2020 may have been the year of the arrival of the next-gen, the exclusivity war has not yet really started on this generation. Sony Interactive Entertainment at first timidly by proposing only Demon’s Souls and free Astro’s Playroom exclusively on PS5, and Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales and Sackboy: A Big Adventure in cross-gen with the PS4. On the Xbox Series X and S side, without Halo Infinite pushed back to late, there was literally no production Xbox Game Studios unprecedented on the table. Outside the portages next-gen, the last real novelty is Tell Me Why last August.
And at the same time, on the home side Nintendo, which does not play exactly on the same table, the year was poor in large production, even if Animal Crossing: New Horizons broke the house. Tokyo Mirage Sessions #FE Encore, Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Rescue Team DX, Mario Kart Live: Home Circuit, Xenoblade Chronicles: Definitive Edition, Paper Mario: The Origami King, Pikmin 3D Deluxe, Super Mario 3D All-Stars and Hyrule Warriors: Age of Scourge have arrived well in recent months, but still only 2 sequels for 5 ports and an augmented reality game. However, the console has managed to create a catalog of independent games, sometimes exclusive to consoles, which is beginning to command respect. In this context, what to expect for 2021?
Let’s continue with the universe apart from Nintendo. On paper, there is something to dream of: Super Mario 3D World + Bowser’s Fury, New Pokémon Snap, Shin Megami Tensei V, Bayonetta 3, Metroid Prime 4, The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild 2 are confirmed, but all were only confirmed with a video, even a teaser or even a simple logo, sometimes several years ago. Super Mario 3D World + Bowser’s Fury is the only one to be precisely dated, February 12 to be exact, and Shin Megami Tensei V is otherwise officially announced for a wave 2021. Certainly, there is no doubt that New Pokémon Snap will also be released in the coming months, but for others, it’s difficult to know when they will see the light of day. The hype around Bayonetta 3, Metroid Prime 4 and The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild 2 is far superior to all titles released in 2020, excluding Animal Crossing, and if even one of those games ever came out this year, we’d be fine. To prevent famine, then remain the aces in the sleeve of Nintendo.
The manufacturer’s specialty is all the same its Nintendo Direct to present well-advanced productions that will be released a few months later. Players have been waiting for a new edition for months, so the next one should be worth it. In addition, the Switch community is larger and more active than ever since containment, and Nintendo It would be wrong not to come out with something to satisfy her. But with what? A new Pokémon for 25 years, as a remake of Diamond and Pearl ? Yet another Mario classic or original concept? More forgotten suites and ports of Wii U games? Original and surprising franchises? All hopes are permitted, especially as the manufacturer knows how to surprise.
In any case, it can count on third-party publishers more eager than ever to reach this solid player base, as with Monster Hunter Rise and Monster Hunter Stories 2, Bravely Default II, No More Heroes 3, or other enticing indie releases that will be released as a temporary console exclusive, like Hollow Knight: Silksong.
On the home side PlayStation Studios, the picture is solid, with Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart, God of War: Ragnarök, Gran Turismo 7 and Horizon Forbidden West announced for 2021 on PS5 (and also on PS4 for the latter), and Returnal already dated March 19. For the first four, these are big, eagerly awaited productions, but while the trend is more towards postponement than on time releases in this never-ending period of COVID-19, will they all come out well? this year ? If even a single exclusive is postponed, the program would be strongly impacted, and hard to believe that SHE have a juggernaut of the kind under the elbow to replace them on the calendar. Project athia, Final Fantasy XVI and Final Fantasy VII Remake Part II will certainly not be ready in time, but who knows.
Where the console can be strong is with Destruction Allstars, which will be offered to all subscribers PS+ in February 2021: if the quality is there, will it become a real phenomenon of Rocket League and Fall Guys, capable of solidifying a large community? We will find out in a few weeks.
The partnership with Bethesda at the same time will pay with Deathloop and Ghostwire: Tokyo, whose temporary exclusivity on consoles was stolen before the acquisition of the studio by Microsoft. These two original experiences should attract some curious, but will they really have the weight to tip the scales when buying a console? next-gen, Nothing is less sure. Same thing for Oddworld: Soulstorm, surrounded by a strong capital of sympathy, but which should not raise the crowds either. Then remain the titles with less budgets like Season, Stray, Kena: Bridge of Spirits, Goodbye Volcano High, or Solar Ash to charm: if a game has trouble winning the heart of a single player, this line-up whole can seduce.
And the same goes for Xbox, which has created a beautiful catalog of console exclusivity from third-party publishers. 12 Minutes, Sable, Scorn, The Artful Escape, The Ascent, The Gunk, The Medium, S.T.A.L.K.E.R. 2 and many others have planned to arrive in preview at Microsoft, and knowing that many of them will integrate the Xbox Game Pass as soon as they are released, you won’t even have to think about buying them or not if you are a subscriber. It’s a safe bet that other contracts of the kind will be signed in the coming months, to the delight of this type of production.
And we will have to rely on them, because casually, it is not the joy on the side of Xbox Game Studios. Everwild, Avowed, Perfect Dark, Fable, State of Decay 3 and maybe even the next one Forza Motorsport were shown very little, and are likely to miss the year, although there is still hope for the racing game. Starfield, The Elder Scrolls VI and the other games Bethesda could be released exclusively or temporarily on Xbox Series X | S, but as for the two titles already known, they are not ready to be playable.
Senua’s Saga: Hellblade II could strengthen the line-up and Ninja Theory is more advanced than it suggests publicly, as is the discreet As Dusk Falls. Likewise, le portage Xbox Series X | S de Microsoft Flight Simulator this summer could have its small effect, even if fans will prefer its PC version. CrossfireX and its multiplayer in free-to-play accompanied by a paying solo should try their luck in the coming months, but the hype does not seem to have taken at all before release. In all of this the savior should be Halo Infinite, not planned before the fall of 2021, which will not have the right to make mistakes while even some of the biggest fans have become cautious towards him since the revelation of his gameplay. But then again, MSF is already playable in better conditions on PC, and all these beautiful little people are expected to release Xbox One at the same time, so why rush to the next-gen ?
Will we really have no big exclusivity Xbox to put us in our mouths before the second half of 2021? For the moment, this is what is expected … But with the map of Xbox Game Pass richer than ever in multiplatform games, and while the fleet of new generation consoles is taking time to set up, this ideal transitional semester to explore its back catalog might not bother players that much, even after a fall without AAA exclusive.
After a console launch next-gen half-hearted and ultimately not enough play to justify the change of generation, one thing is certain: it will not get better right away. We will have to wait for the cadors Halo Infinite, Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart, God of War: Ragnarök, Gran Turismo 7, Hellblade II or Horizon Forbidden West so that the war of exclusives finally comes to life, but their discretion does not bode well for the near future. The battle should therefore first be played on the side of third-party publishers, with some pretty nuggets to be discovered in preview. Likewise at Nintendo, which apart from the little expected Shin Megami Tensei V and Super Mario 3D World + Bowser’s Fury will have to quickly build a solid schedule: however, unlike its competitors, he knows how to announce and release exclusives quickly. Bravely Default II and both Monster Hunter should still help a lot. Then there are any surprises from the summer fairs, E3 as gamescom, but hard to believe either that a big exclusivity will be announced there for an arrival at the end of the year, in any case on Xbox Series X and S or PS5. With all this, will 2021 be a great year for exclusives, or even video games?
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