Sony Shakes Up PlayStation: A Year Without Established Franchises

No Horizon, no Ghost of Tsushima sequel, no Uncharted, no Killzone, no Resistance and definitely no Bloodborne 2. This news came as a surprise in Sony's recent financial report, leaving many PlayStation fans confused

by Sededin Dedovic
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Sony Shakes Up PlayStation: A Year Without Established Franchises
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While 2024 could offer exciting exclusives like Final Fantasy 7 Rebirth and Stellar Blade, Sony has thrown a curveball: there will be no new games from established PlayStation franchises this year. No Horizon, no Ghost of Tsushima sequel, no Uncharted, no Killzone, no Resistance and definitely no Bloodborne 2.

This news came as a surprise in Sony's recent financial report, leaving many PlayStation fans confused. Instead of familiar favorites, Sony plans to rely on third-party titles, remakes like Until Dawn, and brand new IPs like the multiplayer project Concord.

This strategy seems strange if the rumors about a more powerful PS5 model are true. Wouldn't such a hardware upgrade benefit from the star power of proven franchises? Sony expects PS5 sales to drop this year, adding to the intrigue.

With 54.8 million units sold by the end of 2023, Sony believes the console has reached its peak popularity. This suggests several possibilities: 1. Prioritizing next-gen development: Perhaps Sony is shifting resources to next-gen games designed for the potential PS6 or the rumored "Pro" PS5 model.

Sacrificing the 2024 edition could foster a stronger lineup for the future. 2. Rethinking Franchise Approaches: Perhaps Sony wants to refresh these franchises before continuing them. Taking a year off could allow for creative renewal and ensure that subsequent entries don't feel stale.

3. Testing new waters: With PS5 sales falling, Sony may be exploring the appeal of new IPs and remakes to diversify its audience. This could be a calculated risk to find new sources of engagement. 4. Supply Chain Constraints: Ongoing manufacturing challenges may be limiting Sony's ability to deliver first-party titles on schedule.

While not ideal, this wouldn't be the first time external factors have affected release plans. Whatever the reason, 2024 will be a unique year for PlayStation. The absence of established franchises raises questions about Sony's strategy, but we could also see this as an opportunity for new experiences and unexpected surprises.

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