Official PlayStation Magazine’s 2013 predictions – what’s coming next year?
David Miekleham, acting news editor
I see pink hoverboards and Jaws 19 in 3D, I tells ya! Hang on, that’s not scheduled for another two years. Anyhoo, onto matters PlayStation and my glowing crystal orb predicts PS4 at E3 in June, a mega Vita price slash and The Last Guardian finally snagging a release date… maybe.
First up, Sony’s next console being unveiled at the LA-based industry mega event looks likely. PS3 is entering its autumn years, with a greater focus on a younger market. With Naughty Dog, Guerrilla and Sony Santa Monica all having quite 2012s, it would be fair to assume they’re already beavering away on next-gen development kits making PS4 instalments of their beloved franchises. I’d be surprised if at least one of Uncharted 4, Killzone 4 or God Of War 4 wasn’t announced before 2013 bows out.
Put simply, Sony can’t afford to give Microsoft the head start in the next round of console wars. With the next Xbox a near E3 2013 certainty, Sony will want to deflect as much attention away from its major rival as possible with a PS4-shaped announcement.
On the handheld front a Vita price drop seems inevitable. Despite an array of strong titles, sales have been disappointing. Sony’s powerful handheld needs the sort of jolt only a more competitive price tag and top tier software can bring. Expect a sub £150 Vita for Christmas 2013.
Phil Iwaniuk, staff writer
Well, there’ll be games coming out. Using my best industry analysis and running the results through my hand-made prediction matrix (okay, a macaroni painting that spells the word “future”) I can be almost certain of that. And if 2012’s crop of wonderful new IPs such as Journey, Dishonored and Dragon’s Dogma is anything to go by, the industry’s at least aware that working on a new project isn’t, as many publishers seem to suspect, equivalent to gargling cyanide.
Some of the games –brace yourself for this – aren’t going to be aimed at you, either. I know. It’s hard not to feel a tad entitled when the industry’s been focused on one particular demographic since the first young white male sank a quid into Donkey Kong, but with unemployment figures at record highs in some places and an alleged 70% piracy rate among that group – well, don’t expect products like Wonderbook to go away. Games companies will keep giving over 30s, casual gamers and mums the glad-eye, because they need to make money. If you don’t like it, you shouldn’t have downloaded R Kelly’s Ignition Remix on Napster that time.
So, 2013. A year of brave new IPs; a year of more Wonderbook-y stuff. And I mean, surely at least a sniff of the next gen, right? Pleeeease?