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Now that 2020 has arrived, do you have any gaming predictions for this year?...things like, will any upcoming games be delayed, yet again in some cases?...any game you predict will be revealed?...think Sony and MS will have their own events before E3 to officially unveil their next systems and their specs, games, etc?...will Zelda BOTW 2 be Nintendo´s big holiday game or will it be something else?

Some of my predictions:

- Sony will have their own presentation next month to officially reveal the PS5, just like they did in February 2013 with the PS4..incidentally, apparently one of the industry insiders on ResetEra hinted that this might indeed be Sony´s plan

- Bluepoint´s PS5 game is indeed Demons Souls remake and it will be revealed in Sony´s February event

- Insomniac´s first PS5 game will be a new Ratchet and Clank game, also shown next month

- Horizon 2 will be shown either next month or at E3 and it will be released Spring next year

- Halo Infinite will be 343 Industries´s best game yet 

- Zelda BOTW 2 will not come this year and Nintendo´s big holiday game will be a new Mario game, maybe a new 2D Mario

Apart from the last one, I guess these are mostly safe predictions



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1. Animal Crossing: New Horizons will be the only 5m+ seller that Nintendo releases in the first half of 2020; Q2 will have to make do with smaller Nintendo IPs, plus the long awaited additional story DLC for Fire Emblem: Three Houses. The second half of 2020 will have more and also bigger games.

2. After a safe initial prediction, I am going with something more out of left field. The remade Xenoblade Chronicles won't be the only Xenoblade release in 2020. Nintendo will expand the IP with a spinoff developed by Tecmo-Koei, so Xenoblade Warriors. Despite only three games to choose protagonists from (XC1: 7 characters, XCX: Elma and Lin, XC2: 9 including expansion), the roster of playable characters will be easily filled because there are also a couple of antagonists, and a sizeable amount of blades appearing in XC2 that can stand on their own.

3. Sony and Microsoft especially will play into Nintendo's hands by talking up game streaming and how cool it is to play your games away from your console. Naturally, Nintendo has no need for questionable streaming when their console can go anywhere with proper control inputs and without a required internet connection and the resulting input lag. On top of offering a vastly superior solution, Nintendo's is cheaper to boot.

4. Sony will be brought down to Earth because it dawns on people that the PS4's success received major help from Nintendo and Microsoft. Without those companies messing up so badly, the PS5 won't be able to be the same runaway success that the PS4 was.

5. Microsoft will show that they've learned from the XB1 blunders, but also show that they still don't quite understand the console business. They will pursue a two SKU strategy for the next Xbox right out of the gate, thinking that it is a good offering to be both more expensive (Series X) and cheaper (presumably Series S) than the PS5 at the same time. However, the gamers who anticipate next gen PS and Xbox consoles aren't looking for something gimped, so the cheaper Xbox will be perceived as a gimped version that will be ignored by default, making the decision process effectively the choice of paying for more power (Series X) or not (PS5). While this won't be a problem in the initial rush for the new consoles in 2020, it won't be a sustainable position for Microsoft in the mid to long term of a generational cycle, so they'll either cut the price or eat dust.

6. Gamers will be eager to buy into promises of Sony and Microsoft. Many of the announced next gen games will be years away from release, but treated as if they would come out within one year of a console's launch.

7. Switch is going to be doomed because its current success relies on ports of AAA third party games, something that will fade quickly with the imminent release of the PS5 and XSX. I predict that a lot of people will make bad predictions such as this one.

8. The PS4 and XB1 will see a more substantial decline in sales in 2020 than they already saw in 2019. The staggered regional launches of older generations, including developing countries, are a thing of the past, so the legs of the PS4 and especially the XB1 won't be long. An additional factor is how disposable PS and Xbox consoles are, so the market will see a flood of used consoles because of people selling off their PS4s and XB1s to put the money towards next gen consoles. More used consoles in the marketplace means that retailers will try to sell those rather than order new boxes from Sony and Microsoft.

9. The 3DS will be discontinued in 2020. I know, a real relevation.

10. No new Switch SKU nor a price cut in 2020. In September the hybrid SKU will become a value-added bundle as standard: $299 including a preinstalled copy of Mario Kart 8 Deluxe or Super Mario Odyssey. Switch Lite remains at $199, but comes with a preinstalled copy of New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe.

Bonus: Google will annoy people with partially exclusive content for AAA third party games on Stadia. That will be most of the attention that Stadia can draw because Google's platform itself will be hardly relevant in gaming discussions outside of such third party deals.

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Here are my predictions:
-Metroid Prime 4 won't release this year, it will either be a 2021 release or it'll be delayed to that year.
-Stadia will close its doors after quite a lot of money lost.
-FFVIIR won't come out this year either.
-Another mainline Pokemon game will be announced, either a Let's Go or a sequel of Sw/Sh. And everyone (including myself) will be pissed of the annualization.
-The 3DS line will end in 2020.



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The Nintendo 3DS line is discontinued in March, just as the fiscal year ends. Switch Deluxe releases on November 6 for $399.99. Its specs are similar to an Xbox One (though maybe slightly weaker). The standard Switch gets its price cut to $249.99, and the Switch Lite gets its price cut to $169.99. Breath of the Wild 2 launches on November 6 as well.
LittleBigPlanet 4 is unveiled for the PlayStation 5 at E3 2020 with a trailer and a release date of Fall 2021.
Marvel's Spider-Man 2 PlayStation 5 is unveiled at E3 2020 with a trailer, though no release year is given.
Star Wars Battlefront III is teased at E3 2020. It is scheduled to release on Windows, PlayStation 5, and Xbox Series X in Holiday 2021.
PlayStation 5 launches on November 13 for $499.99.
Xbox Series X launches on November 20, with a lower-end model, and higher-end model. The lower end is $449.99 and the higher end model is $599.99.



Lifetime Sales Predictions 

PS4: 130 mil (was 100 million) Xbox One: 55 mil (was 50 mil) Switch: 110 million (was 73, then 96 million)

3DS: 75.5 mil (was 73, then 77 million)

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-Xbox Series will release with 2 SKU's, S and X, priced at $300 discless/$350 disc drive for S and $500 for X. Xbox Series X will be the most powerful next-gen console. Launch games will be Halo Infinite, Forza Motorsport 8, and at least 1 other AAA game (probably 2nd party)

-PS5 will release at $400 with specs in between the two Xbox consoles. Launch games will be Horizon 2, a new Ratchet and Clank, and a next-gen port of Gran Turismo Sport with improved graphics and new tracks and cars.

-Microsoft will announce the following games in 2020: A Fable Reboot developed by Playground Studio 2, a Perfect Dark story driven 3rd person action-adventure reboot, a new 3rd person story driven action-adventure IP by The Initiative, Forza Motorsport 8, State of Decay 3, a 3rd game by Ninja Theory, and the rumored AAA 3D Skyrim like Pillars of Eternity game from Obsidian. All or most of these will be 2021 or later games.

-Microsoft will acquire at least 2 more studios in 2020, including a Japanese studio and a Polish Studio (MS had scouts in Poland recently)

-Sony will announce the following games in 2020: Horizon 2, Spider-Man 2, God of War 5, a new Ratchet and Clank, a new Killzone developed by a 2nd team at Guerilla Games after their expansion in 2018, and a new Uncharted series focused on Nathan daughter, developed by a new 1st party studio designed specifically to handle the Uncharted IP moving forward, now that Naughty Dog focus is on TLOU. Most of these will be 2021 or later releases.

-Sony will acquire Remedy in 2020.

-Nintendo will announce the following in 2020: A new Mario game, a re-reveal of Metroid Prime 4 (which won't release until 2021), Pikmin 4, and either Pokemon Gen 4 remakes or a Pokemon Sword and Shield 3rd version

-Switch Pro will be announced at E3 and release in the Holiday season. It will cost $400 and feature a 1080p screen and specs close to XB1 when docked, higher than a docked regular Switch in handheld mode. Much like New Nintendo 3DS, developers will be allowed to release games that only work on the Switch Pro, but Nintendo's 1st and 2nd party developers will support both systems.

-Neither Switch nor Switch Lite will see a price cut in 2020, but Nintendo will bundle games with them Holiday 2020 for $300 and $200 respectively, instead of charging for bundled games.

-Game of the Year Nominees at the 2020 Game Awards will be: Resident Evil 3 Remake, Cyberpunk 2077, The Last of Us 2, Final Fantasy 7 Remake, Horizon 2, and the new Mario Game I predicted above.



BotW 2 being Nintendo's big Holiday title this year.

PS5 and XSX being either $600 at launch, very heavily subventionized or weaker than expected.



Nintendo

-BotW 2 Holiday 2020 release (or an announcement of spring 2021)
-Bayonetta 3 fall release, gameplay revealed in January direct.
-Metroid Prime Trilogy HD announced.
-SMTV will get a release window and a dev update.
-Dragon Quest XII will be announcement for Switch version.

Sony

-Horizon 2 reveal.
-God of War 5 TEASER.
-PS5 priced at 499 USD.
-Bloodborne 2 teaser.

MS

-Series X priced at 599 USD, but a weaker version (weaker than PS5) will be 399 USD.
-Fable 4 reveal.
-Halo gameplay and official release date.

What I want more than anything, on ANY of the three platform...but will probably not happen......

Chrono Break (or different name) officially announced by SE.



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PLAYSTATION
Horizon Zero Dawn 2
Ratchet and Clank
Demon Souls Remastered
Gran Turismo 7

XBOX
Halo Infinite
Hellblade 2
Fable 4
Forza Motorsport 8

NINTENDO
Zelda BOTW 2
Mario Galaxy 3
Pikmon 4
Mario Kart Double Dash 2



- PS5 and Xbox X Series will have a strong launch and sell similar amounts.
- PS5 and Xbox X Series will have exclusive content issues very evident for the most of 2021
- PS and Xbox will have a $450 price tag
- Zelda BOTW will be 2020
- Mario Odyssey 2 will launch in 2020
- A slightly more powerful Switch will be launched for Christmas 2020



     

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