PlayStation may have secret weapon to fight Xbox Activision Blizzard deal
It’s rumored that Sony has struck a deal to ensure a “major, but undisclosed, third-party exclusive” launches for the PS5, with an announcement tipped for 2022. This news comes courtesy of the Podcast Sacred Symbols (through PlayStation LifeStyle) who commented on how Sony’s marketing spend is expected to increase significantly for this year. With titles like God of War Ragnarok, Gran Turismo 7, and Horizon Forbidden West coming to PS5 in 2022, that might not come as much of a surprise.
However, according to the PlayStation-focused podcast, the biggest reason for this increase in marketing spend is this unannounced third-party title.
Given the high-quality PS5 lineup Sony has planned for 2022, if there’s one unannounced title that makes the PlayStation team think even more of marketing it could be a pretty big deal.
Sacred Symbols said they heard this information after talking to “someone in the know” at Sony, but couldn’t say what the game would be.
The podcast speculated that the unannounced title could be the next BioShock game, rumored to be a timed PS5 exclusive, or the rumored unannounced PS5 exclusive made by Bloodborne developers FromSoftware.
Alternatively, it could be another Square Enix game – with VGC and NME journalist Jordan Middler claiming earlier this month on ResetEra that PlayStation will be “home” to Final Fantasy this generation.
So maybe we’ll see another Final Fantasy game announced in 2022, alongside Final Fantasy 16 – which is also a PS5 exclusive.
There is also an alternative option. Years ago, a leak surfaced that GTA 6 was going to be a timed PS5 exclusive and that Sony had paid a lot of money to secure the rights.
This was one of the first GTA 6 rumors out there, with the claims made in a deleted post on Pastebin.
However, what was interesting about this alleged “leak” was that it was accurately given other details about the PS5 just before the console was officially announced by Sony.
That could give credence to the astounding claims about GTA 6 eventually becoming a timed exclusive.
If that turns out to be the case, the Sony and PlayStation team would be the perfect compensation for Microsoft’s big Activision Blizzard announcement, given the massive hype for GTA 6 and how consistently good GTA 5 has been since its launch in 2013. sold.
As always with rumours, it’s best to take things with a grain of salt until the official confirmation.
When Microsoft first announced Activision Blizzard’s major Xbox acquisition, there was speculation that Call of Duty could become an Xbox exclusive.
That would be a huge blow to PlayStation gamers, given how well COD sells on Sony consoles year after year.
However, Xbox boss Phil Spencer has opened the door to Activision Blizzard IPs that will continue to appear on PlayStation consoles in the future.
Spencer said, “I’m just saying to players who play Activision Blizzard games on the Sony platform, we don’t intend to take communities off that platform and we remain committed to that.”
The Activision Blizzard acquisition, which cost Microsoft a whopping $68.7 billion, is expected to close in fiscal 2023 — so the deal may not be fully completed until 18 months from now.
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