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Feature: Five PS3 Exclusives Likely to be Ported to PS4

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There's no doubt that the PlayStation 3 is enjoying the greatest year of its life. Sony’s ageing black behemoth may be about to be replaced by a leaner and meaner model, but the current generation console’s going out with a bang. Indeed, while other platform holder’s have arguably stood still, the Japanese giant’s managed to provide a steady stream of blockbuster content in the months leading up to the PlayStation 4. But could the manufacturer’s ongoing investment into its existing machine provide a distinct advantage moving forwards?

All new systems tend to suffer from software droughts shortly after launch. Fresh platforms provide big revenue opportunities for publishers, and so many seek to ship their latest and greatest wares alongside the hardware itself. That culminates in a dry spell soon after, as firms take the time to prepare a second batch of blockbusters ahead of the next big shopping season. However, with the PlayStation maker’s exclusive library bulging with critically acclaimed content, the firm has a huge opportunity to bring some of its biggest hits to the impending hardware in order to fill the time. With that in mind, we’ve compiled a list of five Sony published smashes that we think are almost certain to make the jump to the manufacturer’s ultramodern format in the future.

Beyond: Two Souls

It may have split critics down the centre, but Beyond: Two Souls is still an important game. The ambitious Quantic Dream adventure tells the tale of Jodie Holmes, a troubled heroine haunted by a spectre named Aiden. Starring high-profile performers such as Ellen Page and Willem Dafoe, the ambitious release is unlike anything available elsewhere – and we reckon that that attribute, alongside its staggering technological achievements, make it a prime candidate for the PS4.

The conversion shouldn’t be too complicated either, as the Parisian developer has iterated on multiple occasions that the PS3 exclusive was produced using a scaled down version of its next generation engine. “We were able to implement some PS4 features on the PS3,” director David Cage revealed earlier in the year. It’s hard to imagine how much better the title could look on new hardware, but with the Heavy Rain developer’s native next-gen project still some way away, the supernatural opus would certainly fill a narrative shaped void on the impending machine.

Gran Turismo 6

There’s some debate over whether Gran Turismo 6 should be a PS3 game in the first place – especially with Microsoft’s own Forza franchise making the jump to the Xbox One next month. What’s clear is that Sony’s adopted a financially focused decision by parking the racing simulator on its current generation console, hoping that the sequel’s enormous brand appeal will resonate with automotive aficionados unwilling to tune up to the manufacturer’s next machine. But with Polyphony Digital’s development cycles renowned for their sometimes side splitting length, we reckon that the platform holder will be keen to get a version of the series running on its impending system as soon as possible.

In fact, it’s something that brand overlord Kazunori Yamauchi has hinted at in the past. “We actually do have a PS4 version [of GT6] in mind, but for this holiday season, we thought that it would be best for users to release on the PS3 for now,” he said. “Once the players have thoroughly played out the system, if the PS4 version came out naturally, as part of that process, I think that that would be the best scenario.” The real-life race car driver has since backed away from the comments, but we’re putting his change of tune down to Sony’s PR department, rather than an actual u-turn in the Japanese developer’s plans.

Journey

A lot like Beyond: Two Souls, thatgamecompany’s gorgeous Journey is the type of title that tends to thrive on PlayStation. The touching digital download was one of the most critically and commercially successful releases of 2012, garnering a slew of awards for its stunning presentation and innovative online component. Considering the emotional escapade’s sky-high pedigree, then, it seems inevitable that the mysterious adventure will wrap its scarf around the PS4 at some point in the future.

While the developer’s three-game contract with Sony has expired, that’s not stopped the platform holder from porting the company’s previous PS3 exclusive Flower to its next generation machine. Writing on Twitter recently, Sony Santa Monica’s director of technology noted that the floral favourite will run in 1080p at a blistering 60 frames-per-second on the Japanese giant’s futuristic format. “It’s a pretty magical experience,” he teased. Sure – but now imagine its spiritual successor’s famous sand slide scene with the same performance upgrades. Hnngh.

Puppeteer

Poor old Puppeteer has suffered from a spot of stage fright since its release in September. Despite accruing a slew of positive reviews, the pretty platformer has failed to really step into the limelight, leaving it lurking in the wings while the likes of Grand Theft Auto V and BioShock: Infinite lap up the last of the current generation applause. As a result, Kutaro and crew deserve another shot at success, and there are few better ways to ensure that than to give the Japan Studio exclusive headline billing on the PS4.

While this is very much the wildcard in our rundown, we reckon that the theatrical escapade would convert well to Sony’s next generation machine. The touchpad on the DualShock 4, for example, could be used to control the headless hero’s companion, while the pantomime-inspired presentation would really benefit from the added horsepower of the platform holder’s latest hardware. There’s plenty of star power waiting to be unleashed here, the publisher just needs to pull back the curtain at a less competitive time.

The Last of Us

It may have been conceived as a means to prevent talented developers from spreading their wings, but The Last of Us has swiftly become a pivotal part of the PlayStation brand. Joel and Ellie’s tragic cross-country excursion scooped up piles of perfect scores earlier in the year, and went on to break several sales records as a consequence. Such critical and commercial acclaim makes the post-apocalyptic tearjerker a shoe-in for a next generation port – especially if the franchise is to have legs beyond its initial instalment.

While the Crash Bandicoot creator’s never publicly addressed the possibility of a re-release, we know that the company has access to a wealth of PS4 development kits. Speculation suggests that it may be using the bulk of those to polish up the fourth entry in its wildly popular Uncharted series, but we’re sure that it could spare a few units for creative director Neil Druckmann and crew. Admittedly, it’s hard to imagine the game changing a lot, but the enhanced hardware would allow it to improve the image quality across the board. For us, that would offer a good enough excuse to play the tragic adventure all over again.


Do you agree that Sony will attempt to leverage the strength of the PS3’s lineup in order to keep a steady stream of content launching on the PS4? Which of the above titles would you be willing to buy again on the next generation machine? Do you think that we’ve missed a major title off our list? Let us know in the comments section and poll below.

Which of the following would you most like to see converted to PS4? (60 votes)

Beyond: Two Souls

8%

Gran Turismo 6

13%

Journey

15%

Puppeteer

7%

The Last of Us

57%

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User Comments (29)

Clamedeus

#1

Clamedeus said:

I would really like them to re-do the game for the PS4, but I know that is asking too much and bordering on the crazy side. lol I just can't stop thinking of how much better it would look and all of that jazz.

get2sammybAdmin

#2

get2sammyb said:

@Clamedeus I think that's unlikely for a lot of these titles — but I definitely know what you mean. Spruced up is probably the best you're going to get. Are there any of the above (or games in general) that you'd like to see tidied up for the next-gen machine?

Clamedeus

#4

Clamedeus said:

@get2sammyb Definitely, I'm aware that it's not likely going to happen but that would be awesome. Agreed on the spruced up part though.

I haven't played Journey, or Beyond: Two Souls, and Puppeteer yet. I heard good things about 'em, but I am leaning towards The Last of Us, love that game, i still need to Platinum it, one of my buddies already did before me.

get2sammybAdmin

#5

get2sammyb said:

@ScreamAimFire99 Do you think that's because of the poor reviews? I still think the game's going to sell pretty well. Weirdly, it's one of those "hardcore" games that has "casual" appeal — and Sony's done a really good job marketing it here in the UK. I keep having family members ask me about it, which is always a good sign.

ScreamAimFire99

#6

ScreamAimFire99 said:

@get2sammyb No, it's because David Cage doesn't think the audience for interactive dramas will be there on PS4. If it were up to me, I'd bring all these games to PS4.

ferrers405

#9

ferrers405 said:

I'm looking for Journey, with superior power from PS4 should be even more incredible!

MadchesterManc

#10

MadchesterManc said:

Ive gone with Beyond considering thtat its already running on a pared down version of their Ps4 engine, why not rerelease on Ps4 utilising all the engines features and give fans a glimpse of whats in store? Like @get2sammyb stated in the article though, its tough to see how better it could look due to it already being a technical showpiece on Ps3. I think The Last Of Us woud benefit from a nice performance boost if ported too

get2sammybAdmin

#11

get2sammyb said:

@ScreamAimFire99 Really? His next project is in production for PS4, so that seems like a bit of a strange quote.

@KALofKRYPTON Honestly, I don't think that the Vita could run it. Journey is a very, very technically demanding game. Obviously the handheld is powerful - but I don't think it's powerful enough.

divinelite

#12

divinelite said:

Journey is one game I really want to play. No ps3 means I really hope it will go to ps4

The last of us and beyond though.. They are great title but I can't say I really want to play it so much

SuperKMxAdmin

#15

SuperKMx said:

If they announced PS4 ports of Beyond, Ni No Kuni, and The Last of Us, my PS3 would be on eBay within seconds - no joke.

charlesnarles

#16

charlesnarles said:

GT on PS4 = I don't even know how long I've waited... The ps3 trailer sold me so hard already. Dat potential... :)

Cloud7794

#17

Cloud7794 said:

@get2sammyb I had to vote for The Last of Us because Final Fantasy 7 wasn't on the poll @_@ Imagine invading Shinra headquarters with Final Fantasy 15's engine running the game

Gamer83

#20

Gamer83 said:

Journey and Puppeteer I see happening for sure. The other 3 I'm not sure will make the jump but I'd definitely buy a PS4 version of TLoU.

Reverend_Skeeve

#21

Reverend_Skeeve said:

I went with Journey, because it seems like a game I'd love to play. TloU also would be fantastic. Heard so much good stuff about this game that I'd buy a PS4 version in a heartbeat. Maybe a GotY edition with all the DLC? Pretty please? :)

rastamadeus

#22

rastamadeus said:

If any happen it shouldn't be for a good few years and even then it's still cryptofascist. Just give people new games rather than slightly prettier old ones. Waste of everyone's time and money.

DVD_Sandwich

#23

DVD_Sandwich said:

I could see them making TLOU2 for PS4, and releasing "The Last of Us HD" for PS4 shortly before the release of the sequel.
The game was already great, but imagine how it would look with 1080p/60fps. That would be amazing.

get2sammybAdmin

#25

get2sammyb said:

@rastamadeus I don't know if I agree with that. There may be people who previously owned an Xbox 360 who buy a PS4 and have heard of The Last of Us, but haven't had a chance to play it. As long as the ports are relatively easy for the studio to do, I don't think anyone really loses out by them putting in an appearance.

Obviously, it's important that new games take precedent, though. That I completely agree with.

Squiggle55

#26

Squiggle55 said:

I would buy Puppeteer on PS4 for sure. To me that's a game that should have been a PS4 launch title without a doubt. Games like GTA, The Last of Us, Beyond... all of those are obviously going to sell well regardless of it being towards the end of the PS3's life cycle. Games like Puppeteer and something like Knack need the added boost of a new console launch and featured billing and not a lot of competition.

DoublezZ01

#27

DoublezZ01 said:

Not to be highly off topic but I really wish 1 of the mech games shown at TGS would get ported to the US!

Faustek

#28

Faustek said:

Geee, I don't like this vote...I truly feel TLOU and Journey are games that must be played and feel sorry for those that haven't had a PS3 miss out now when making the purchase.

artemisthemp

#29

artemisthemp said:

I would buy Journey on PS4, if they port, while Beyond: Two Souls would come down to my friends willingness to play it again.

Gran Turismo 6 on PS4 I most likely would pick up, if GT6 on PS3 is good

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