Delaying a game is never a light decision, especially when we are talking about Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End, Naughty Dog’s title that was supposed to kick-off the new generation of home consoles this Fall. Just because it isn’t a light decision, you have to consider carefully what you have in your portfolio before arriving at such a conclusion. Are we sure Sony has done this? Let’s take a look at 2015 PS4 line-up…
In its official statements, Sony explains it is made of Batman: Arkham Knight, Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain, Bloodborne, Until Dawn, Tearaway Unfolded plus No Man’s Sky from “the independent development community”. This means that only three of the most anticipated games that will be out on PlayStation 4 this year are exclusives, with Bloodborne shipping in March. As Tearaway Unfolded is expected to arrive on the store’s shelves this summer, the only Until Dawn would be in charge to sustain PS4 holiday’s line-up: too much for Supermassive’s title.
But, once again, are we sure Sony has done this? Are we sure the Japanese giant will raise the white flag in front of Microsoft, completely free to dominate the second half of the year with Halo 5: Guardians, Forza Motorsport 6 and Rise of the Tomb Raider (not counting multi-platform games)?
With E3 and Gamescom 2015 just a few months away, we have two possible upcoming scenarios. The first: Sony doesn’t change anything in its present holiday line-up but announces a couple of new IPs that create hype and enthusiasm in the gaming community – this would be the case of Sony Bend’s third-person adventure and the rumored reboot for a beloved PS2 era’s franchise showing up at Los Angeles.
The second option: Sony agrees that PS4 holiday line-up is at this moment too weak and decides to fix it on the fly with something spectacular, unexpected and arriving in the shortest time possible – here we would have the Uncharted collection many have been talking about in the last few months.
Is this a true chance or just a speculation? I think Xbox One is on track to recover from the launch debacle: while releasing monthly updates, it keeps rocking with first and second-party games, regains the trust of the independent development community (at least Sony would have to push on its first-party studios instead of indie developers) and lower its price on a constant basis since the day one.
Shall Sony let all of this happen, risking to waste the gap accumulated and PS4’s momentum? Let’s wait the middle of 2015 and see… In the meantime, what do you think of this? Share your opinion in the comments section.