With the PlayStation 4 out in the next few days, we're now entering into the next step of our countdown journey. So far, we've taken a look at the launch line-up, how the PS4 will work with the PS Vita and the console's social features. So what better time to talk about upcoming exclusives?
For the purposes of this article, we'll be looking to the main complete or console-specific exclusives coming in 2014 and beyond. And with old fan favorite series continuing and new ones just getting their start in this new generation, it's sure to be an interesting first year for the PS4. Here are some of the most anticipated exclusives for Sony's next generation console.
inFamous: Second Son
Announced at the PlayStation Meeting event this past February, inFamous: Second Son is the third installment in the inFamous series. The game takes place about seven years after the events of inFamous 2 and it will see the previous protagonist, Cole MacGrath, taking a bit of a break as we're introduced to Delsin Rowe.
Rowe comes with a whole new set of unique powers, which should rather mix things up and according Sucker Punch, the new character's powers will revolve around absorption and usage of other "conduits" powers.
New and old fans are sure to find that this will change how the series plays, but it's been confirmed that the decision making element of the series will return, giving us the choice of how to evil or moral to play once again.
This online racing game, which comes from the creators of MotorStorm, was originally intended as a launch title for the PS4. However, it has since been delayed and will now be releasing spring 2014.
Evolution Studios promises that this game will be different than previous racing games they've development, with the game offering an interesting blend of arcade racer and simulation.
Cooperative sandbox play and open word racing elements will combine entertaining gameplay any casual or hardcore racing game fan. Dropping into a race against your friends has never been easier as Drive Club eliminates the long process of selecting and tuning your car to gett you right into the race.
Everybody's Gone to the Rapture
Dear Esther's development team, The Chinese Room, is making a brand new survival horror game that is said to take place during the end of the world.
There isn't a ton of information about this title out there at the moment, other than the fact it aims to be a successor to Dear Esther and will be very story-driven. To that end, players will watch the story through the eyes of six unique playable characters as they each try to survive the events at the end of the world.
This title was announced originally as a PC title, but it's now believed that development has stalled on this front.
Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn
Although already readily available on the PC and PS3, Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn is a huge console exclusive for Sony.
Since its release in August, A Realm Reborn has gone on to achieve extremely strong numbers for Square Enix, with the publisher announcing the PS4 beta will be accompanying the Japanese launch in February, 2014. Once released in full, those on the PS3 version will be able to upgrade to the PS4 version at no extra cost.
Another console exclusive for Sony, Transistor is the follow-up to Supergiant Game's smash hit Bastion. It's again being directed by Amir Rao and is planned for a release at some point during 2014
The Order: 1886
Santa Monica Studios and Ready at Dawn are developing The Order: 1886, one of the titles that was also announced at PlayStation Meeting.
The game is set in an alternative history version of Victorian-era London where the progress of the Industrial Revolution has been fuelled by an ancient war against a powerful and inhuman enemy.
You are armed with steampunk weapons as the game follows a duo of knights fighting for the survival of mankind. Along the way players will encounter historical figures that will help them on their quest and travel to real locations fighting supernatural foes.
Deep Down is Capcom's upcoming free-to-play fantasy role-playing video game. The game will play on the new Panta Rhei ("everything flows") game engine, exclusively designed for the PlayStation 4.
The game's art style is described as a cross between The Elder Scrolls and Dark Souls, with a rather impressive reveal trailer. It's also been announced that the setting for the game is New York City in the year 2094. The player uses magical artifacts to teleport into the distant past to explore dungeons and battle monsters all while seeking out treasure.
Shadow of the Beast
One of Sony's older IPs, courtesy of Psygnosis, Shadow of the Beast was released in 1989 on quite a few different platforms. The development of a reimagined version was announced during Gamescom 2013 and had old skool gamers in a tiz.
Little is known about this at present, with only a reveal trailer being shown by Sony when it was announced. However, the game is being developed by Heavy Spectrum Entertainment Labs, who have published mobile titles for Sony in the past.
Jonathon Blow has announced that The Witness will be a timed exclusive on the PS4, which has been a huge boost for Sony.
Blow originally intended to release his follow-up to Braid on the PS3 and Xbox 360, but deemed the hardware incapable of creating his vision. He has described the game as "an exploration-puzzle game on an uninhabited island" and has stated that it will ship in early 2014.
Daylight will be Atlus' first game on a next-generation system, and it will be a console exclusive for the PS4.
The game is being developed by Zombie Studios and is billed as a procedurally generated psychological horror game that attempts to take atmosphere to the next level.
Quantic Dream's Next Project
Little is known about David Cage's next project, but Quantic Dream did show off The Dark Sorcerer as a tech demo during the PlayStation Meeting. This in itself was enough to whet the appetites of fans, with some jaw-dropping real-time graphics being shown.
Cage himself has said that his studio's next project will be "very, very different" from Heavy Rain and Beyond: Two Souls. He said "people should expect to be surprised" by what the studio comes up with.
There are of course, way more games than this in the pipeline for the PS4, with studios like Naughty Dog not showing their hand yet. Sony is also bringing a whole host of indie games to the PS4 as complete or system exclusives.
So even if you aren't picking up the new system this week, maybe these upcoming releases are sure to strike some interest in your future purchase decisions.