Revisiting Predictions for the Summer of Gaming 2023

After Nintendo’s recent remake-filled Direct on June 21 and Sega’s Sonic Central on June 23, it appears that the majority of the events during our Summer of Gaming season have concluded. Throughout the past four weeks, we have covered over 528 games in 25 livestreams, accumulating 137.5 million YouTube views and 336 million minutes (equivalent to 639 years) of IGN coverage watched. Now, it’s time to reflect on my predictions from a few weeks ago and see if they were accurate.

Out of the 21 total predictions, I managed to get 12 of them right. While this may not be as impressive as I had hoped, considering the unpredictable nature of game releases in recent years, it’s not too shabby. Let’s review each prediction one by one.

1. “Halo Infinite” would look phenomenal and be a hit for Microsoft and Xbox. This was an easy win as the game does indeed look amazing. However, some were left questioning why it runs at 30fps on the Xbox Series X and Series S instead of the expected 60fps. IGN Performance preview by Michael Thompson delves into the details and speculates on potential reasons for this choice.

2. Microsoft would heavily focus on “Forza Motorsport” to showcase its visual superiority over “Gran Turismo.” The segment showcasing the game received some complaints for being too long, but overall, the showcase was well-received. The new Builders Cup career mode was highlighted, offering a potentially groundbreaking single-player campaign with RPG-style progression.

3. “Gears 6” would receive a teaser with limited gameplay footage. Unfortunately, this prediction did not come to fruition, but it’s not surprising considering how confident Microsoft appeared during the Xbox Showcase despite the absence of anticipated games like “Gears 6” and “State of Decay 3.”

4. Game studios would focus on reimaging their back catalogs rather than simply remaking or continuing existing franchises. This trend was evident with Playground Games’ reboot of “Fable,” which impressed viewers with its reimagined story and humor. This approach seems to be growing more prevalent as studios explore new creative possibilities.

5. Obsidian’s first-person RPG expansion of “Pillars of Eternity,” titled “Avowed,” would receive a significant segment. This prediction was correct, with two showcases of the game. While the overall tone of the presentation received mixed reviews and criticism for its visuals, it was revealed that the game is still in development and won’t be released until 2024.

6. A longer trailer for “Death Stranding 2” would be unveiled. Surprisingly, this prediction did not come true, and the only mention of “Death Stranding” during this period was Kojima discussing the Director’s Cut of the game running on a Mac at Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference.

7. Ubisoft would provide more details on “Assassin’s Creed Mirage” as well as reveal the name of their upcoming RPG-style game, codenamed “Red.” While “Mirage” received attention, “Red” was not mentioned. However, Ubisoft did showcase “Jade,” a potential fully-fledged “Assassin’s Creed” game for mobile, and a trailer for the VR game “Nexus.”

8. Ubisoft would hint at a new “Splinter Cell” game during their presentation of “XDefiant.” While “XDefiant” did include Echelon agents as one of its factions, there was no direct acknowledgement of a new “Splinter Cell” game. However, “XDefiant” is currently in open beta and will be released later this year.

9. Ubisoft would showcase “Avatar: Frontiers of Pandora.” The trailer for the game did not receive as much attention as anticipated, but it was revealed to be essentially a “Far Cry” game set in Pandora, the world of “Avatar.”

10. There would be no updates on “Beyond Good & Evil 2.” Unfortunately, this prediction was correct. It seems that the highly anticipated game continues to elude us.

11. Ubisoft’s big reveal would be a “Star Wars” game. While there were various rumors surrounding this reveal, the prediction was accurate. Ubisoft did unveil a “Star Wars” game, though it was not based on “The Mandalorian” as some had speculated.

Overall, my predictions had a 57% success rate. While not perfect, considering the unpredictable nature of the gaming industry, it’s a respectable outcome.

 

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