SCE has decided that 2012's holiday season should be the PS2's last. Perhaps this is what the Mayans were seeing. Truly, it's the end of an era.
Sony’s PlayStation 2 sold 150 million units globally making it incredibly successful since it launched. The PS2 is reportedly no longer shipping in Japan, marking the end of an era for many gamers who grew up with the console.
Some of the most anticipated games of the past years have been HD versions of legendary PS2 games. Even now, there are PS2 games that countless fans are waiting to download on the PlayStation Network or buy in re-release form. A great many people voted for Persona 4: The Golden
as the best RPG of this year, and it's a port of a 2008 PS2 game.
Grand Theft Auto had a cult following, but was really pushed into the mainstream by Grand Theft Auto III
on the PS2. God of War
, Kingdom Hearts
, and Ratchet & Clank
got their starts; Okami
, and Shadow of the Colossus
showed the world how games can be art, and JRPG fans were practically swimming in a constant stream of high-quality releases.
Despite how old the PS2 is, many developers were still creating games for the console due to the wide user base. Sony may not be shipping any more new PS2s, but it will be a long time yet before gamers toss that console into the closet.