You know, it seems like for the longest time the world was so excited about the PS4 launching this year that none of us gave any speculation to which games would be announced next year. We have plenty of awesome games that are set to be released sometime next year, such as Thief, Watch Dogs, The Division, Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes and Phantom Pain, and so much more. It’s going to be an awesome year for PS4 owners in 2014, yet I predict we’re still going to be in for a few surprises in the coming year. Which games are going to be announced next year? Let’s take a look.
The Last of Us will be announced for the PS4, playable by the end of the year
That’s a heck of a bold statement, right? It sure seems like it, yet it’s a definite possibility. Keep in mind that Gaikai and Sony’s cloud-based streaming service is supposed to go live mid-2014 with the promise of players being able to experience PS3/PS2/PS1 games on their PS4. Thus, what better way to showcase the power of this service than by releasing arguably the best and most beautiful PS3 game of 2013 than by announcing The Last of Us as one of the first games available via Gaikai? Moreover, Sony is certainly going to want to showcase this technology early – within the first few months of Gaikai going live. Therefore, expect to be playing The Last of Us and a few other classic PlayStation titles by the end of 2014.
The Last Guardian will finally get a release date
Believe it or not, but we have been waiting for a firm release date regarding The Last Guardian for the better half of a decade. One of the most hyped games that was scheduled to hit the PS3 when the console launched in 2006, The Last Guardian has seen delay after delay to the point that many have given up on every playing the game to begin with. Yet, the game has never been on hiatus, so why the constant delays? The only logical answer is SCE has been re-engineering it to be released on the PS4. With so many years in development and the PS4 hitting its first stride in 2014, the timing is right for The Last Guardian to be released. I predict we will either see an announcement at this year’s E3 or Tokyo Game Show in late September, with a tentative release in 2015.
Crash Bandicoot is going to return
There are rumors circulating that Activision is either about to reboot the Crash Bandicoot series or they are going to sell the IP to another publisher (perhaps Naughty Dog will buy it back). At any rate, expect some sort of announcement regarding a new Crash Bandicoot sometime this year.
Hideo Kojima will announce a new, non-Metal Gear game
My wildcard in this set of predictions, I have suspicion that Kojima is going to make a huge announcement by the end of the year regarding a new game that doesn’t involve the Metal Gear franchise. He’s very proud of the Fox Engine and rightfully so as it looks incredible. So why would he choose to use the Fox Engine for only two Metal Gear games? Add to the fact that Kojima isn’t getting any younger (he just hit 50 years old this year, so retirement is probably something he’s contemplating more and more) and he has a new console to showcase his best work to come on, and you have the ingredients for a surprise Kojima announcement.
What will the game be? A new, stand-alone IP? Possibly, but my hope is we will finally see the sequel to the original Snatcher. Kojima has had written plans for the sequel for years, and you have to know that he wants to see the game realized before he retires.
CD Projekt RED’s newest IP, Cyberpunk 2077 will get a release date
CD Projekt RED is known for their amazing series The Witcher, and with their flagship franchise ending in 2014, CD Projekt RED is going to be looking toward the future. It has been known for a while that their next IP is going to be based off the legendary Cyberpunk pen-and-paper RPG, with the first installment being entitled Cyberpunk 2077, yet they haven’t given a release date yet. While they have stated it will not be released until 2015 at the earliest, expect an actual release date to be announced by the end of the summer. However, don’t expect to play it until the end of 2015 or Q1/Q2 of 2016.
Media Molecule is going to announce its next big game
And it isn’t going to be the next installment in the LittleBigPlanet franchise either. This is going to be its own beast, and it is going to be Media Molecule’s biggest game to date. It’s going to be mind-blowing in true Media Molecule fashion, and the best part? They are going to announce a release date of 2015.
I’ll turn the conversation over to you guys. Which games/release dates do you think will be announced in 2014? Likewise, which games/release dates do you hope to be announced in 2014? Let us know in the comments below!
Article by - Dusty W.
Insert Date: 12/23/2013