Sony At Gamescom 2014: Uncharted 4, Until Dawn, Guerrilla Games’ New IP, Indie Games, And More

We don’t expect much from the big-name players at Gamescom but that doesn’t mean there won’t be significant developments.

Posted By | On 04th, Aug. 2014 Under Article, Editorials


Gamescom is right around the corner. Yes, we know, it’s not the same as E3 fever when every single day held the potential of a major announcement – not counting the one major day full of rapid fire developments from three big publishers (sorry EA, but you broke out hearts this year). However, Gamescom probably holds enough significance as the second major gaming expo of the year. The 2013 conference saw more than 340,000 attendees and publishers are regularly hosting big name games on the show room floor for people to try out. Square Enix, for instance, will be hosting a huge 48 player booth set-up to allow for simultaneous local boss fighting in Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn aside from showing the new frontline PvP mode. Then there’s Bioware which has been teasing a new game, likely Shadow Realms that is rumoured to be appearing at Gamescom.

For its part, Sony doesn’t have as much to prove at Gamescom as it did at E3. You can expect games like The Order: 1886, Drive Club and Bloodborne to be available on the show floor to play. But what major announcements could the PS4 manufacturer have in store? There are more than a few guesses on our part.

Until Dawn

"Speaking of moves, how likely is it that Supermassive Games' Until Dawn shows up at Gamescom? The PS Move-focused game was slated to release for the PS3, but got pushed back indefinitely, leading many of us to believe it had been quietly cancelled."

First off, we fully expect Sony to showcase more gameplay footage for inFamous: Second Son’s story expansion First Light. This DLC will see you playing as Fetch and using her Neon powers throughout new missions (though you’ll still be able to explore Seattle). First Light will be receiving a retail release as well and you can easily play it as a stand-alone expansion if you so wish. Given that the Autumn and Holiday season is right around the corner and First Light is out this August, it only makes sense to showcase more from First Light.

We also expect Sony’s VR headset to be showing up in some form or another. Sony didn’t put too much focus on the hardware at E3 so expect to see more games and developments. Hopefully, Sony will have an improved version of the hardware on the show floor. What are the chances that a release date and final name is decided for the VR headset? It’s hard to say but it wouldn’t be impossible. Pricing is also a major issue that has yet to be touched upon by the publisher. Maybe a $150 price tag? Again, it’s not certain whether the price, release date period or both will be confirmed at Gamescom. “Wait and watch” is really the best approach but Sony has to make some moves with its VR technology before interest begins to fade.

Speaking of moves, how likely is it that Supermassive Games’ Until Dawn shows up at Gamescom? The PS Move-focused game was slated to release for the PS3, but got pushed back indefinitely, leading many of us to believe it had been quietly cancelled. That’s of course not the case as Until Dawn was announced for the PS4. We’d say Gamescom is as good a time as any to re-reveal the game. After all, Sony can use all the exclusives it can get.

This may be a reason why we can expect some sort of announcement regarding Guerrilla Games’ next project or at the very least, hints on what Media Molecule is up to. Both studios are working on new projects with the former having released Killzone: Shadow Fall last fall and skipping E3 2014. Is its so-called open world RPG ready to be showcased in its current form? The latter is also hard to predict – a new IP seems a given, especially since they have already hinted toward the same.

Uncharted 4 A Thief's End

"We may see a teaser for one of the two new games that studio hinted at, but as of now, if Uncharted 4 is going to be making any appearance, it will likely be in the form of another teaser."

What we don’t expect to see is Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End gameplay footage. All factors point to Gamescom being a great time, especially since there won’t be any more conventions in the next 8 months, but the studio has just wrapped up work on The Last of Us: Remastered. We may see a teaser for one of the two new games that studio hinted at, but as of now, if Uncharted 4 is going to be making any appearance, it will likely be in the form of another teaser.

On the indie front, The Witness may finally get a release date. Sony has to muster its big guns to counter the ID@Xbox front, especially with competition like Inside, Cup and Ori and The Blind Forest on the horizon. More No Man’s Sky footage may be showcased and games like Volume and Hotline Miami 2 may finally be dated for the P4, PS3 and PS Vita. It’s unlikely to be the same deal as Entwined where Sony first released the game for PS4 before the PS3 and PS Vita since its third party studios at work.

We’re being fairly conservative with our predictions for Sony at Gamescom but let us know what you think may be announced in Cologne, Germany. Gamescom 2014 starts from August 13th and ends on August 17th.


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  • Russell Gorall

    I hope that Until Dawn dropped Move functionality, and I own a Move set.

    • Anders

      That’s probably optional now.

  • Anders

    3 major European studios are working on unannounced PS4 games that’s Media Molecule, Quantic Dream and Guerilla Games. I will be happy if they just show the Media Molecule game. Ninja Theory has confirmed that they at gamescom and that they are working on a new IP. That could be a new PS4 exclusive game.
    Project Morpheus is difficult to show at a big 2 hour press conference but everything depends on timing if they want to release it in the next 6 month then they will show it now and port Until Dawn to Morpheus.
    Ubisoft said that they are making a AC PS3/360 game that’s coming out this year then gamescom is their last big chance and could be where they are showing it (either with Sony or MS).

    • Anders

      Second party games like RIME and Everybody’s Gone to the Rapture should also be expected, we haven’t heard much from them since the announcement last year.
      Personally I’m hoping that Escape Plan developer Fun Bits is making a new PS Vita game.

    • xbox1rules23

      boring games. rime? hahahaha

    • Clate

      I have been waiting for more information on both of those game for ages! Especially RIME….

    • MrSec84 .

      SCE London Studio are another major European studio that has a AAA PS4 game in development.
      London are larger than Guerrilla Games in studio size, have a history of developing games like The Getaway.

      There’s also Guerrilla Cambridge (also confirmed to be working on a PS4 game), they made the MediEvil series, as well as the LBP for PSP and Killzone Mercenary which were awesome titles.

      So there are definitely 5 European studios making exclusive games for PS4, the 3 you mentioned are new IPs for sure, London are also working on a new IP and Cambridge are working on a new game from an existing high profile Sony franchise.

      London could be working on multiple PS4 games, let’s face it Singstar isn’t exactly a game that requires a lot of staff & that studio has over 300 staff, Media Molecule are only a 47 person studio, yet they were able to churn out Tearaway & develop their new PS4 IP at the same time.

    • Anders

      I don’t know anything about the size of Guerilla Cambridge but they recently released Killzone Mercenary so a new game before 2016 is very unlikely.
      Sony London is big, but it sounds they are mainly making Morpheus games and soon to release Singstar.

    • xbox1rules23

      don’t get your hopes up too high fanboy. i heard the same things from e3. i expect them to announce 2 new games, and a lot of the same from e3.

    • xbox1rules23

      hahahahah the ninja theory game is NOT a ps4 exclusive. don’t expect anything from quantic dream

    • Anders

      I don’t expect to see Quantic Dream before E3 or gamescom next year.

      Heavenly Sword was a PS3 exclusive by Ninja Theory and their new IP could also be PlayStation exclusive, they haven’t denied it yet.

    • xbox1rules23

      their new game, will NOT be a sony exclusive. so one game and you think they’re going to make it an exclusive? it’s dumb reasoning. why not an ms exclusive? I’m sick and tired of dumb fanboys making assumptions like the ps4 is god.

    • Anders

      We will see Tuesday, Ninja Theory said they would be at gamescom. If you don’t want assumptions and predictions then you shouldn’t visit prediction articles.

    • maxy

      And London studio is working on a new title and possibly a new The Getaway game

    • Anders

      The London studio were basically the Move team and I think they are almost 100% on Morpheus, if I’m right much will depend on their timing for the Morpheus release. It could be this year but more likely next year.

    • maxy

      No because according to job listings, they were searching for guys who can create dynamic cars and environments, that just basically picture The Getaway.

  • Graf Ulrich 88

    Well I’m pretty excited for what Sony will announce and show more of this year at Gamescom. Sony unlike M$, Sony likes to spread their big announcements over E3, Gamescom, and TGS. The reason why is that they are more popular in Europe and Asia by far than M$. What is great is that they are leading in NA as well this time.
    Cheers!!!
    Graf

    • xbox1rules23

      shut up loser

  • Ryo Shenmue

    Inside is NOT competition considering that it is a timed exclusive.

    • Anders

      That Danish developer Playdead made a good deal there, Microsoft pays for the promotion on a console with fewer games and after 6 months they release it on other platforms like PS4 Vita and PC.

    • corvusmd

      So then neither is No Man’s Sky by that logic.

    • Anders

      No Man’s Sky is bigger and more hyped, we only know it eventually will come to PC.

  • Ikechi Onyenaka

    I hope we get more Western 1st & 3rd Party AAA games announced for the PS Vita. Infamous Vita, GTA Vita and more are needed.

  • I just want Shadow of the Beast!

  • It can’t be worse than the E3.
    Rime and Shadow Of The Beast please.

  • Martin Brentnall

    $150 for Morpheus is blatant wishful thinking. It’s about as likely as seeing The Last Guardian.

    • Clate

      I honestly can not guess at a price point, there are many factors at play. But I also do not care, VR will die a sad lonely death. AR on the other hand I expect to thrive

    • Martin Brentnall

      Wrong way round m8.


 

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