At the moment, Microsoft’s game lineup for next year looks stronger than Sony’s.
Based on the recent FTC/Microsoft leaks, we’ve learned that the Redmond tech giant has several tricks up its sleeve for next year. They have a lot of codenamed projects, and Sony may also be planning a lot of games that we haven’t even heard about at the leak level. Sony does have some major releases though: Final Fantasy VII Rebirth (Square Enix), Rise of the Ronin (Team Ninja), and those could be joined by Pacific Drive, Helldivers 2, possibly Marvel’s Wolverine from Insomniac Games, and Foamstars. That’s not a lot.
You can also add Death Stranding 2 (Kojima Productions) or Silent Hill 2 Remake (Team Bloober), which have no launch window year, but meanwhile the Xbox Game Studios list looks solid: Senua’s Saga: Hellblade II (Ninja Theory), Avowed (Obsidian Entertainment), South of Midnight, possibly Everwild (Rare), and with a small chance of Clockwork Revolution (inXile Entertainment) joining the list.
According to Xbox leaks, a new DOOM is in the works (and it will run on id Tech 8), but the Indiana Jones project and The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion remaster may beat it to release. There’s also State of Decay 3, announced for 2020, which could come to us in 2024, but we’re also looking forward to Fable from Playground Games, and it wouldn’t be surprising to see Forza Horizon 6 in the pipeline as well.
So it’s true that we’ve seen a lot of leaks from Microsoft’s side, but even then there seem to be more projects from them than from Sony when it comes to unannounced games. There could also be a big change for Sony with a more gamer and Japan-friendly CEO for Sony Interactive Entertainment after Jim Ryan retires in early 2024. (Here’s wishing him as many PS1 and retro games as possible. He doesn’t like them.)