We all know that 2015 is going to be full to bursting with incredible games, but I thought it would be fun to discuss which games we might be playing on PlayStation 4 beyond that. Here are ten development studios who could potentially reveal upcoming games later this year.
Bethesda Game Studios
Shockingly, it’s been over three years since we first set foot in the mountainous Nord homeland of Skyrim, way back in November 2011. Unless the developer decides to surprise us with a new IP, the two most likely options for Bethesda Game Studios’ next game are The Elder Scrolls VI or Fallout 4. Either way, I doubt we’ll have long to wait before we see for ourselves.
Killzone: Shadow Fall was released over a year ago, as a launch title for the PlayStation 4. However, it’s been common knowledge for a while that Guerrilla Games has also been working on a new IP – working title, Horizon – for the last three years, so fingers crossed we see a proper announcement this year. A handful of leaked screenshots show a tribal people battling mechanical dinosaurs; a concept that should sound ridiculous, but actually sounds awesome.
Another of Sony’s first-party studios, everyone knows that Media Molecule is busy creating Tearaway Unfolded on PS4. However, its main team has also been working on another game, which was tentatively announced a couple of years ago at the PS4 reveal event. I say ‘tentatively’, because although we know it exists, we still have absolutely no idea what it is, or even if it’s a new IP.
Technically, Polyphony Digital’s next game has already been announced – studio head Kazunori Yamauchi has made numerous references to Gran Turismo 7 since GT6’s release in December 2013 – but what we’re still waiting for is a full reveal. As great as Driveclub is, the PS4 is crying out for a truly next-generation racer (which preferably works at launch), so let’s hope GT7 fills that gap.
We’ve known for a couple of years that Quantic Dream has been working on a PS4 game, but the studio’s love of new IPs means it is very difficult to predict what it might be; perhaps the E3 2013 Dark Sorcerer tech demo gives a few clues? I’ve also lost count of how many times I’ve written about the rumoured PS4 port of Beyond: Two Souls, so hopefully we’ll hear more about that soon too.
Rockstar San Diego
Pretty much every Rockstar studio had a hand in creating the gaming behemoth of Grand Theft Auto V, but we have to assume that many of them are also working on their own projects. One such team is Rockstar San Diego, the creator of the Midnight Club and Red Dead franchises. Given the runaway success of 2010’s Red Dead Redemption, I’d imagine that the idea of a sequel was a no-brainer.
Rockstar Vancouver (most famous for Bully and Max Payne 3) was recently merged with fellow Canadian studio Rockstar Toronto. The most obvious reason for this expansion is, of course, because the team is currently working on a new game of its own, and the Vancouver department was brought in to facilitate its development. However, as to what it is, your guess is as good as mine.
SCE Bend Studio
It’s been over two years since the release of SCE Bend Studio’s latest game, so its upcoming PS4 project must be well into development by now. Most famous for creating Syphon Filter, in recent years the team has developed games in the Resistance and Uncharted series, so perhaps a revival of one of Sony’s other big franchises on PS4 is a safe bet. Hopefully we’ll find out soon!
SCE Santa Monica Studio
At the PlayStation Experience event last December, Shannon Studstill – head of Sony Santa Monica – introduced three new games from the studio’s external development partners. However, she conveniently didn’t touch upon what Santa Monica’s core team is presently working on. Thankfully, PSX also featured a God of War retrospective panel, during which Cory Barlog accidently let slip that his top secret PS4 project is indeed GOW-related; all we need now is a proper reveal.
A popular theory claims that Valve has an aversion to the number three, due to the fact that in its 19-year history, the company has never released a third numbered title in any of its franchises. As it has been a year and a half since the studio’s latest game (Dota 2), and nearly four years since its last full retail release (Portal 2), surely Gabe must be gearing up for an announcement.