The PlayStation 4 is here!
Well, sort of. Despite a gigantic New York launch event being held last night, we still don’t know what the console looks like, nor the specifics of its internal hardware beyond a few snippets revealed last night.
What we do know is that there’s a massive list of developers already onboard and producing games for the console, with every major third party developer signed up to make PS4 games. We also got to see a whole bunch of work-in-progress PS4 titles last night, all of which can be seen below.
The complete list of titles revealed at the press event were:
- Knack (WWS Japan Studio)
- Killzone: Shadow Fall (WWS Guerrilla Games)
- Driveclub (WWS Evolution Studios)
- inFAMOUS Second Son (WWS Sucker Punch Productions)
- The Witness (Jonathan Blow)
- Watch Dogs (Ubisoft Entertainment)
- Deep Down (working title) (CAPCOM)
- Final Fantasy (working title) (Square Enix)
- Diablo III (Blizzard Entertainment, Inc.)
- Destiny (Activision Publishing, Inc./ Bungie, Inc.)
All but Square Enix’s new Final Fantasy title were on display in some shape or form (Square Enix instead showcased a next-gen tech demo). Read on for what to expect from the first batch of PS4 games!
From Mark Cerny, the brains behind the PS4’s design and puzzle classic Marble Madness comes Knack. An action puzzler with a cartoony art style, it’s about a robot “capable of explosive growth” that is enlisted to help humans in a war against goblins. The robot itself looks capable of growing by harvesting pieces of the world around him, not unlike the Katamari games.
Killzone: Shadow Fall
The next instalment in Guerrilla Games sci-fi shooter series, Killzone: Shadow Fall was one of the launches most impressive trailers from a technical perspective. Full of superb lighting effects and explosions, it looks to be set in a futuristic city that goes under siege from a terrorist force. Whilst the live demo was playing at the event, the new DualShock 4 controller’s lightbar changed colour throughout, suggesting it will give cues or clues as to what to do onscreen. Other than that it looked fairly standard shooter fare, with a minimal HUD giving way to lots and lots of killing.
Drive club features cars so realistic that you’ll be able to see minute lighting difference in the textures of the car’s leather interiors once the player has sat down in them. Incredibly realistic, it’s set to be played from a first-person perspective throughout and will have a focus on social based play.
inFAMOUS: Second Son
The next in the inFAMOUS superhero open world series, Second Son’s PS4 launch trailer didn’t appear to show any gameplay footage. It did show off some fancy fire effects however, as well as a world in the grips of a police state, with security cameras and tracking devices everywhere.
A new puzzle game from the brains behind the magnificent Braid, The Witness will launch initially as a PS4 exclusive. An open world game, but one that’s said to be smaller and more densely packed with activities than the genre usually is, it’s set on a beautifully stylised island.
Ubisoft’s exciting new Watch Dogs was finally confirmed to be headed to the PlayStation 4 console. An open-world tech-heavy game, it looks stunning. While the story is still shrouded in mystery, you’ll be able to hack people’s phones, electronic road blocks and public transport to suit your needs, with the game also looking to offer a free-running system not unlike Assassin’s Creed.
A stunning tech demo based on a forthcoming new IP from Capcom, Deep Down looks to be a fantasy action game in a similar vein to Capcom’s own Dragon’s Dogma, as well titles like Dark Soul and Skyrim. Keep an eye out for the Street Fighter teaser at the end too!
Square Enix (tech demo)
Square Enix disappointed a bit at the PS4 launch last night, showing off a tech demo for their next-gen Luminous Engine – the same clip they showed off at E3 last year. It looks fine, but not particularly next gen. Still, the promise of a new Final Fantasy game for the PS4 got us all excited.
Blizzard will return to consoles, bringing the popular PC action RPG Diablo III to the PS4. Though no gameplay footage was shown, expect it to look as good as Diablo III on a high-end PC, with the added bonus of 4-player local co-op. You can check out the announcement in the video above.
Another previously-announced title now confirmed for the PS4, ex-Halo developers Bungie will be bringing Destiny to the PlayStation 4. A persistent online social shooter with open-world mechanics, it looks incredibly ambitious. Bungie took last night to reveal the first gameplay footage from the game.
So what do you think? Looking next-gen enough for you? What’s your most hotly anticipated PlayStation 4 title? Let us know in the comments section below!
By Gerald Lynch | February 21st, 2013