It’s The State of Gaming Podcast, Popzara’s in-depth look at what’s shaking up the gaming landscape delivered on a monthly basis. Our hosts Cory Galliher and Nate Evans guide you through the best, worst, and everything else making headlines and headway in the world of interactive entertainment.
The Games of September 2022
There’s plenty on tap for September. Heavy-hitters include: Sony’s The Last of Us Part I, Nintendo’s Splatoon 3, Nacon’s Steelrising, Gameloft’s Disney Dreamlight Valley, Funcom’s Metal: Hellsinger, Devolver Digital’s Return to Monkey Island, Bandai Namco’s JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure: All Star Battle R, and Square-Enix’s The Diofield Chronicle.
NPD: August 2022
NPD remains the gaming industry’s best snapshot of what’s moving and shaking up both physical and digital retail shelves across the country. All stats are for entertainment purposes only. Total sales of new gaming hardware and software topped $4.104 billion, a 5 percent drop from last year.
On the Top Twenty software charts EA’s annual football sensation Madden NFL 23 takes the top spot, followed by Deep Silver’s rebooted Saint’s Row (2022) debuting strong is second. Sony’s previous console-exclusive Marvel’s Spider-Man returns to the charts in third while Nintendo’s massive Xenoblade Chronicles 3 remains strong in tenth. Sega’s Soul Hackers 2 debuts in fifteenth, Sony’s Gran Turismo 7 (soon to be a movie!) in seventeenth, and Nintendo’s Pokémon Legends: Arceus in twentieth.
But there’s more! Rockstar’s hugely anticipated sequel Grand Theft Auto 6 saw a (very) early build leaked online, Nintendo’s equally hugely anticipated followup to Breath of the Wild now has a name and release date: The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom, due May 2023. Nvidia has made their next-gen GPUs official by announcing the impressive RTX 4090 and 4080 (with impressive price tags to boot).
Did you know a Gran Turismo movie is on the way? Capcom’s Street Fighter VI gets a closed beta in October, Netflix’s Cyberpunk: Endrunners helped reinvigorate its namesake game, and it looks like Sony’s PS5-only PSVR2 headset won’t be compatible with its first-gen cousin. All this and more – listen today!