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PS4 - No Games, No Details, No Console

On 02/21/2013 at 03:08 AM by jjindie

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The PlayStation 4 reveal in New York is complete.  We didn't get to see the console, or very many games.  All we got was a great shot of some one holding a newly redesigned Dual Shock 4 controller, complete with a touch screen.  There were a few surprises in launch titles, or games revealed to be for the PS4 at some point.  I'm enthused about Diablo 3 on consoles.  But I felt a distinct lack of support for the PS4 from Sony's home nation, Japan.

It's still very early in the life of the PS4, but so far I can only count two Japanese studios among those listed as developing launch titles, or three if you count Square Enix's next Final Fantasy.  So we have Capcom's Deep Down and another counter-culture, effervescent indie game in the vein of Braid, Flower or Journey, entitled Knack by Studio Japan.  Am I sensing a theme with the names of these Sony backed, non AAA titles?  Journey, Braid, Flower, Flow, Fart and Knack.  (Note: Fart is not an actual title.)  Like I said, it's early.  But I think Sony is shooting themselves in the foot by not revealing more about the games we really want to see and play, such as the Last Guardian.

I know very little about economics, but what I do know is that the marketplace is driven by consumer confidence and certainty about the future.  They want to know what they're getting, when it's available, where they can get it and how much it will cost.  The PS4 reveal gave us none of this.  But it's not unusual for a new console to be revealed but still steeped in just as much mystery as before.  It usually ends up being a mistake, but not unusual.

I think most of Japan and the developers that shifted to mobile or casual gaming thought of the last generation, PS3 and Xbox 360, as a practice generation and introduction to HD.  Sony cannot afford to let important titles dangle in purgatory.  Neither can Square Enix.  Their latest entries in the Final Fantasy series, 13 & 14, have been disasters and they still refuse to give any information about Versus 13.  Cancel or continue, it's not a hard decision to make.  If it was me in charge, I'd fire everyone at Team Ico, bury the game, and simply move on.  Five year development cycles waste everyone's time and money and is inexcusable.

I want this game!

It wasn't just Sony first party developers and giant uber studios that flaked out on joing the HD era in a confident manner.  Atlus, the great developer of JRPGs like the Shin Megami Tensei and Persona series, had just one entry on the PS3, and that was Catherine.  Atlus themseleves claimed it was a practice game of sorts, building an all new engine that would power their future titles.  Still no word on Persona 5.  Sega was positioning themselves to sit right along side Atlus with great JRPGs, like Valkyria Chronicles on PS3.  But all of it's sequels ended up on handhelds.  Sega might come back to PS4 with another Sonic game rumored to be in development.  But I don't want another Sonic the Hedgehog game.  I want the Last Guardian, Persona 5, Valkyria Chronicles 2 in HD and maybe Six Days in Fallujah.  Whatever happended to that?

A lot of the fault goes to third party developers and publishers for their issues with staying relevant.  It's not entirely because of Sony or Microsoft and HD hardware.  The last generation was a strange one.  Epic development cycles and ballooning budgets led to delays and closures of games studios.  Naughty Dog's the Last of Us and Grand Theft Auto V are delayed.  THQ went bankrupt  and Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning developers Big Huge Games and 38 Studios were shutdown after a mignight move, abandoing their offices and leaving Curt Shilling with a massive debt.  Some studios never even tried to join the HD era.  And now we have the second iteration of the HD era, the PS4 with still the same developers producing the same games.  Another Killzone.  Another Infamous.  I might be the only one, but those are not the reasons I bought a PS3 nor the reason I would want a PS4.  Nor do I care about social media integration and taking snapshots of my games with a button that replaces the 'start' and 'select' buttons.  Call me old school, but the only thing I want is games.  All sorts of games.

Sony is in a better place than Microsoft to help heal the rift developing between the HD consoles and all the indie outlets like PSN/Xbox Live games, mobile gaming, and cheesy Facebook one hit wonders.  Sony has all the firsty party developers and a better reputation with hardcore gamers.  But PS4 dents that a little, at least for me.  Maybe I'm the only one who feels this way.  I gave up on Nintendo a long time ago.  And if Sony makes progress with their tech for everything but games on their next console, I may have to move on as well.  Valve?  Apple?  PC?

I want the Last Guardian, Persona 5, Six Days in Fallujah, Final Fantasy 15, Dark Souls 2.  In HD.  And I want everyone to join, moving forward together.



Travis Hawks Senior Editor

02/21/2013 at 09:04 AM

Those all seem like valid concerns.  Hopefully by E3 we'll see a few more things to give us confidence.  I am certain there will be some decent games at launch and then a giant lull with nothing coming out, so prepare yourself for that! 


02/22/2013 at 09:47 AM

Just one day later and more games being revealed.  the Witcher 3 for PS4.  It's getting a little better.  There's tons of studios rumored to be working on games for PS4, but not a lot of details yet.  It's early.  E3 should be fun!

Jesse Miller Staff Writer

02/22/2013 at 11:20 AM

E3 should be fun this year, but that conference left me completely underwhelmed.  The Witcher 3 is kind of a big deal to be hitting consoles, but I'd rather play that on the PC, I think.  I wouldn't be surprised if you start seeing an exodus from the console scene to the PC.

Jon Lewis Staff Writer

02/22/2013 at 03:16 PM

I wouldnt say that I was underwhelmed by the conference; I found it to be rather interesting due to the potential it shows, but I wasn't necessarily wowed. I was kind of impressed by KZ4, until i remembered it was just Killzone. And sadly for me, the only game I really got excited for was inFamous, but its not going to push me to buy it on day one. I too need to see more games that I care about. Naughty Dog's next project, a new, Full Fledged Ratchet and Clank, The Last Guardian and the Square Enix M.I.A games FFvs13 and KH3. I feel we will see some of these titles sooner than later though, hopefully at E3. I do feel like overall PS4 isn't doing anything that interesting and innovative that makes me want it, but the fact that it is more powerful could make for some interesting titles.

Julian Titus Senior Editor

02/22/2013 at 03:28 PM

I'm just surprised at everyone complaining about how little was shown. Don't you remember how these things go? I was expecting the event to spend about 30 minutes on Vita and PS3, and then give the new system name, show a controller, a tech demo or two, and maybe a trailer for a single game. As it was, I was surprised that they showed as much as they did. I think they could have cut David Cage and Square Enix because they didn't really add anything to the proceedings, but otherwise it was a satisfying display.


03/03/2013 at 06:56 PM

I want  The Last Guardin! If someone would just breath some life back into this game.

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