PS4 Launch Titles – Could Be’s And Should Be’s
This time next week on February 20th Sony are holding an event which many are anticipating and expecting to be the PS4’s announcement. Like all new hardware though, it’s only as strong as its software. So, with Sony hopefully learning from the PS3 launch, here are our games that we think could be announced for the PS4 launch as well as game we think should be announced. It’s only a small list, so let us know what you want to see in the comments section.
There are already rumours surrounding Sackboy’s next outing with Sumo Digital, developers behind Sonic & Sega All Stars Racing and Burnout apparently taking the reins from Media Molecule. Along with the PS4’s supped up online capabilities that will no matter be announced, a new LittleBigPlanet would not only be another community-exploding inclusion but a solid and reliable imagination-caressing launch title. There is no doubt that Sony are planning another LittleBigPlanet for the PS4’s launch, and we can’t for the next bout of SackBoy.
Naughty Dog may be busy perfecting The Last Of Us but with the studio split into two and the entire Uncharted series being both critical and commercial successes, we would be incredibly surprised if there wasn’t an Uncharted 4 to usher in the PS4. Uncharted 2: Among Thieves was the PS3’s most important game, giving Sony a new mascot and making non-Playstation fans weeping with jealousy. A new Nathan Drake adventure would surely give the new Playstation a kick-start and start the next generation with an explosion-filled quit-witted eye meltingly gorgeous game.
Whilst it may not be Sony’s Halo, the Killzone franchise forged out its own identity on the PS3 with its pretty visuals and heavy but intense action. Guerilla Games have been quiet recently and although a Vita Killzone is on its way later this year, we’re sure Guerilla are working on something….big. In fact, it was recently reported that a new Killzone is set for a PS4 launch. Sony loves the Killzone series and by releasing a new exclusive FPS pushing the PS4 to its (launch) limit, Killzone 4 would certainly rake in a couple of console sales.
Assassins Creed 4
We know Assassin’s Creed 4 is happening as Ubisoft recently revealed plans for a new setting, character and time period as well as the fact that ACIV will be released around the usual November time, possibly tying in with the PS4’s potential release. We suspect that the latest Assassin’s Creed will straddle generations, potentially limiting the technical side. However, the creativity won’t be harmed, as Ubisoft have a knack for injecting the AC series with originality. Our vote goes for Eygpt or Victorian London; imagine walking through the fogy streets with Jack the Ripper at your back!
Oh WipeOut. Accompanying every Sony console launch, the WipeOut series seems to be a go-to launch title. The quality of the WipeOut series is consistently heart pounding and LSD-esque with its fast paced space racing. With the power of Sony’s new console, a new WipeOut game would definitely exploit the potential for sparkly visuals and a smooth as silk framerate as well as providing gamers with a dose of WipeOut glory. And anyway, its WipeOut, its coming.
Agent has been one of the most mysterious titles of the generation. Announced briefly at Sony’s 2009 E3 conference, Agent was a Cold War era spy thriller developed by no other than Rockstar Games. However, that is all we know and have known for the past 3 years. The PS4 launch would be a brilliant time to either re-announce or demo Agent, offering Playstation gamers their own, exclusive Rockstar game. And we all know what Rockstar can do.
The InFamous games for PS3 have been some of the most original and enjoyable experiences only available on Sony’s machine. InFamous 2 ended in such a way that the prospect of a sequel was made even more tantalizing and we’d love to see Sucker Punch tip off the InFamous trilogy with a PS4 powerhouse of a game. Cole McGrath is one of Sony’s favourite modern mascots so we have fingers crossed that we will witness the final electricity-charged maelstrom that is InFamous 3.
Gran Turismo 6
Gran Turismo has always been a Sony darling, pushing every piece of hardware to the absolute limit. Whilst Gran Turismo 5 may have been plagued by delays only to be released with a plethora of bugs, after the first initial updates, GT5 was really the experience we had all anticipated. In fact, crazed mastermind Kazunori Yamauchi said that Polyphony Digital were already working on Gran Turismo 6 only a few months after GT5’s release. The PS4 could definitely benefit from a new Gran Turismo game so let’s hope Yamauchi can push his team to new limits too, we need a new round of car-Nirvana.
New Spyro/Crash Bandicoot
Sony have matured over the PS3’s lifespan with series such as Uncharted, Resistance and Heavy Rain introducing a more grown up and dare we say it, gritty tone to Sony’s library. Even though it has produced some of the generation’s best games, many gamers, us included, miss the good ol’ Sony. Let’s see a return to the crazy, colourful classics such as Spyro or Crash Bandicoot, let’s reminisce the time before angry space marines.
The recent All Stars Battle Royale reminded us of Sony’s rich history so by releasing a new Crash or Spyro game for the PS4 it would be both a celebration and rejuvenation of some of Sony’s most adored franchises.
The Last Guardian
We said earlier how Gran Turismo 5 suffered from delays; well, The Last Guardian seems to be the King of delays. Originally set for a late 2011 release, only to have that date pushed back to April 2012 and finally November 2012. After that though, it’s been pretty silent from Team Ico. The latest game from minds behind games-as-art Shadow of Colossus and Ico looked to carry on Team Ico’s legacy with a heart-warming tale between a boy and his Trico, a griffin like creature.
The Last Guardian has been highly anticipated but its recent silence and rumours of cancellation have resulted in many gamers losing faith and hope. For Sony to announce The Last Guardian as a PS4 launch title would not only quench the wait for Team Ico’s return but it would also open up avenues for the PS4’s future, highlighting Sony’s ability to provide both action to heart break.