January 26, 2023

PlayStation had a fantastic mix of critical success, big sellers and indie darlings to celebrate in 2022, thanks to the releases of God of War Ragnarok, Horizon Forbidden West and Stray. That pattern will continue over the next 12 months as Sony tries to add to its growing library of great games. With much to get excited about on the horizon, as well as an imminent next step in virtual reality, PlayStation looks poised for a busy 2023.

Games of all shapes and sizes

Horizon Forbidden West was one of the biggest PlayStation hits of 2022 and it’s back for more in 2023. The Burning Shores DLC arrives April 19, taking Aloy to the flooded, volcanic ruins of Los Angeles. If Zero Dawn’s expansion, The Frozen Wilds, is anything to go by, we’re in for a sizeable and action-packed addition to the Horizon story.

Launching on January 24th, Forspoken is a PS5 console exclusive and Square Enix’s action-RPG is a modern take on the classic Alice in Wonderland story, as New Yorker Frey finds herself in a fantastical world filled with magic, dragons and dragons. and demons.

Nearly six years after the last main game, Final Fantasy XVI launches on June 22 exclusively for PS5. It’s a return to the series’ high fantasy roots, but that doesn’t mean the return of turn-based combat, as fast-paced action takes center stage with Devil May Cry 5 and Dragon’s Dogma’s Ryota Suzuki pulling the strings as Combat Director .

Final Fantasy XVI will be released exclusively on PS5 on June 22.

Speaking of top-level combat, it doesn’t get much more satisfying than Insomniac’s Spidey games. Marvel’s Spider-Man 2 is a PlayStation 5 exclusive coming to our screens in 2023. With rumors suggesting that both Peter Parker and Miles Morales will be playable, plus the introduction of Venom, it all points in a very exciting direction with the studio setting a late 2023 release window.

Marvel and Insomniac are also teaming up for Wolverine, but we’re not convinced it’s coming out in 2023. So far we’ve only seen a 50 second teaser, but you never know…

Bloober Team’s Silent Hill 2 remake is a PS5 exclusive that’s been 21 years in the making. While no release date has been announced, rumors of this Unreal 5-driven thriller have been circulating for years now, and coupled with the lengthy trailer released earlier this year, we’re confident we’ll be returning to Silent Hill in 2023 .

And while Hideo Kojima won’t be returning to Silent Hill any time soon, he’s back with Death Stranding 2, which was recently announced at The Game Awards. Who knows when we’ll get to play this, but we’re pretty sure it’s going to be weird, beautiful, and unlike anything else.

Another PS5 exclusive we do know about is the Korean acrobatic action game Stellar Blade, formerly known as Project Eve. With a view to a 2023 release and with some Nier vibes going on, this is one we’ll definitely keep on our radar.

There are also dozens of indies to look out for.

Of course, there are also dozens of indies to look forward to as Sony continues its mission to showcase games of all genres and developers. There are too many to list, but highlights include the tropical open world of Tchia, the Goodbye Volcano High narrative adventure, and Season: A Letter to the Future, a bike ride through a world on the brink of disaster.

As for Sony’s first parties, we don’t really have a clue as to what many of the PlayStation Studios are up to. On the one hand, it’s exciting — it could make for big reveals in the summer — but on the other, it’s likely that whatever is cooking is years away. At least we have a rough idea of ​​what Naughty Dog is working on, with the upcoming Last of Us multiplayer game coming at some point. But very few details are known, other than Neil Druckman saying it’s “as big as any of our single-player games” and a piece of concept art that suggests it takes place in San Francisco.

What we do know is that we’ll be watching HBO’s adaptation of The Last of Us starring Pedro Pascal as Joel and Bella Ramsey as Ellie when it starts on January 15. It’s not the only Sony game to get the live-action treatment either, as David Harbor and Orlando Bloom will star in Neil Blomkamp’s Gran Turismo film, while PlayStation Productions looks set to spread its wings further. after 2022’s Uncharted. Days Gone, Ghost of Tsushima, Gravity Rush, and Jak and Daxter are also in the works, as are TV series for Twisted Metal, God of War, and Horizon, but these are unlikely to release in 2023.

Of course, there’s also the third-party studios and lineup of non-exclusive games coming to PS5 in 2023, including the Dead Space remake, Resident Evil 4 Remake, Star Wars Jedi: Survivor, Hogwarts Legacy, Street Fighter 6, Suicide Squad: Kill the Justice League, Diablo 4 and Armored Core 6 just to name a few. There certainly won’t be a shortage of things to play in 2023.

New year, new technology

The PlayStation 4 Slim and Pro were released just three years after the launch of the original PS4. We’ll have reached that period for PS5 by the end of 2023, so it’s perhaps not entirely out of the question that we could see a new edition of the PlayStation 5 sometime in the next 12 months. A slim version certainly wouldn’t hurt those struggling to fit the current one under their TV. However, with PS5s only becoming more of a regular occurrence on store shelves, Sony can still focus on ensuring a steady supply of its base models, rather than working on getting a new version out the door.

One thing we do know is on the way: PSVR2. Sony’s second foray into virtual reality will be in players’ hands and strapped to their heads on February 22. Packed with impressive tech, there’s optimism that it could make the splash in the virtual world that its predecessor failed to make.

It offers VR in 4K HDR, has a 110-degree field of view with an OLED screen, inside-out tracking using cameras integrated in the VR headset, and a new Sense technology that includes eye-tracking, headset feedback and 3D audio combines. PSVR2 also includes a built-in motor that provides physical feedback to the wearer. In our hands-on preview, we said, “PlayStation VR2 thankfully brings things up to par. Room-scale VR is offered here thanks to inside-out headset-based tracking, and the controllers feel on par with Meta’s latest.

While PSVR2’s specs rival the Oculus Quest 2 and Valve Index, it’s still a wired headset and requires a PlayStation 5 to use. With a hefty price tag of $549.99 / £529.99 on top of the cost of already owning a PS5, the lineup of games could prove to be a huge deciding factor for potential buyers.

PSVR2 is slated to launch with over 20 games, including Horizon: Call of the Mountain – a standalone VR adventure set in the post-post-apocalyptic, mechanical beast-filled world that Guerilla has created. It will be joined by the likes of No Man’s Sky and The Dark Pictures: Switchback, an on-rails shooter spin-off of the horror series. VR versions of the original Resident Evil 4 and Resident Evil Village are also coming. While the success of Sony’s next plunge into virtual reality remains to be seen, its strong roster of first-party showcases and exclusive titles can only help.

With plenty of games to play, a new era of PlayStation VR and much more, Sony looks set to build on the successes of 2022. What are you most looking forward to? Let us know in the comments.

Simon Cardy can’t wait to get stomped by a Thunderjaw in VR. Follow him on Twitter @CardySimon.

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