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Sony Backs Off: They Removed The Third-Party PlayStation 5 Launch Windows

The CES 2021 sizzle video had more details by Sony, but the company removed the new information after having second thoughts.

Gematsu noticed in the embedded tweet below how Sony has sneakily edited the video they made for the CES, featuring the PlayStation 5‘s upcoming games. They didn’t remove a simple typo. No, instead, they got rid of all third-party publishers’ release windows for their games, leaving only three titles on the list. Housemarque’s Returnal was kept (it’s coming on March 19 on PlayStation 5), and Sony Interactive Entertainment’s two internally developed titles, Horizon Forbidden West (which will also get a PlayStation 4 version), and Insomniac Games’ PlayStation 5-exclusive Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart, are still listed with a 2021 window.

As a reminder, here’s what Sony edited out:

  •     Hitman III – January 2021 (no reason to edit this out… it was confirmed to come out on January 20 on all consoles, including the Switch)
  •     Kena: Bridge of Spirits – March 2021
  •     Solar Ash – June 2021
  •     Little Devil Inside – July 2021
  •     Ghostwire: Tokyo – October 2021
  •     Stray – October 2021
  •     Project Athia – January 2022
  •     Pragmata – 2023 (previously 2022)

 

We don’t know why Sony wiped all of this. It’s probably due to a request from a third-party publisher, such as Square Enix, who might have not wanted the people to know that Project Athia is coming in a year to PlayStation 5 (and PC). Sony made sure and removed everyone instead, and Housemarque’s game’s launch day was confirmed a long time ago. This doesn’t explain Hitman III’s removal, though.

Perhaps it’s the coronavirus global pandemic that led to Sony to edit the video’s ending slide, or maybe it’s due to Cyberpunk 2077, which had a horrible start on consoles (which made Sony lose money, too – the game is still not republished on the PlayStation Store). Here’s the before-after comparison.

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