Switch 2, GTA VI, FF XVI: what gamers should expect in 2023 on Nintendo Switch, PC, PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series

Game News Switch 2, GTA VI, FF XVI: what gamers should expect in 2023 on Nintendo Switch, PC, PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series

Before we wrap up a 2022 full of quality releases and delays alike, we wanted to celebrate New Year’s Eve by taking a look at some good news expected or announced. As we do every year, we took a look at a few persistent rumors on the web and raised our wet finger to guess where the winds of 2023 might take us.

Summary

  • Nintendo, Sony, Microsoft: announcement of new consoles
  • Big games on our cars
  • Taking over studios
  • Game Pass and PlayStation Plus will continue to evolve
  • News of the long-awaited titles

Nintendo, Sony, Microsoft: announcement of new consoles

If you follow us regularly, you know that rumors of new hardware – or revisions of the consoles we already have – punctuate the news on the site. For a long time, we believed that a Switch Pro was being studied, based on the articles of a very serious site. Bloomberg. According to Digital Foundry’s John Linneman, a Switch revision was indeed planned, but the project would be shelved to make way for the development of an actual new Nintendo console. The success of the Switch is unabashed, it would be surprising to see the Japanese giant drastically change its formula, so the name of the Switch 2 is already floating around the net. Insider Tom Henderson, the source of many leaks, is convinced anyway: The Switch will be six years old in 2023, and the success of the Steam Deck could convince Nintendo to introduce a new console in the coming months.

It’s been a while since Sony has been rumoredPlayStation 5 review cycle. This new machine would feature a removable disk drive, allowing the manufacturer to reduce shipping and manufacturing costs of its current hardware. On Microsoft’s side, the popular Keystone project is on everyone’s lips. Designed to connect to screens to deliver cloud gaming, this tiny console has been officially referenced by Microsoft’s head of gaming, Phil Spencer. If the white box has not been marketed for the time being because of the very high prices, it would be surprising to see the idea killed outright. After all, the Redmond firm has repeated it many times: its goal is to increase the access points to its ecosystem.

Switch 2, GTA VI, FF XVI: what gamers should expect in 2023 on Nintendo Switch, PC, PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series

Big games on our cars

The new year promises to be full of big releases, unless new premature postponements arrive in 2023. Whether you’re playing on Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X|S, or PC, it’s going to be heavy. Judge for yourself: The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Realm, Hogwarts Legacy: Hogwarts Legacy, Diablo IV, Final Fantasy XVI, Street Fighter 6, Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order, Baldur’s Gate III, Redfall, Starfield, Alan Wake II, Pikmin 4, Forza Not to mention the remakes of Motorsport, STALKER 2: Heart of Chernobyl, Marvel’s Spider-Man 2, Dead Space (2023), Resident Evil 4 (2023) and Silent Hill 2 (2023). On the small games side, we can’t wait to find REPLACED, The Last Case of Benedict Fox or Hollow Knight: Silksong. On paper, 2023 promises hours of entertainment across genres. Impatience already torments us.


Taking over studios

With the acquisition of Bethesda and plans to buy Activision Blizzard King, Microsoft suddenly showed its desire to build a video game empire. The group is in a better position compared to other GAFAs that are also active in the game, such as Google and Amazon. By being so aggressive in its takeover strategy, the Satya Nadella-led company is undoubtedly accelerating market consolidation and accelerating the creation of competing blocs.. As NetEase and Tencent continue to buy studios and increase their stakes in others, Sony has also used 2022 to go shopping with acquisitions of Bungie, Savage Game Studios and Haven.

Switch 2, GTA VI, FF XVI: what gamers should expect in 2023 on Nintendo Switch, PC, PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series

Big publishers and producers will not stop there and will continue to acquire talented teams, such as Embracer, which provides Crystal Dynamics and Eidos-Montréal services. Several publishers and independent studios are still in the market, and the Microsoft/Activision affair proved that large-scale deals, however improbable, can happen at any time. Could Sony and Square-Enix be officially teaming up as a result of a string of successful partnerships? Likewise, all eyes are definitely on Microsoft’s Asobo. The people of Bordeaux have had good relations with the American giant for many years. They helped develop first-party games, participated in the Hololens project when everything was top secret, developed the highly effective Flight Simulator, and released A Plague Tale Requiem as day one on Game Pass. In 2023, new combinations will inevitably surprise us.

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As for the Microsoft / Activision Blizzard King case, it could see a resolution this year, even if disagreements with key regulators could delay the expected completion date (originally set for June 2023).


Game Pass and PlayStation Plus will continue to evolve

For almost the entire generation of the PlayStation 3 and Xbox One, the two behemoths rarely crossed paths, at least not in public. Sony’s spending on the AAA story to highlight its console, which Microsoft has taken the service route to multiply entry points, suggests that even the two rivals are no longer aiming at the same target. Nevertheless, the desire to acquire influential publishers (Bethesda, Activision) to better feed Game Pass strained the relationship. We have already returned to the murderous statements of both sides several times in recent months.

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What’s certain is that by combining PS Now and PlayStation Plus, Sony no longer wants to let Microsoft do what it wants with subscriptions that give access to its catalog of games.. Both Game Pass and PlayStation Plus are poised to evolve. The former should soon introduce a family offering, while the latter may see some of its features improved, such as allowing you to play demos of the latest AAAs. Will the prices remain stable or will they increase in 2023? All signs point to the two giants (also) going to war for services.


News of the long-awaited titles

2023 could be the year to finally learn a little more about projects we haven’t heard about in a long time. We’re obviously thinking of Nintendo’s Metroid Prime 4, but also Senua’s Saga: Hellblade II, Fable, Perfect Dark, and Microsoft’s Everwild. Kojima fans should learn more about Death Stranding 2, as well as a secret project developed with the Xbox teams. After a major leak revealed a lot of information about Grand Theft Auto VI, Rockstar may be considering making it official in 2023. Why 2023? Simply because a document from Microsoft indicates that the long-awaited new installment of Grand Theft Auto will be released in 2024. So it might suggest it came out a year earlier. On the Konami side, we have the right to expect news on certain flagship licenses as Konami’s producer Noriaki Okamura has promised.Many new games for 2023“including”long awaitedFinally, Fumito Ueda (ICO, The Last Guardian) may also announce a new project in the coming months.

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Now that we’re looking at the horizon and remembering the rumors/predictions for 2023 that got us excited, it’s time to wrap up 2022 on a high note. Also in advance I wish you a great new year full of good times and of course good games.

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