PlayStation & Nintendo Go Head-to-Head

It was a peculiar but packed Tuesday, as both Nintendo and PlayStation scheduled game showcases on the same date. Who came away with the bigger buzz?
PlayStation Brings Out the Big Guns
Sony didn’t come to play around, with trailers for both God of War Ragnarok and Tekken 8, as well as other reveals. For those interested in PlayStation’s strategy this generation, the two aforementioned titles are worth keeping an eye on.
Better Late Than Never
For all the talk of games-as-a-service and Sony’s reduced focus on first-party exclusives, God of War Ragnorak is a big deal. Its performance will likely have significant implications on Sony’s plans for traditional narrative games with limited live service features. 
  • It’s effectively the first proper PS5 game from a top tier Sony IP and the kind of release that historically made people buy a console
  • Sony also announced a limited edition God of War: Ragnarok PS5 controller
  • The good news is its November 9 release date is in time for the holiday season
  • The bad news is that delays mean its launching right around the release of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 & Call of Duty: Warzone 2
Ready for a Fight
The eighth entry in the longtime Tekken fighting series was officially announced, although it’s still early in development. While fighting games are relatively niche in the modern landscape, they are still very prominent in esports. Don’t be surprised if Sony mashes ties together Tekken 8 with its increased focus on esports via its Inzone peripherals brand. 

Source: Nintendo
A Much Needed Breath
Nintendo may not have had as many big announcements as PlayStation this time around, but the official reveal of the next Zelda entry, Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom, is massive. For many, the preceding Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild was the reason they bought a Switch. This next entry will launch May 12, 2023; given the date, it’s likely to be the last exclusive Zelda for Nintendo’s venerable handheld console. Other noteworthy announcements include more releases in classic franchises, as well as additions for online play.
  • A trailer for Bayonetta 3, which releases October 28
  • Re-release of Goldeneye 007, which originally launched on the Nintendo 64
    • Will include multiplier
  • The free addition of golf for Nintendo Switch Sports
  • A new mainline entry in the Fire Emblem Series, Fire Emblem Engage, coming January 20, 2023