If Sony is to make PS4 its main source of profits, it needs to revive some old franchises to cement its place in the console wars, and now may be the best time to do so
Despite Sony’s financial struggles, the PS4 has proved to be a highly profitable product for the multinational. Fans have been craving for some old titles to make a comeback on the best-selling console of this generation. We take a look at why now may be the perfect time to play with the nostalgia factor of consumers and bring in tons of surprises.
Sony’s last year’s E3 conference was a hit and miss for many. The conference started off as a typical Sony conference with facts and figures over how well the company has done over the past year. Customers had to go through their veggies in order to get to the dessert that was Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End. However, as of yet, Sony has been lackluster when it comes to exclusive titles. The Xbox One has managed to develop more highly rated titles than its competitor. Sony needs to look into this issue as soon as possible if it is aiming to achieve the dominance of previous consoles like PS1 and PS2.
Sony may have to look into some fan requests and fulfill them. One game that has the potential to literally break the Internet is The Last Guardian, a game which was last announced at E3 2009 and is still in development. It only makes sense that the game will be shifted to PS4 rather than its originally intended release on the PS3. Gamers can expect this game to finally be re-revealed for the excitement that it brings to the table. Sony has also been throwing several Easter eggs regarding the return of Crash Bandicoot. Whether the game will be developed by Naughty Dog remains in jeopardy, but one thing is for sure, return of our beloved orange bandicoot will be amazing news for platform gaming as well as loyal Sony fans.
Sony showcased one of the weirdest game trailers at E3 2013. It was a tech demo of what could be achieved on modern consoles and was termed ‘’The Dark Socerer’’. The trailer came from Quantic Dream, the studio behind drama based titles like Heavy Rain and Beyond: Two Souls. Quantic revealed that they had been working on a PS4 title scheduled to release somewhere around 2015 to 2016. A trailer of this unannounced title will spark great interest among fans of drama based games.
There are other franchises as well that Sony has left untouched ever since the release of PS4, such as Resistance, Gran Turismo, and God of War. A return to any of these franchises won’t be surprising, since a lot of rumors have indicated that work over these titles has already begun.
Sony has also managed to establish a special place in the hearts of gamers who enjoy indie titles. One of the taglines it used to market itself over E3 2015 was Playstation <3 indies. One indie title that gamers are anticipating eagerly is No Man’s Sky, a game that blew away the minds of gamers around the world, Sony however, may want the developer of No Man’s Sky to take their time in order to live up to all the hype that has been created around it.
Then there’s always talk of a new Twisted Metal game. The tendency has been to release one title per generation. 2015 may be early for a new Twisted Metal game however, a teaser trailer is not too much to ask for.
Lastly, never count out the possibility of an entirely new IP. What gamers would love to see is a title that does something different, something that Shadow of Mordor managed to do with its jaw dropping nemesis system. What the new IP has to avoid however, is to fail to live upon expectations like The Order 1886 did. What such a failure does is daunt the brand image of PS4, and Sony will be very careful in lending its name and exclusivity to developers from now on.
There is also a lot of buzz regarding other peripherals, most notably the codenamed VR headset Project Morpheus. It is set to compete against the likes of Oculus Rift and HTC Vive. It’s really exciting to see how much support will be given to this headset and how much software support Sony will provide it.
Other than software and Project Morpheus, there could be a word or two on Vita along with new functions of PlayStation TV. We can also expect a price cut from Sony over PS4 to compete with the $349 Xbox One. One thing is for sure, this year’s E3 conference can be pivotal for Sony in assuring its place at the top for the next two years at least. Furthermore, the return of many nostalgic titles that shaped our childhood is more likely than ever.