Soon after the PlayStation 4 reveal in February, we took an in-depth look at all the developers we thought could potentially be developing a title for the console. Now, as we approach the launch of the PS4 in Europe (you lucky Americans!), we thought it would be interesting to do the same again, this time focusing on Sony’s first and second party studios.
Sony recently announced that all of its major development studios are currently working on PS4 projects, but so far only a fraction of those have been revealed. So, let’s take a look at the games we could be playing on PS4 throughout the next couple of years.
First Party Studios
Bend Studio [unannounced project]
To be honest, there’s not much to say about Bend’s PS4 game, because we know literally nothing about it; not even whether it’s a new IP. If it is, then it could be pretty much anything, but if it isn’t there are a few main possibilities. In recent years, the studio has worked on games in the Resistance and Uncharted franchises, but it is most famous for Syphon Filter, so perhaps we could see a reboot of that series on PS4.
Evolution Studios [Driveclub]
As has been repeated all over the internet for the last month, social racing game Driveclub was recently delayed into 2014 from its original November slot. This means that Sony lost one of its big PS4 launch titles, but we should consequently get a much better game in the long run. Evolution Studios has been chasing full 1080p, 60fps visuals, so hopefully the extra development time will allow them to reach these ambitions.
Guerrilla Games [Killzone: Shadow Fall, unannounced project]
Over the last week, Guerrilla Games has been impressing gamers in North America with the visual splendour of Killzone: Shadow Fall (see below), the PS4’s key launch title. However, what you may not know is that the studio is also working on a brand new IP for PS4, but we know virtually nothing about it. Our best guess is that it’s a videogame of some sort, but we can’t really be any more specific than that.
Japan Studio [Knack, possibly The Last Guardian, probably other unannounced projects]
Japan Studio recently released the PS4 launch title, Knack, but we wouldn’t be surprised if they have a handful of other PS4 games in the pipeline as well. One such title could well be Team Ico’s The Last Guardian, which was officially announced for PS3 at E3 2009, but has since disappeared into the ether, with Sony waiting for the appropriate time to re-announce it. The question is: will it be re-announced as a PS4 game?
London Studio [The Playroom, unannounced project]
In recent years, London Studio has concentrated mainly on casual games, including SingStar, PlayStation Home and Wonderbook. The team’s latest creation was The Playroom, an augmented reality game which utilises the PS camera and comes pre-installed on all PS4 consoles. It goes without saying that the studio is working on another project, though your guess is as good as ours in regard to what it might be.
Media Molecule [unannounced project]
At the PS4 announcement event in February, Media Molecule demonstrated a piece of software which allows players to create and animate detailed objects with the PS Move motion controller, although it wasn’t revealed exactly how this relates to their PS4 game. Recent rumours also suggest the team could be working on a new Parappa the Rapper game, although that doesn’t seem to fit into the PS Move/creation angle.
Naughty Dog [Uncharted]
Unless you’ve been away from the internet for the last week, you’ll know that Naughty Dog recently revealed an Uncharted game for the PS4 (see below), along with a teaser trailer which doesn’t really give much away. Many fans have suggested it may be set in the time of Sir Francis Drake himself, although this is unlikely considering that the trailer’s narrator speaks with a rather blatant American accent.
Polyphony Digital [unannounced project: probably Gran Turismo 7]
Although it hasn’t been officially announced, the existence of Gran Turismo 7 has been all but confirmed by Kazunori Yamauchi, the series’ creator, who has made at least a couple of overt references to the title. He also stated that, because the PS4 is so much easier to develop for, the wait for GT7 should be nowhere near as long as the six years it took to create GT5, or even the three years it took for GT6.
San Diego Studio [MLB: The Show 14]
The only PS4 game that we know San Diego Studio is currently developing is MLB: The Show 14, the latest iteration of the critically acclaimed baseball series, which promises to be most visually stunning MLB game yet. In the past, the team has also collaborated with Zindagi Games on several PS Move games on PS3, notably Sports Champions, so it’s certainly possible we’ll see something from that franchise on PS4 too.
Santa Monica Studio [unannounced project]
Santa Monica Studio is most famous for the God of War series, but the developer has had a hand in dozens of other PlayStation titles over the years. Right now, it’s a safe bet that its core team is working on a PS4 God of War game, but the studio is also currently collaborating with various independent developers on games like Everybody’s Gone to the Rapture, Hohokum and The Order: 1886.
Sucker Punch Productions [inFamous: Second Son]
Until now, the inFamous series has occupied the territory somewhere between ‘good’ and ‘not quite amazing’, always falling just short of the lofty heights of many other big PlayStation franchises. That’s all set to change with inFamous: Second Son on PS4 though, which has been generating a lot of buzz among journalists, with many touting it as the console’s best-looking game and possibly its first killer app.
Second Party Studios
Insomniac Games [unannounced project]
Insomniac is currently developing Sunset Overdrive for the Xbox One, but it’s unlikely that this is all they’re working on. The question is whether this second project is multi-platform, PS4-exclusive or Xbox-exclusive. We can almost certainly rule out the latter, and the studio’s first multi-platform title didn’t exactly amaze, so it could well be PS4-exclusive; we definitely wouldn’t say no to seeing Ratchet & Clank on PS4.
Quantic Dream [unannounced project]
In March, David Cage announced that Quantic Dream is working on a PS4 game, but we currently know absolutely nothing about it. Beyond: Two Souls left the possibility of a sequel wide open, but QD has never released a sequel for any of their games, so it will more than likely be a new IP. And if the studio’s Dark Sorcerer PS4 tech demo (see below) is anything to go by, it looks like they already have a good grip on the hardware.
Ready At Dawn Studios [The Order: 1886]
Announced at E3 2013, we still don’t really know much about The Order: 1886, other than the fact it is set in an alternate history version of London, where a group of knights protects the world from monsters. Despite beginning development in 2010, Ready At Dawn is yet to show any gameplay footage of the title; however, it’s due for release next year, so hopefully we won’t have to wait much longer before we see it in action.
Sanzaru Games [unannounced project]
After porting the Sly games to PS3, Sanzaru Games then worked on a brand new title, Sly Cooper: Thieves in Time. The studio is supposedly now working on a PS4 game, but we don’t currently know whether it’s related to Sly, another existing franchise, or a new IP entirely. We’ve personally got our fingers crossed for a Sanzaru-developed Jak and Daxter PS4 game. But then there are all those Crash Bandicoot rumours…