To say Sony have been a little quiet this year is an understatement. We’ve heard more on the PlayStation 5 than we have on the Last of Us 2. There is a good reason for that.
Ever since they Sony teased Last of Us 2 (Last of Us Part II) at E3 2018 they’ve gone as silent as a mouse. Then, only a few months after E3 Sony dropped yet another bombshell; they will not be attending E3 2019. Nobody really had any idea what’s going on.
Last of Us 2 was announced 3 years ago
The Last of Us 2 is the most anticipated game in PlayStation’s line-up of exclusives. It was announced 3 years ago at PlayStation Experience by Naughty Dog alongside a teaser/trailer. The game takes place five years after the events of the first game. You play as an older Ellie, who comes into conflict with a sinister cult in the the post-apocalyptic United States.
The game was expected to launch mid 2018, but its now 2019 and we don’t even have an official release date. Still, Last of Us 2 is not the only game Sony is hush about.
There were so many exclusive PlayStation titles that people were excited to play: Dreams, Death Stranding, Last of Us 2, MediEvil. However, for some strange reason Sony delayed their releases. Why would Sony hype these games at E3 and then go completely dark? Because something changed.
PlayStation 5 releasing early
Sony’s next generation gaming console was not supposed to come out for at least a couple of years. According to industry analysts, the PlayStation 5 would be unveiled in late 2020, early 2021. But just in the last few years there has been a major developments in the tech industry. This includes the introduction of lag-free game streaming, 8K resolution graphics and ray tracing. Google’s newly announced game peripheral, Stadia, is capable of doing all of these things.
The Google Stadia has put all current-gen consoles on the verge of extinction because it makes a physical gaming consoles redundant. As a matter of fact, a lot of people are already Stadia ready, as the only thing you need to play is a Chromecast Ultra and a controller. This means most current-gen Android smart TVs are also Stadia ready. The Google Stadia will also launch with a massive library of AAA games from major developers and some exclusive titles made by their very own in-house developer.
Google’s introduction into the gaming industry has caused shock-waves that Sony, Microsoft and Nintendo undoubtedly have felt. The reach that Google currently have with their Gmail, Gpay and YouTube services exceeds Sony’s by the millions, and this does not include the Sony 4K televisions that have Chromecast built-in.
This has forced Sony’s and Microsoft’s hand
Sony and Microsoft have partnered together to work on cloud gaming and A.I. solutions to rival Google’s.
“In a joint statement, both companies said, under the memorandum of understanding signed by the parties, the two companies will explore joint development of future cloud solutions in Microsoft Azure to support their respective game and content-streaming services.
In addition, the two companies will explore the use of current Microsoft Azure datacenter-based solutions for Sony’s game and content streaming services.”
Microsoft are currently testing their new streaming service currently titled Project xCloud. While only employees of Microsoft have access to it at the moment, they can allegedly play triple A Xbox exclusives on their smart devices.
All future exclusives will be marketed for the PlayStation 5
With so much at stake Sony have had to bank on the PlayStation 5’s success and delay their exclusives to release alongside the console to ensure that consumers have access to a catalog of incredible AAA titles at launch.
This doesn’t mean that Sony are neglecting the PlayStation 4 owners. One of the the promising new features of this new cloud gaming technology that Sony and Microsoft are looking into is cross-platform play and next-gen backwards compatibility.
What exactly does that mean for the consumer?
The most likely scenario is that, at least for the first wave of games, they will packaged like the current 4K movie discs. By that I mean with either a digital download code, physical copy of the last-gen disc, or access to the streaming service to play it on your PlayStation 4. I am assuming the latter simply for the fact that they are boasting about this new streaming service that allows players to play on the device of their choice. So, most launch titles will be playable on the PlayStation 4 with a few limitation and possibly less features.
This is actually a great marketing strategy to build hype for the PlayStation 5. It means gamers become early adopters by default. In addition, it also gives them incentive to upgrade since they already have PlayStation 5 games to play.
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Don’t expect to hear too much about The Last of Us 2 until the PlayStation 5 is announced. We might get teased with a few trailers and images here and there but I am certain that we won’t get a release date until the PlayStation 5 is officially revealed.