Between Driveclub, Bloodborne, The Order: 1886, Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End and many other titles, gamers have a lot to look forward to on PS4 over the next year. But what about beyond that? Sony is still keeping many cards up its sleeve, as there are plenty of games we know the company is working on, even if we don’t know exactly what they are. So, let’s take a look at the PS4 games that could be revealed in the near future.
Where better to start than with the giant elephant in the room, otherwise known as The Last Guardian. Unbelievably, it’s been five years since the title was announced at E3 2009, and an astonishing nine years since the release of developer Team Ico’s last game. And yet, somehow, we’re still waiting. Honestly, I don’t know why Sony doesn’t just come out and say that it is now being developed for PlayStation 4. I wouldn’t even need a trailer; just the promise that it is coming would be enough!
And there are many other SCE Worldwide Studios with unannounced PlayStation 4 projects too. For example, I’d bet money that Polyphony Digital is working on Gran Turismo 7, which has been alluded to on several occasions by studio head Kazunori Yamauchi. Considering the series’ track record (no pun intended), I also wouldn’t be surprised to see something GT-related on PS4 before the full game arrives; be it an extended demo, the next GT Academy challenge, or even GT7 Prologue.
If rumours are to be believed, we also know a little about Guerrilla Games’ upcoming title. It’s common knowledge that the studio is working on a new IP, but until a couple of weeks ago we had no idea what it was. However, some leaked concept art has been floating around the internet, which allegedly shows the developer’s current project, known as Horizon. The images feature a tribal people attacking a mechanical dinosaur, and – if genuine – the game should be awesome. Meanwhile, Guerrilla’s sister studio, Guerrilla Cambridge, is most likely working on a new Killzone title.
It’s also safe to assume that San Diego Studio is working on MLB: The Show 15, but it’s much harder to pin down the current projects of Bend Studio and Santa Monica Studio. The latter is most famous for God of War, so the team could obviously be bringing that franchise to PS4 or, of course, it could be something entirely different. Meanwhile, Bend is the creator of the Syphon Filter series, but has more recently developed Resistance: Retribution on PSP and Uncharted: Golden Abyss on Vita. I’ve got no idea what they’re working on, although a Syphon Filter reboot would be amazing!
Many of Sony’s first-party developers are large enough to work on more than one game at a time, so just because they have already announced an upcoming title doesn’t mean they’re not also working on something else. One such studio is Naughty Dog. We know that half of the studio is busy making Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End, but the other half (the TLOU team) could literally be doing anything. Possibilities include The Last of Us 2, a new Jak and Daxter game or a new IP.
In a similar position is Media Molecule. The developer recently announced Tearaway Unfolded, a PS4 version of their hit PS Vita title, but the studio’s other upcoming game is still shrouded in mystery. It’s definitely not LittleBigPlanet 3, as that game is being created by independent developer Sumo Digital; however, all the signs point to something similarly creative (possibly involving the PlayStation Move motion controller). My guess is an LBP-esque game that allows you to build fully 3D environments, rather than LBP’s largely 2.5D worlds.
Away from Worldwide Studios, Sony has strong ties to many independent developers, several of which are yet to announce their current projects. Notably, it’s no secret that Quantic Dream is currently working on a PS4 game, although details are pretty much non-existent. The Dark Sorcerer tech demo from E3 2013 shows the visual fidelity we can expect to see, but the content of the video itself doesn’t necessarily have anything to do with their next project. A safe bet would be on a new IP (in 17 years, the studio has never made a sequel), but it really could be anything.
There have also been a lot of rumours over the last few months, involving one of Quantic Dream’s last-gen titles – Beyond: Two Souls – coming to PlayStation 4. Sony is remaining tight-lipped, but considering that The Last of Us recently released on the system, seeing Beyond on PS4 is certainly possible. Even the Uncharted trilogy has been mentioned as a candidate for a 1080p 60fps makeover, so who knows which Sony-published PS3 games we’ll see on PS4 in the future.
So, to recap, here’s everything condensed down into a handy table (to give a fair overview, we’ve also included Sony’s other studios, even if they weren’t mentioned in this article):
As you can see, Sony has at least ten (but almost certainly more) PS4 games in development that are yet to be announced. By my estimation, around half of those projects should just about be gearing up for a reveal, so we’ll have to wait and see if any of my predictions prove correct.