PS4: Every Game Detailed – Confirmed & Rumoured
We rundown all the new next-gen PS4 games that we know about so far…
The first PS4 game has been shown off at Sony’s PlayStation conference – Knack. The game, created by Mark Cerny, who has worked on every PlayStation since the original, is a child-friendly action title for PS4.
An action adventure platformer Knack looks like good solid fun, if not quite the next-gen experience we were expecting straight away. Sony did use Knack to show off how players will be able to use Gaikai to stream PS4 games to the PS Vita.
Killzone: Shadow Fall
By far one of the most visually impressive games to be shown at Sony’s PS4 reveal, Guerrilla Games’ Killzone: Shadow Fall showed just what FPS fans could expect. With incredible detail and intricate environments and characters, Shadow Fall impressed with every frame.
But, it also managed to look like actual gameplay, rather than the smoke and mirrors debut of a certain PS3 Killzone 2 video. Here it was obvious that Guerrilla was presenting in-game footage. Even the nifty cover mechanic was back and given whoever was playing the chance to duck behind walls as the Helghast tried to pump them full of bullets.
Check out the stunning new Killzone: Shadow Fall screens.
Another impressive new game that showed just what the PS4 could do visually as well as socially with its new social networking and sharing options. Evolution Studios, the team behind Motorstorm, has revealed the sim racer which is all about driving ‘the best cars in the world’ and also about people.
The game is the title that has been rumoured recently online, a sim racer developed in the west. The title focuses on team play; the entire game is about racing in real clubs all around the world and rewards you for playing in clubs.
The game will also support challenge integration via phones – ’24/7 untethered access to your challenge, any time, home or away’, according to Matt Southern, Evolution Studios dev.
The Henessey Venom GT and a Koenigsegg were shown off, with ‘each individual thread in the weave of the carbon fibre’ and ‘lenses that refract the real roads underneath’, have been modelled. Evolution also revealed that Drive Club has been in the planning for ten years.
Check out Drive Club’s impressive new screens.
InFamous: Second Son
After focusing on the increase in surveillance cameras in the UK and how much we as a society are watched by the powers that be Sucker Punch posited the question: what would happen in an overly watched society if people with super powers suddenly revealed themselves?
Well, if the InFamous: Second Son footage is anything to go by, tons of explosions and open world action. Infamous: Second Son seems to be an interesting twist on the super hero genre mixing incredible visuals with a compelling hook.
The reveal video didn’t show what kind of game Second Son will be, but it’s more than likely to be a third-person action game, possibly set in an open world just like the other Infamous games.
The trailer showed a heavily militarised Seattle and asks the question ‘what would happen if super heroes existed and how will the world react?’ Well, it might involve lots of explosions and tons of action.
Infamous: Second Son is a PS4 exclusive and stars Delsin Rowe as the lead character, who looks like he’s ready to cause all sorts of trouble.
Check out InFamous: Second Son’s images.
Deep Down (working title)
Capcom revealed that it was working on fantasy-based action game with the working title of Deep Down. It wasn’t clear if it was an RPG in the same vein as Dragon’s Dogma or Dark Souls, but it did look very heavily influenced by the recent pair of dark fantasy RPGs.
What it did show was a lone soldier (with amazing facial detail) face-off against a classic, fire-breathing dragon. Smashing through scenery and showing just what could be achieved on the PS4, Deep Down was enough to make any Darks Souls fan drool.
Ubisoft wheeled out Watch Dogs again and though it showed gameplay very similar to what we saw last year at E3, it was still very impressive stuff. Ubisoft also revealed that Watch Dogs will launch on PS4 when it is released and will take full advantage of the impressive new graphical capabilities.
Watch Dogs will allow players to invade people’s privacy in an advanced open world.
The new gameplay footage reveals a stunning open world with an incredible number of unique ways that players can hack into people’s mobile phones and manipulating the information.
The gameplay is similar to the E3 demo shown last year, but now that Watch Dogs has been confirmed for the PS4, the impressive footage can really show off what Ubisoft’s game can do.
The Watch Dogs footage showed an amazingly detailed open world with large numbers of NPCs and characters and even a chase through a building that appeared totally improvised. It also showed that players will be able to indulge in a spot of free running.
Using your tech and manipulating the environment around you to evade police appears to be key to success.
Blizzard revealed that not only is Diablo 3 coming to the PS4, but it’ll also be available on the PS3, too. Focusing on couch-based multiplayer, Diablo 3 on the PS4 will let up to four players work together.
Taking the chance to use the PS4’s new tech, Blizzard is also making a few enhancements to the engine, too. It’s a classic PC franchise used to mouse and keyboard control, but Blizzard is redesigning the controls to work seamlessly with the new PS4 controller.
Though there was no word on whether or not Diablo 3 would utilise the new touch-controls, the very fact that Diablo 3 is on its way to consoles is good news.
Bungie’s highly anticipated new game, Destiny, might be defined as ‘shared world shooter’, but PS4 players will be happy to hear that Destiny will have content exclusive to the PS3 and PS4.
Though Bungie failed to show much in the way of gameplay – much to the chagrin of gamers the world over – it made up for it today by revealing in-game footage of Destiny on the PS4. Though it wasn’t played real-time.
Activision described Destiny as the “perfect fit for PS4”, touting the next-gen console’s ability to connect to multiple devices as a key reason.
Bungie also came on stage and announced that PlayStation gamers will have access to exclusive content when Destiny launches, with both the PS3 and PS4 earning unique customisation equipment.
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt
CD Projekt RED has revealed that The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt will launch on the PS4 and deliver the ‘pinnacle’ of the Witcher series.
Head of CD Projekt, Adam Badowski, said:
“We were thrilled when asked, several months ago, to be one of the developers who were granted early access to the PlayStation 4. It was an exciting moment to be invited to be in the company of other legendary developers like Bethesda, EA, LucasArts, Ubisoft or Activision as one of the teams working on titles shipping early in the PlayStation 4’s lifecycle.”
“We are able to work with the new console from its birth and this allows our in-house REDengine 3 to push the graphical limits of what the PlayStation hardware can display. The console is fresh and has some innovative solutions that we’re looking forward to using in our game.”
Braid developer Jonathan Blow was something of a surprise appearance for Sony and his reveal that The Witness would debut on the PS4 was genuinely unexpected. Blow’s new game mixes stunning visuals and unique puzzle/exploration gameplay to produce something entirely new.
With an emphasis on blowing things up and focusing on the quieter moments The Witness is Blow’s middle finger to the triple-A gaming scene and with it debuting on the PS4, is evidence that Sony is keen to offer gaming experiences for all tastes.
Media Molecule ‘creative’ game
We don’t yet have a name for Media Molecule’s spiritual successor to its LittleBigPlanet games, but we did get a tantalising look at what its gameplay might look like.
Showing off how players will be able to use the PlayStation Move to mould characters out of virtual clay (using the new PS4 camera), Media Molecule was clear that anyone would be able to make and share content.
Describing the PS4 as the ‘creative console’ Media Molecule’s game will give players the chance at creating content, though it’s not quite clear what kind of content.
LittleBigPlanet was clearly a platform game at its heart, but this new PS4 title seems much more ambiguous. At the PS4 reveal two players were seen creating puppet characters with the Move controllers and then making them dance around in some sort of weird theatre installation project.
It’s certainly intriguing, but without the simple hook that LittleBigPlanet brought to proceedings it’s difficult to understand exactly what Media Molecule’s new game really is. But it is obviously hugely ambitious.
New Final Fantasy
Shinji Hashimoto, Brand Director for Final Fantasy, arrived at the PS4 reveal and showed us the same impressive in-engine Luminous Studios demo that was revealed last year at E3, but he did also reveal that Square was working on a new Final Fantasy.
This might be obvious, but it’s still really big news and something fans of the series will have been dying to find out. If it can look like the in-engine demo, then the next Final Fantasy will be on par with Advent Children.
Quantic Dream Title
David Cage’s Beyond: Two Souls is still on its way to the PS3, but that doesn’t mean that Quantic Dream aren’t working on a game exclusively for the PS4. Cage revealed that only through the power of the PS4 can subtle human nuances and emotions be seen on virtual characters.
In fact, that’s exactly what the PS4 is allowing Cage to do, to realise his vision for cinematic, emotional gaming. Though Quantic Dream didn’t have a game to show off, Cage did show some in-engine footage of an old man’s head. That might not sound great, but this was one incredibly detailed head able to show really subtle emotions and real performances.
Oddworld Just Add Water Title
Oddworld developer Just Add Water is working on a new PS4 game, but we don’t know much about it. The UK studio did reach out to fans on the PS blog, saying:
“It’s been a while since we’ve done a proper update about JAW on the blog. We’ve been quietly building a team we’re proud of, finding the best talent to give Oddworld the care and attention it deserves.”
“In the last year, JAW has doubled in size, upgraded to bigger offices, released four games and the best is yet to come. You can see from our new team page how much talent and passion there is from this group of people.”
“By now you’ll have eagerly lapped up all the information from the Sony PlayStation announcement. You’ll have seen our name in the list of confirmed developers. We’re delighted to finally be able to tell you that JAW are developing for the Sony PlayStation 4. We can’t talk about what we’re working on just yet. Just be assured it’ll be worth the wait.”
Assassin’s Creed 4 (rumour)
Ubisoft hasn’t confirmed that Assassin’s Creed 4 is in the works, but with industry invites going out for an exclusive event in the UK next week, we could be about to see a next-gen Assassin’s Creed of some sort.
Will Ubisoft stick with the American Revolution or take gamers to a new timeframe with the power of the PS4? Only time will tell.