With Sony confirming that the PS5 is in development, many are no doubt wondering what this means for games that have yet to be launched. For example, titles such as The Last of Us 2 and Death Stranding are some of the more highly-anticipated titles to launch on the PlayStation, but due to the fact that they haven’t been released, some have speculated that Sony could be “saving” them for the PS5 and not the PS4 ^(https://www.appmarsh.com/link/https://www.appmarsh.com/2018/07/death-stranding-released-ps4-and-ps5/).
Thankfully, the good news is that Sony isn’t doing that. During Sony’s 2019 corporate strategy meeting, the company outlined how the PS4 played a critical role in their strategy, and that they expect that the console “will remain the engine of engagement and profitability for the next three years”.
The presentation was also accompanied by placeholder box art images of games such as The Last Of Us 2 and Death Stranding, hinting that both these games are still very much expected to launch on the PS4, and not the PS5 as previously rumored. It is possible that those games could be launched on both consoles, but if you’re not planning on upgrading just yet, their launch on the PS4 is good news.
Sony had also recently demoed the PS5’s loading time ^(https://www.appmarsh.com/link/https://www.appmarsh.com/2019/05/sony-shows-demo-of-playstation-5-load-times/) which proved to be rather impressive. There is no word on when the next-gen console will be launching, but some are predicting that it will arrive in either 2021 or 2022 ^(https://www.appmarsh.com/link/https://www.appmarsh.com/2019/02/ps5-wont-launch-until-2021-2022/).
When Game Freak decided it was time to turn Pokémon into a collectathon that not only involved creatures, but human hairstyles and outfits, they struck gold. While we basically knew that the concept of customization was in for Sword & Shield, it was just recently confirmed in a roundabout way.
Japan apparently just held a contest that challenged fans to create a unique Pokemon t-shirt, and the winner (a Magikarp/Gyarados mix) is going on to be immortalized in Sword & Shield. This is the first real confirmation that trainer customization is in (besides the outfits we’ve seen in the initial trailer reveal). It’s a small detail, but it’s something all the same.
As for what’s next for Sword & Shield, it seems like we’ll have to wait until E3. CoroCoro magazine (the main source of drip-fed Pokemon news, which slowly reveals new creatures painstakingly over the course of the year) is publishing news on June 21, directly after E3. We can bet on an info dump during Nintendo’s E3 Direct, then a follow-up a week later.
Pokémon Sword & Shield – Uniqlo T-Shirt Collaboration ^(https://www.appmarsh.com/link/https://serebii.net/news/2019/20-May-2019.shtml) [Serebii.net]