If you listen to the whispers around the Interweb, by all accounts Sony is most certainly launching the PlayStation 4/Orbis later this year. With a major console release slated holiday 2013, it only makes sense that Sony is hard at work on its launch lineup.
Several of Sony’s top tier first party studios have gone dark, with some quiet for over two years. While known third party in-flight PS3 exclusives have completely dropped off the radar as well.
Here is our list of our top 5 highly anticipated titles for the launch of the PlayStation 4:
5) Final Fantasy Versus XIII
Versus is a well known PS3 exclusive that has been in development for quite some time. The game has progressed far enough to a point where Square Enix was able to demo the openworld RPG at the Tokyo Game Show two years back. The demo was described as having a Fallout-like feel crossed with Final Fantasy XII. The game brings back the world hub and air travel of the golden years. However, news of the game’s development completely dropped off except the occasional cryptic messages indicating that it was still in development.
I suspect that Sony and Square Enix quietly agreed to release this highly anticipated title on the PS4 as part of its launch lineup.
4) Gran Turismo 6
Gran Turismo 5 recently crossed the 9.2 million mark, making it the best selling racer this generation. GT5 managed to come close to the total sales figure for the entire Forza franchise which stands around 12 million spanning two consoles. The Gran Turismo franchise is now quickly approaching the 70 million mark.
At the GT5 Asia Championship 2012 event, Kazunori Yamauchi revealed that he was working on GT6 but refused to even provide a target release year or decade.
3) Killzone 4/New IP
Just a couple months ago Guerrilla Games popped its head over to the PlayStation Blog to wish everyone happy holidays and to tease something big for 2013. According to Victor Zuylen, Killzone Community Editor 2013 will be the biggest year ever for the studio, hinting at a major game release or announcement this year.
Whether its Killzone 4 or a new IP altogether its still quite a mystery, but considering the caliber of the studio it will be something to look forwards to.
2) God of War Open World RPG/MMO
It has been known for some time that Sony Santa Monica has split its team with one working on God of War: Ascension led by Todd Papy and the other, a secret project headed up by God of War III Game Director, Stig Asmussen. According to David Jaffe, creator of the God of War series, Stig is “doing cool stuff” currently at Sony Santa Monica.
John Hight, Sony Santa Monica’s Director of Product Development once said on Gametrailers Bonus Round, that they were looking towards Blizzard for aspirations on its next project. When asked as to what the next game was he teased that there are many possibilities in the God of War universe that can be explored and talked about “worlds.”
An open world game based in ancient Greece, with RPG elements and God of War gameplay could offer something truly unique.
1) Rockstar’s Agent
Agent was first teased back in 2007 and was officially announced in 2009 at E3. The game takes place during the Cold War era and delves deeply into the “the world of counter-intelligence, espionage and political assassinations.”
How this game came to be a PlayStation exclusive is a long story which we won’t get into here. However, Take Two reiterated during its fiscal Earnings call that the PS3 exclusive title Agent was still very much in development. As it currently stands, Rockstar essentially “owes Sony one” and Sony probably worked it out with Rockstar to leverage Agent as a AAA launch window title for the PS4.
Ben Feder, former president of Take-Two stated:
The game, like anything from Rockstar North, is going to be very, very cool. It’s going to push the edge, it’s going to be genre-defining and it’s going to be a whole new way of experiencing videogames that we haven’t really seen before.
Sam Houser, founder of Rockstar stated that Agent was the type of game the studio has wanted to make for some time and will deliver a truly unique experience. Sam and Dan Houser are both said to be overseeing the project personally. With so much secrecy around this title, its more than likely a next gen title that both publisher and Sony have agreed to keep quiet on for now.
Uncharted 4 - Naughty Dog’s two team setup allows one side of the house to develop The Last of Us, while the other side has been working quietly on something for the PS4. A recent discovery by All Things Uncharted hints at a possible Uncharted 4 game in the works. Graham McTavish, voice actor of Charlie Cutter tweeted that he started a new project which is “very hush-hush” and hinted at the return of Charlie Cutter.
The Last Guardian – as much as it pains me to say this, I believe this game will be a PS4 title. If true, there will undoubtedly be howling in the streets from fans of team ICO. We know that the game is very close to finishing development but as to why Sony has gone dark on the title could only mean a PS4 release. I’m sure Sony will come back telling us how much it will be worth it to play it on the PS4 in all of its magnificent next gen glory.
Stay tuned for the Xbox 720 Fantasy List coming soon!