The next generation is coming. That much is inevitable.
And if 2013 is the last full year for the PlayStation 3, will it go out with a bang? Top-notch exclusive software has been its backbone throughout this generation, and that trend should continue next year.
We're already fairly certain that The Last Of Us , God of War: Ascension , and Beyond: Two Souls will launch at some point in 2013 (even if Quantic Dream hasn't nailed down anything specific just yet). That trio right there is pretty impressive and in terms of exclusive firepower; in contrast, in 2011, we got Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception , Killzone 3 , LittleBigPlanet 2 , Catherine , and Resistance 3 , among others. 2012 has been a little bare; Journey is leading the charge, it seems, although Sly Cooper: Thieves in Time and PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale could make a big splash in the fall.
But those three almost guaranteed titles for the PS3 in 2013 could represent three of the very best games of the year. On top of which, there's no knowing if something like Killzone 4 (or another of Guerrilla's currently unknown projects) will erupt. Then we hear Sony is prepping a few new surprises for Gamescom, and nobody would be surprised if another big PS3 exclusive was announced at the show. And what about Gran Turismo 6 and Uncharted 4 ? Perhaps Sony is saving those for a huge PS4 debut, but who knows? This is only August; a lot more could be revealed!
Either way, it appears 2013 is shaping up to be a great year for the PS3, even if news of the PS4 steals its thunder.