Online, the rumors are fueled by Greg Miller of Kinda Funny, a platform that focuses on gaming conversations. “It could be a really interesting week for PlayStation if one of the three rumors I’ve heard turns out to be true,” he said on Twitter.
Bloomberg reported earlier this week that Sony will introduce its subscription service this week. The name of the project is Spartacus and the service will compete with Microsoft’s Xbox Game Pass. The service replaces the current PlayStation Plus and PlayStation Now. According to journalist Jason Schreier, the service is launching with some major games that have appeared in recent years.
It seems that the subscription service will have three different levels:
- Essential ($10 per month): Exactly what PlayStation Plus now offers, monthly games and online games.
- Extra ($13 per month): Access to 250-300 games, similar to the current PS Now offer.
- Premium ($16 per month): Everything from the previous tiers, including cloud streaming, classic games, and top game demos.
Spartacus, unlike Xbox Game Pass, does not offer its own titles on the day of its launch. Sony hasn’t officially announced anything about Spartacus yet, so there’s a good chance we’ll hear more this week. According to previous rumors, the service should launch in the spring of this year.
According to journalist Tom Henderson, a major PlayStation showcase is likely to take place soon in which Sony reveals a lot. Henderson tweeted about a lot of rumors last month and says those rumors are still relevant. He speculates on Final Fantasy XVI, among other things. Square Enix announced that we’ll get more information on that game in the spring, and spring has just begun.
According to Henderson, there are also two The Last Of Us projects set for release. They should be released in late 2022 or early 2023. It will probably be a remake of the first The Last Of Us and the Factions multiplayer mode from The Last Of Us Part 2.
Henderson also mentions the remake of Resident Evil 4. In 2020, VGC already reported that such a game would be in development and is scheduled for release in 2022. The game should be released in early 2022. Yesterday it was announced that Sony has renewed the trademark by Knack. So the possibility of us seeing something new from the PlayStation cult hero is certainly there.
God of War Ragnarok is also scheduled for this year, so there’s also a chance we’ll see more of that soon. At PlayStation Showcase last year, the game was shown extensively with a trailer for the first time. According to Henderson, March would be a good time to provide a new trailer and release date. He also speculates on the Twisted Metal reboot, which should be released in 2023. Hello Neighbor 2, Salt & Sacrifice and Post Void are three standalone games that will be released in the first half of 2022. That a PlayStation Showcase of this caliber is on the way has been pure speculation so far, but previous planned announcements and releases indicate we should be hearing more soon.
Sony has officially unveiled PlayStation VR2, but in terms of gameplay we haven’t seen anything yet. VR headsets are rumored to be launching later this year, so it looks like it’s about time we see more next-gen VR hardware. At last week’s Game Developers Conference, the headset was available for testing behind closed doors.
Sly Cooper is celebrating his 20th anniversary this year. According to previous rumors, a new installment in the franchise is currently in development. That’s what AccountNGT claims on Twitter. The tipster is best known for sharing details about Star Wars Eclipse a week before the official reveal. No word yet on the new Sly Cooper. Good time to announce something about it, right?
Again, these are just rumors going around at the moment. Nothing has been officially announced by Sony at the time of writing. What announcement do you hope to see this week or soon? Let me know in the comments!