy going on though I do think it backfire on them because to do it once, this gen, was fine but if they’re going to pad things out with games that only came out a year or so ago that’s going to upset a lot of people.

At least the Switch had the excuse that a lot of people hadn’t played the Wii U games but somehow I don’t see The Last Of Us Part II and Death Stranding as being all that obscure.


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Trilogy of War

There’s plenty of obvious places Sony can go for the next gent but what I’m most interested in seeing is where they’ll go with God Of War. They’re obviously setting it up for a new trilogy but that means (like Fina Fantasy VII Remake) only the first part is going to be on the current gen. I’d therefore guess that a remaster of God Of War will be a launch title for PlayStation 5 and that it’ll end with some kind of extended teaser about the second game.

I think Sony were surprised at how well God Of War did but it’s now their biggest IP (they obviously don’t own Spider-Man) and I think Kratos is going to be front and centre for the new console, they won’t want to just wait another couple of years for the sequel to be ready.

I also think they’ll want to expand in terms of multiplayer games. I am surprised that they didn’t really produce a single one this gen and while that’s obviously worked out for them I doubt they’ll want to leave things quite that off kilter again.

Not sure what they’d want to bring back though. I don’t think anyone wants to see the return of Killzone, even if Guerrilla Games had the time, and rebooting Warhawk never seemed to work. SOCOM might be an option though. If modern day military shooters are going to be a thing again then that was always a fairly popular one. Although I’d rather they did something new and more imaginative.
Terry Gold


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