Two huge franchises tipped for the PlayStation 5 as sales of the PlayStation 4 hardware and games start to taper off
A next-generation console without games is simply an expensive fancy-looking box, so it’s no wonder that there have been numerous AAA titles associated with the PlayStation 5 over recent months. Now there are two more big name franchises to join the rumor bandwagon: The Sims and Ratchet & Clank.
The CEO of Electronic Arts, Andrew Wilson, hinted at a Sims game for the PS5 in a recent earnings call. The executive made mention of “The Sims for a new generation” and “cross-platforms”, which is of course enough for some eager fans to already start insisting on making a pre-order for The Sims 5 on the PS5. The reality is that Wilson wasn’t revealing anything too specific, but he probably wanted to keep fans excited by the potential of new development and a new release. Considering the immense success of The Sims 4, it seems more than likely that The Sims 5 will turn up on next-generation consoles anyway.
As for Ratchet & Clank, this franchise that started back in 2002 has been quiet since 2016’s Ratchet & Clank for the PS4. While it’s been speculated that The Sims 5 won’t make an appearance before 2021 anyway, it appears that a new Ratchet & Clank game could be available for the PS5’s launch. This information was provided by a “former industry journalist”, so it’s slightly more believable than the typical PS5-related leak.
While Sony and third-party game developers prepare for the coming of the PS5, the poor old PS4 and its software library have seen their sales numbers fall. An industry analyst has claimed that 6.1 million units of the console were shipped in the last quarter of 2019 compared to 8.1 million units the year before. PS4 games apparently slipped from 87.2 million units to 81.1 million units shipped over the same period. However, those are still huge numbers and Sony will be expecting this to happen as gamers prepare to invest in the future with the PS5.