The Definitive Rundown of Every Upcoming Playstation 4 Exclusive
While it may seem like a case of quantity vs quality at times, the amount of upcoming Playstation 4 games is absolutely staggering. However, it’s hard to keep track of every single exclusive, especially with the amount of variety and potential in these titles. With these suggestions set in place, let’s look at what really proves the Playstation 4’s presence next year and beyond.
*Releases are sorted in order. This list is also planned to be continuously updated as the months go by. (Non-Localized releases, console exclusives,and overall Playstation exclusives count as well)
Releases: Amplitude, Hardware Rivals, The Deadly Tower of Monsters, Yakuza Kiwami (Japan only), The Witness, Dragon Quest Builders (Japan only), Shadow Of The Beast (rumored)
Description: Although small on bigger releases, January’s lineup includes some long-awaited indie darlings and a couple of hefty Japanese only releases. Harmonix’s reboot of the PS2 rhythm classic Amplitude starts off the month, with the B-movie themed shooter The Deadly Tower of Monsters and vehicle combat game Hardware Rivals being soon to follow. The last big release of the month is Jonathan Blow’s The Witness, a first person puzzle game heralded in supposed mystery ever since it’s announcement five years ago. Best part? It’s been said the average player will take around 70–80 hours to beat it. A puzzling, but welcome start to the new year. Along with these releases are the Japanese arrivals of Dragon Quest Builders, Yakuza Kiwami, and the rumored release of the 2D God Of War like brawler Shadow of The Beast.
Releases: Digimon Cyber Sleuth, Firewatch, Gravity Rush Remastered, Attack on Titan (Japan only), Tohou Project: Adventures of a Scarlet Curiosity (Japan only), Street Fighter 5, Dead or Alive Xtreme 3 Fortune Edition (Japan & Asia only), Ninja Senki DX, Project Setsuna (Japan only)
Description: February gets a little bit smaller in comparison, unless you’re looking forward to mostly niche indies and Japanese titles, with Street Fighter 5 being the only reasonable exception. Firewatch is yet another FPX but with a refreshing wilderness setting and a sharp sense of humor, and Sony aims to bring back a forgotten cult-hits with remasters of the platformer Ninja Sensei and Gravity Rush. There’s also a lot of fan-service in February, with new Digimon, Tohou Project, and Attack on Titan games, the titillating Dead or Alive Xtreme 3, and an essential game for fans of anything like Chrono Trigger, Project Setsuna.
Releases: Heavy Rain Remastered, MLB 16:The Show, Nights of Azure, Star Ocean 5 (Japan only), Summon Night 6, (Japan only) Nobunaga’s Ambition: Sphere of Influence Sengoku Risshiden, (Japan only) Day of The Tentacle Remastered, Alienation (rumored)
Description: March continues Sony’s big guns, with the respective releases of MLB 16 and Alienation, and big name remastered titles such as Heavy Rain and Day of The Tentacle, one of the last and finest Lucasarts classics. There is also the fair share of niche titles like a new Nobunga’s Ambition. Alienation looks to be a classic Housemarque blast, and Nights of Azure, Summon Night 6 and Star Ocean 5 are both JRPG’s that could break new ground.
Releases:Ratchet & Clank, Nights of Azure,(European only), Uncharted 4:A Thief’s End
Description: While not as filled to the brim with titles as other months, April’s lineup is still remarkable, with two AAA exclusives releasing in the same month. Hey, Ratchet and Clank? You might want to push that release date. Nothing can compete against Uncharted 4.
Description:The one big stinker in Sony’s lineup, Sony currently does not have any releases for hardcore Playstation fans, outside of multiplatforms like Battleborn.
Releases:No Man’s Sky
Description: Another month we can imagine becoming filled up with exclusives, No Man’s Sky is the only applicable title at the moment. At this point in time, you’ve likely been drip-fed bits and pieces of info to this game to exhaustion, so we wouldn’t be surprised if Sony pulls some stops to fill this back up.
Releases: Guilty Gear Xrd- Revelator, Megadimension Neptunia VII, Moon Hunters, New Jikkyou Powerful Pro Baseball (Japan only), Nitroplus Blasterz: Heroines Infinite Duel, Odin Sphere Leifthrasir, Paragon, République, Senran Kagura:Estival Versus, The Tommorow Children, Umbrella Corps
Description: A lot more exclusives are coming to PS4 owners through out the first half of 2016, a nice off-set to the abundance of fan-servicey titles like Senran Kagura and Nitroplus Blasterz. The Tommorow Children sets to invigorate Minecraft-like genre-benders with a dystopian Soviet setting, and Paragon and Umbrella Corps will offer new alternatives to the crowded game-conventions they would typically be placed in. In many ways, this multitude of titles further strengthens Playstation 4’s early 2016 lineup.
Releases: Crossing Souls, Hatsune Miku: Project Diva Future Tone, Hatsune Miku: Project Diva X, Persona 5, Valkyria: Azure Revolution, Yakuza 6, Zettai Zetsumei Toshi 4: Summer Memories/Disaster Report 4
Description: Arguably the last additions for niche titles, 2016's second half will likely end on a strong note for hardcore gamers, with the long awaited releases of such games as Disaster Report 4, a Valkyria Chronicles prequel, Persona 5, Yakuza 6, and another charming indie from Devolver Digital. (Crossing Souls)
Undated (2016 and beyond)
Releases: Abzu, Ace Combat 7, Attractio, Attack on Titan, Bound, Boundless, Brutal, City Shrouded in Shadow, Cosmic Star Heroine, Days Gone, Dead Star, Deep Down, Detroit:Become Human, Don’t Starve:Together, Drawn to Death, Dreams, Dex, Eitr, Enter The Gungeon, Everybody’s Golf PS4, Final Fantasy 7 Remake, Gang Beasts, God Eater: Ressurection, God Eater 2: Rage Burst, God Wars, Gran Turismo Sport, Gravity Rush 2, Gundam Breaker 3, Hellblade, Hollowpoint, Horizon Zero Dawn, Hunger, JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure: Eyes of Heaven, King of Fighters XIV, Kingdom Hearts HD II.8 Final Chapter Prologue, Let it Die, Phantasy Star Online 2, Matterfall, Mother Russia Bleeds, Nier:Automata, Ni-Oh, New Danganronpa V3: Minna no Koroshiai Shingakki, Ni No Kuni 2: Revenant Kingdom, Not A Hero, Rime, Root Letter, Routine, SD Gundam G Generation Genesis, Sengoku Basara: Legend of Sanada Yukimura, Sengoku BASARA Sanada Yukimura-Den, Shenmue 3, Snow, Sword Art Online: Hollow Realization, Tales of Berseria, The Last Guardian, Toukiden 2, Unannounced Idolmaster game, Unannounced Kojima Productions IP, Unannounced Sony Bend IP, Unannounced Sony Santa Monica God of War title, Valkryia Chronicles Remaster, What Remains of Edith Finch, Wattam, Wild, World of Final Fantasy, Yakuza 0, Ys XIII, YU-NO: A Girl Who Chants Love at the Bound of this World
Description: If there was anything that proved how robust and diverse Sony’s lineup currently is. 5+ RPGS, a handful of incredible looking action adventure titles, emotional and long awaited fan successes and more. At the end, its a shame Sony doesn’t promote their type of great behavior more often.
Playstation VR-Releases: 100ft Robot Golf, Ace Combat 7, Battlezone, Cyber Danganronpa VR, Dead or Alive Xtreme 3 (Japan only), Eagle Flight, Final Fantasy XIV, Gran Turismo Sport, Kitchen, London Heist, Playroom VR, Pyschonauts in the Rhombus of Ruin, REZ Infinite, Rigs, Robinson:The Journey, Street Luge, Summer Lesson, Tekken 7, The Modern Zombie Taxi Company, Until Dawn:Rush of Blood, World War Toons
Description: Personally I feel the VR side is a little bit weaker. Sony is relying on cult established franchises and tech-demo like indies for this one, and it doesn’t look like any of them will become the true killer apps that would need to be provided. However, there is hope in London Heist and Kitchen as both games have previewed extremely well which is contrary to the early dev state they are likely still in.
Conclusion: It’s safe to say Sony has a lot coming next year, with more unconfirmed titles on the way. In many ways, it’s rather impressive that they’ve been able to get so many publishers and indie developers on their side especially for some of the bigger risks like VR. Playstation 4 is on track to have a very positively received 2016, and even if half of these titles get delayed into 2017, we will still have loads of great games to play.
Info was sourced from VRFocus,Dualshockers, and IGN. Please feel free to tell me any titles I missed, and I’ll add them ASAP.
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