Now that the dust has settled after an eventful E3 last week, we thought now would be a good time to revisit one of our articles from last November, and discuss all the PS4 games we know Sony is currently working on. We’ve compiled all the facts and rumours, to create what is hopefully a fairly comprehensive look at all the games we could be playing in the next two years and beyond.
Upcoming… unannounced project
Unfortunately there’s not really much to say about Sony Bend’s upcoming PS4 game, because we still don’t know anything more than we did a few months ago. It’s been seven long years since the last Syphon Filter game though, so our best bet is still a reboot of that franchise.
It’s fair to say that Driveclub hasn’t had the easiest of rides since it was announced at the beginning of last year. Evolution’s ambitious social racing game was originally a PS4 launch title, but was delayed at the last minute, and given a vague ‘early 2014’ release date, before eventually being announced for October. Not only was it delayed by nearly a year, but early previews suggested that, when it finally does materialise, it will be a disappointment. However, the word out of E3 is that the game now looks and plays brilliantly, so we’re still holding out hope for Driveclub.
Guerrilla Games/Guerrilla Cambridge
Released… Killzone: Shadow Fall | Upcoming… Killzone: Shadow Fall Intercept, unannounced project(s)
After the successful launch of Killzone: Shadow Fall, one arm of Guerrilla Games is focusing on DLC for that game (such as the Intercept expansion, which adds online co-op to the game, and will also see a standalone release later this year). However, the main bulk of the studio is reportedly creating a new IP, which has been in development for several years. Meanwhile, its sister studio, Guerrilla Cambridge, is also developing a PS4 game, but details are currently thin on the ground; something Killzone-related would definitely make the most sense though.
Released… Knack, The Playroom | Upcoming… Deep Down (with Capcom), Bloodborne (with From Software), The Last Guardian, unannounced project(s)
Even after seven months, we still maintain that Knack was a ridiculously underrated PS4 launch title, which received a lot of undeserved criticism. But anyway, enough of the past; onto the future! Unfortunately, we still don’t know what Japan Studio’s core team is working on, but we do know that the studio is also developing the PS4-exclusive RPGs Deep Down and Bloodborne, with Capcom and From Software respectively. It’s also pretty much guaranteed that, if The Last Guardian is still in development at Team Ico (and we’re sure it is), then by now it will have become a PS4 title.
Upcoming… SingStar: Ultimate Party, various Project Morpheus titles
A few weeks ago, London Studio announced that it is bringing its popular karaoke series to PS4, in the form of SingStar: Ultimate Party, which will make use of the PS camera and allow smartphones to be used as microphones via a companion app. However, perhaps more interestingly, the studio is also heavily involved with Project Morpheus, and has so far revealed two demos to the public, including The Deep (a cage-diving simulator, in which you get attacked by a shark) and Street Luge (which sees you hurtling down a road as you dodge cars).
Upcoming… unannounced project
Before E3, we would’ve bet money that Media Molecule’s new game would get shown, but unfortunately that wasn’t the case, so we still have no idea what it is. All eyes are now on Gamescom in August for a reveal. The studio is presumably also involved with LittleBigPlanet 3 in some way, as the creators of the series, even though the title is actually being developed by Sumo Digital.
Upcoming… The Last of Us Remastered, Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End
What can you say about Naughty Dog? Last year’s release of The Last of Us on PS3 cemented the studio’s position as one of the finest developers in the world, and we have no doubt that The Last of Us Remastered will do the same when it is released on PS4 next month. Of course, we also have Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End to look forward to, which arguably stole the show at E3 two weeks ago; not just because it looked phenomenal, but also because of its ever-so-slightly worrying title.
Pixel Opus is the newest addition to Sony’s Worldwide Studios. Unusually, its first game, Entwined, was announced and released on the same day, and blends stunning presentation with addictive gameplay. It’s obviously far too early to discuss what the studio may be working on next, as they may not even know themselves, but we’re looking forward to hearing about it nonetheless.
Upcoming… unannounced project
Considering that Polyphony Digital is known almost exclusively for the Gran Turismo series, it should go without saying that the studio is currently working on a GT game for PS4. Even though it hasn’t been officially announced yet (perhaps so it doesn’t steal thunder from Driveclub), Kazunori Yamauchi has made several overt references to the title since the PS3 release of GT6 last December. Come to think of it, maybe we’ll see a PS4 port of that game, just like The Last of Us.
San Diego Studio
Released… MLB: The Show 14
Having just released MLB: The Show 14 on PS4, it’s probably safe to assume that San Diego Studio is now looking towards MLB: The Show 15. However, the team does occasionally stray away from its acclaimed baseball franchise (notably with the Sports Champions series for PlayStation Move on PS3), so it’s not impossible that they are also working on something else.
Santa Monica Studio
Upcoming… Hohokum (with Honeyslug), The Order: 1886 (with Ready at Dawn), Everybody’s Gone to the Rapture (with The Chinese Room), unannounced project
Like Japan Studio, we know a lot about the games that Santa Monica Studio is co-creating with other developers (Hohokum with Honeyslug, The Order: 1886 with Ready at Dawn, and Everybody’s Gone to the Rapture with The Chinese Room), but we still don’t have a clue what its main team’s project is. The obvious guess would be for a new God of War game (especially with game director Cory Barlog’s history with the series), but at the end of the day that’s all it is; just a guess.
Sony Online Entertainment
Released… DC Universe Online | Upcoming… PlanetSide 2, EverQuest Next, H1Z1
Though technically not part of Worldwide Studios, as the name implies SOE is still owned by Sony, so we thought we’d include it here anyway. Mostly known for developing MMOs, the studio’s PlayStation titles have always been viewed as somewhat secondary to its larger PC projects. That’s all set to change with the PS4 though – presumably thanks to its PC-like architecture – as the developer has already released DC Universe Online on the console, which will be followed by PlanetSide 2 later this year. Beyond that, EverQuest Next and the recently revealed H1Z1 are also coming to PS4, although we’re not expecting either of them to arrive any time soon.
Sucker Punch Productions
Released… inFAMOUS: Second Son | Upcoming… inFAMOUS: First Light
If you told us five years ago how good open-world games would look on PS4, we wouldn’t have believed you. The achievement of inFAMOUS: Second Son is made all the more impressive considering that it arrived only four months into the console’s life, which bodes extremely well for the future. As the upcoming standalone expansion to Second Son, inFAMOUS: First Light looks to continue that trend, telling the tale of Fetch: a non-playable conduit character from the main game, who becomes obsessed with killing drug dealers after the death of her brother.