With the delays we’ve had reported this week on watch_dogs, The Crew, Drive Club I’ve had to look at my PS4 launch game orders and work out what I’m going to swap in for the missing ones. What I realised when I went to do this is that I don’t know all the games that will be available at launch, and what would be coming out in the launch window (which is the period up to the end of February 2014). I remember for the Vita launch last February that it ended up being a bit of a drought for a long while, so I’ve pulled together details of what’s going to be out when you pick up your shiny new console (Xbox One or PS4) next month, and what you might need to put on your late Christmas present list.
Firstly, what’s going to be on both platforms in the shops? We already know a lot about these because they’re from the big developers who’ve been giving out details for these for the last few months. All of these will be available at the US launch of PS4 on 15th November, the worldwide launch of Xbox One on the 22nd November, and the EU launch of PS4 on the 29th November.
|PS4 & Xbox Multiplatform Games|
|Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag|
|Call of Duty: Ghosts|
|Just Dance 2014|
|LEGO Marvel Super Heroes|
|Madden NFL 25|
|NBA Live 14|
|Need for Speed: Rivals|
|Skylanders Swap Force|
So if you go into a shop looking for something that you can only get for the brand new hardware under/next to your TV, what will you find? Here are the platform specific retail releases and Sony are looking a little bit light when it comes to filling shelves with different games.
|PS4 Retail||Xbox One Retail|
|Injustice: Gods Among Us Ultimate Edition||Dead Rising 3|
|Killzone Shadow Fall||Fighter Within|
|Knack||Forza Motorsport 5|
|Ryse: Son of Rome|
|Zumba Fitness: World Party|
But it’s November when these come out, it’ll be cold and rainy, maybe even snowing outside, and you might be stuck in with no way of getting to the shops to get something new. What will be available on the PSN and Xbox Live services?
There are a couple of notes with these digital titles: Escape Plan, flOw, Flower and Sound Shapes will be cross-buy compatible (free if you’ve already bought them); Contrast and Resogun are free with PS+; Blacklight Retribution, DC Universe Online, War Thunder and Warframe are all F2P (free to play); Killer Instinct is a demo. It looks like Sony’s developer and indie strategy is giving them quite a selection of downloadable titles. We also can’t forget that the PS4 comes pre-installed with the PlayRoom, a tech demo rather than a game that highlights the use of the camera, motion and DualShock 4, but still looks a lot of fun.
Once the initial delight of the new machines dies off, what’s to keep you going through Christmas and into the beginning of 2014? Here are the platform specific titles scheduled for the 3 months post launch. All but the bottom four on the PS4 list are PSN titles, the bottom two on the Xbox list are the Xbox Live titles.
After finding all this out, has it made my decision on what to get any easier? No. I still don’t know, and I think this is a testament to how intrigued and excited I was about watch_dogs, there’s nothing on either platform that jumps out and says “Pick me, I’ll fill it’s shoes!”. Whilst this looks like the strongest launch line-up ever for console releases with 69 titles across two platforms in the next 4 months, and we’re clearly not short of games, I’m still struggling to find something to put on my pre-order list. I’ve no doubt there are many more in the pipeline for beyond March next year that we’ve not been given any info on, plus both Microsoft and Sony are still working on PS3 and Xbox360 content so if there genuinely is nothing to play we’re able to go back to the old machines. I’ll probably take a cautious approach, stick with what I’ve ordered already then see what my friends list is playing in November. And I’ll not be alone in this, I’m sure.