Official PlayStation Magazine’s 2013 predictions – what’s coming next year?

Joel Gregory, deputy editor

Call me crazy (and call me maybe?), but I think 2013 will see the announcement of some shiny new Sony hardware. And I think it will be announced in the summer, at E3. I know, I know – outlandish stuff. But jokes aside, it’s important that we do get a glimpse of PS4 (or Orbis, or Orville, or whatever) before too long. Although there are some great games slated for next year, look beyond the summer schedule and things start to dry up. And with Microsoft likely to announce their new box of whizzbangery earlier, so our sources tell us, it’s imperative that Sony don’t slip to far behind – launching a year behind it’s main rival is a mistake that cannot be repeated. On the game front I’d expect that hardware announcement to be accompanied by the reveal of a new Uncharted game, and confirmation that Metal Gear Solid: Ground Zeroes is a next-gen title (it just looks too pretty). And I’m calling it now: Castlevania: Lords Of Shadow 2 will be every bit the brilliant, genre-leading slice of excellence that it’s predecessor was, and I’ll then spend the next 18 months trying to convince everyone of that.

Castlevania lords of shadow 2

Emma DaviesEmma Davies, production editor

Nothing is guaranteed – after all, the Mayans might have been right and we’ll all be paste before the champagne corks welcome us into 2013 – but I wouldn’t be at all surprised if all the rumours and internet whisperings about next-gen come to concrete fruition at some point over the next year.

Before any such hypothetical PS4 manifests itself, however, it’s certainly shaping up to be a damnably strong year for PS3. The Last Of Us, Beyond: Two Souls, GTA V and Bioshock Infinite all look increasingly likely to deliver on their hefty promise, and that’s before we’ve even mentioned the imminence of at least two new Metal Gear games. Whatever happens, don’t expect PlayStation 3 to go down without a super-heavyweight fight.

I also predict a big push for Vita after its slightly shaky start in 2012. More Cross Buy, and more triple-A franchises making their bespoke Vita debut – just look at the success of LittleBigPlanet on the handheld. Vita’s got the power to deliver great experiences, and 2013 could well be the year that developers – especially first-party ones – properly capitalise on this.

Oh, and one cast-iron certainty to put your money on? A new Call Of Duty in the autumn.