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Talking Point: How Have This Week's Delays Affected Your Anticipation for PS4?

Posted by Sammy Barker

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It’s ironic that the week that Sony opted to launch its Perfect Day commercial, the PlayStation 4 has suffered its most Imperfect Week since its announcement. It’s perhaps a testament to the Japanese giant’s flawless approach to the next generation that the setbacks have taken so long to materialise, but the prolonged period of positivity surrounding the platform holder doesn’t make the stumbling blocks any easier to stomach. With the next generation system’s launch lineup decreasing by the day, though, how has your anticipation for the console been affected?

Ubisoft’s decision to delay Watch Dogs undoubtedly hit the PlayStation maker the hardest earlier this week. While the sandbox release was set to deploy on multiple platforms in November, it had been billed as one of the PS4’s major launch titles. Not only had the game been spotlighted during each of the manufacturer’s press conferences throughout the year, but the organisation had also secured an additional hour of exclusive content in order to differentiate its version from the one available on other formats.

On the flipside, Microsoft has partnered with third-party publishers such as EA and Activision in order to co-market big multiplatform releases like Battlefield 4 and Call of Duty: Ghosts, so the PlayStation maker was clearly banking on its alliance with the aforementioned French publisher to level the playing field. And while it will still be able to promote Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag as one of its own, the loss of Watch Dogs until next year will no doubt have an impact on its marketing presence throughout the key Christmas shopping window.

But the absence of the open world epic wouldn’t have been such a disaster if it wasn’t almost immediately followed by rumours regarding DriveClub. Earlier in the week, a small site named The Same Coin noted that it had heard rumblings suggesting that the Evolution Studios developed racer was about to be delayed. That was followed by a Kotaku report that intensified the speculation, and an ambiguous message from design director Paul Rustchynsky that all but confirmed the news. It wasn’t until earlier today, though, that the racer’s removal from the PS4’s launch lineup was officially announced.

In some ways, the delays may actually be good news. We got a good look at both games earlier in the year, and stepped away from each presentation underwhelmed. We mentioned in our subsequent coverage that Watch Dogs lacked the “sparkle” of a big-budget release, while Evolution Studios had “a marathon ahead of it” if it intended to get its racer across the finish line in time. Allowing the developers a few more months to polish the titles will no doubt result in better quality products, which will ultimately benefit everyone.

However, the PS4 launch lineup is starting to look worryingly weak as a consequence. Even before the delays, Sony’s slender offering had been subject to criticism in comparison to the Xbox One’s bulkier lineup, but now the discussion is starting to look a little one-sided. While Microsoft has readied big releases such as Ryse: Son of Rome, Dead Rising 3, and Forza 5, the PS4’s first-party selection is limited to just Killzone: Shadow Fall and Knack. Granted, there are dozens of downloadable titles on the way, but it’s debatable whether the likes of Flower and Sound Shapes are enough to sell an expensive piece of hardware – especially when they’re already playable elsewhere.

Furthermore, the delay of DriveClub has also soured Sony’s big PlayStation Plus push. The platform holder had pledged a free copy of the next generation racer as one of its big launch day downloads, but that will now release in 2014 alongside the title itself. Instead, it will be replaced by Contrast, the quirky film-noir platformer from Compulsion Games. While this looks like a legitimately intriguing release, it’s debateable whether it’s a fair substitute for a big-budget, blockbuster title. Suddenly, that decision to implement a multiplayer paywall looks a little harder to swallow.

It’s not the end of the world for the next generation console, of course, but it’s definitely a chink in the platform holder’s previously unmarked armour. The delays may work out in the firm’s favour moving forwards, as it eschews any post-release drought criticisms with a slew of polished products throughout early 2014. However, the news is undeniably disappointing right now, as many had already built up a mental image of their launch day hauls. With those plans now in tatters, how is your hype holding up less than a month before release?

Are you gutted by this week’s PS4 delays? Have you decided to cancel your pre-order as a result of the news, or are you still fervently awaiting the next generation format’s release? Rant and rave in the comments section and poll below.

How have this week’s delays affected your anticipation for PS4? (66 votes)

I still can’t wait to get my console, so couldn’t care less


I’m a little disappointed, but am still buying the system


To be honest, I’m not really sure how I feel at the minute


I’ve decided to cancel my pre-order in light of this news


I wasn’t really looking forward to the machine anyway


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User Comments (42)



ZeD said:

If it needs more time, it needs more time! It is like a phone company releasing a phone for £400 and it only works 50%. You'd be very angry if you paid for it then! Heck, Assassins Creed 4 takes 20 hrs to finish story & 80hrs to 100%! So plenty to do!



get2sammyb said:

I was actually looking forward to DriveClub, but I was excited for the concept of that game, not what I've actually played. I think the additional time will help them to really reach the title's full potential, which can only be a good thing moving forwards. However, it is a shame that they couldn't get it ready in time. I suppose the Need for Speed: Rivals team will be rubbing their hands in glee.

The positive thing is that Sony may have a weaker launch lineup now, but it also has a much stronger 2014 offering. Assuming that they're all good, DriveClub, inFAMOUS: Second Son, Destiny, and Watch Dogs is a pretty strong selection, and it should prevent the post-release drought that tends to occur after a major system launch. It's also worth mentioning that PS4 will sell out regardless this Christmas, so having those titles around the corner should help to maintain momentum.

That said, I do think this is really disappointing news, and I can totally understand the complaints regarding the lineup. I hope that this encourages Sony to reveal a little more about its future plans now. Other than The Order, we still don't really know what it's working on behind-the-scenes.



Bliquid said:

Tbh, i wasn't getting it day one even before all the delays.
The games i want will come, and there's a lot of them.
Atm, i'm veeeery happy with my PS3, more so than i ever been for a console.
And i had a Dreamcast.
PS4 will be mine at time due, and i have this feeling that Sony knows the early adoption is gonna be slow.
By the time i'll have played all my back catalogue ( which is overwhelming by Plus fault!), there will be tons of games i want, tons of reviews for the hardware, tons of firmware improvements and tons of reasons for me to buy a new console.
Sorry to repeat myself, but i think Sony knows that many are on the same page.
But i do admit that with the last news the almost perfect match they played is getting a little bit murky.
C'mon, Sony, why do you always trip over near the finish line?
WiiU isn't a threat, but X Bone could be.



NathanUC said:

Look, it's a bummer that TWO games are going to be delayed a bit.. but I plan to enjoy my PS4 for years. Two game delays aren't going to change my overall desire to play a PS4 and play it right now. It doesn't matter nearly as as much as many would think. They weren't canceled, nothing fundamentally changed about the platform, and there are still a few other great titles to hold us off for the last two months of 2013.

I'll keep it at that.



divinelite said:

Driveclub is not even my top list of game, but due of its status of PS+ game (half), Killzone, and Watchdog all three and the free games will be my companions this holiday... it SHOULD was...

now, only Killzone, Resogun, and Warframe... While those three are great enough, but well it's not enough for me to plunge in day one fever..

so, I'll see you in PS4 dashboard sometimes in 2014

on contrary, 2014 will be packed with SO MANY great games for PS4... and hopefully Vita



Paranoimia said:

Not bothered in the slightest. As I've said before, the launch line-up is strong as far as I'm concerned. It's not about quantity, but quality. I suspect this one may be at least partly down to GT6 hitting PS3 soon, as much as anything else.

If you feel the XBone has the stronger titles, you should be buying one. If like me there's little that interests you, why would you care?

I buy PlayStation for the great games I know will appear over the lifetime of the console, not what's available on day one. Killzone, Battlefield, Resogun, perhaps Knack, and maybe one or two of the better indie titles will keep me occupied for weeks, maybe even months. And that's in addition to my PS3 backlog.

I suspect several of the larger multi-format sites have just been itching to post some negative stuff about PS4 for a while now, but I'm surprised to see the Square making such a big deal out of what's basically a non-event.



SuperSilverback said:

Im not getting a ps4 til 2014 anyway. Still gotta play bioshock infinite, two souls, Ni no Kuni, and the puppeteer! Plenty to keep me going



Gemuarto said:

I bought Persona 4 The Golden after those news.

But honestly, there are so many stuff on PSV and PS3. Ys: Memories of Celceta, Tearaway, Ratchet and Knack Nexus, Gran Turismo 6 after all. So you can't blame Sony for the lack of realeses. Along with Knack and Killzone and other 3rd party titles you can play like 24/7 waiting for Drive Club.

But I really wanted to check out Drive Club + edition for free. So, I am a little bit dissappointed.



Splat said:

I planned on waiting and just sticking with my PS3 before this news even came out.

PS4 will be my next console it's just going to be awhile before I can get one.



Sanquine said:

I'm dissapointed because of driveclub but after seeing Killzone shadowfall on GTTV im stocked:D



drumsandperc92 said:

honestly I'm all for games being given more time.
here's my opinion on the matter, i think that developers may have underestimated how long the development process would be for these next gen games. think about these huge open worlds, super detailed textures and maps and animations, it's more work. There have been so many articles about AAA games being more and more expensive to make now.
I do think it's unacceptable for one of Sony's own studios to delay. Ubi is one thing - that's their own problem. But one of Sony's? They really should have been on top of things better.
I was planning on downloading DriveClub day one, i was very excited for it.
And I had the Watch_Dogs PS4 preorder from Amazon.
So you can imagine i'm fairly disappointed by all of this.
That being said there are still a couple of games I plan on getting right off the bat, I have AC4 preordered as well and I'm really looking forward to that.
This doesn't by any means ruin the launch for me, but it does suck. I'm actually more disappointed by DriveClub than Watch_Dogs.
Sony has been pushing Knack like crazy too, I think they are giving it away in Japan?
I would MUCH have rather had Knack as the PS+ download at launch than the indie game mentioned to replace DriveClub.
Or at least a big discount on Knack.



Ps4all said:

Drive club is disappointing, but I am still super excited for launch day!! Killzone, Call of Duty, Battlefield and Minecraft will keep me busy until the new year for sure. I agree with Sammy though, Need for Speed will most likely reap the benefits of this delay.



daveyboy90 said:

As a big fan of racing games, this is a little disappointing. I was excited to have my friends over this year, show them those crazy car graphics and hopefully sway them to PS4 for Christmas purchases. Hopefully showing them Knack, Resogun, or Killzone will do the trick!

Fortunately my backlog of PS+ games is huge, and I'll have plenty to play before DriveClub and Infamous next year. As an Evolution fan, I really hope DriveClub rocks!



InsertNameHere said:

Personally, I think the PS4 still has a strong launch lineup. Not many people were looking forward to DriveClub - says the guy looking forward to playing it - so it's not like it's the end of the world. Plus, I'd rather have a 100% DriveClub than a DriveClub of inferior quality, so Evolution were right to delay it if they thought it wasn't ready.

The delay also means that Sony has a near drought resistant 2014 roster with Deep Down, Second Son, DriveClub and a few other titles coming out next year.



Gemuarto said:

@Sanquine I told Aaron on US PSN Blog, that if they sell digital version for 40$, not 36$, I'll buy it for 20$ only after price drop or on sale. So I was waiting for that moment =). I had 37$ on my account, when it was realesed. Also, I am playing Disgaea 3 now, bought it day one, but only now found time to finish it properly. And it is so good, that I decied to buy something similar =). And was pleasantly surpriced when found P4 on sale. I know that it desrves 40, though, Persona 3 was my favourite on PSP along with Valkyrie Chronicles and Shining Blade and Ark.



MadchesterManc said:

Aint there a new Need For Speed due around the launch window? I suppose that could be an option for those wanting a driving game for the Ps4. Im not picking up a Ps4 till next year anyway due to a lack of eastern flavoured games as of yet, plus Ps3 is keeping busy in that regard. If I was getting one at launch it'd be Killzone n those F2P titles. Nothing else has really interested me. Maybe Knack & Resogun too. So it wouldn't have effected me



Gemuarto said:

@Sanquine Nice God Eater 2 PV. But I played demo and it is not so good in my opinion, compared to Soul Sacrifice or Monster Hunter. And monster design is just too funny, in my taste. can't take it seriously.



rykkchii said:

Sony are very very cute yknow. they've buried m$ in this contest so far.. which leads me to think cynically that this was all part of the plan. release a bunch of games all on one day or stagger them over a couple of financial quarters. they already have a good idea how many consoles they're going to sell. the pre order marketing won't be affected, BUT NOW those millions of ps4 owners playing their (fewer) launch titles have something to buy in a month or two AS WELL AS what they will play on launch day. after all, you can only play one game at a time! Reflecting on the fact that I changed my pre order from watch dogs bundle to killzone bundle, I'll probably have both in a few months, when I might have overlooked killzone and been content with watch dogs. Clever Sony.. been doing this a long time yknow (marketing that is). Mr gates was listening to his sony walkman long before he was a billionaire...



Sanquine said:

@MadchesterManc This! This is my only complaint. I want Yakuza or any asian flavoured games so bad. Even if its a visual novel! Im learning Kanji for a reason just to read those damn visual novels:D



Gemuarto said:

@Sanquine Have no idea =(. I buy only digital. But disgaea 3 has nice boxart, eh, me want it to have Also, D4 will be out in Japan in january, so maybe it will come to US and EU around april.

Also, main campaign in disgaea 3 is moderate, story and gameplay-wise. The main fun is in postgame. a lot of grinding and planning. Also you can unlock many characters from other NISA games.



OrbitScant said:

If they delayed Driveclub for quality issues then they've done it for the right reason in my book. Besides there is always NFS Rivals. Polygon are saying that the PS4 version looks better than the PC version. Next year will be amazing for exclusives on PS4. Infamous SS, Driveclub and The Order will keep me busy not to mention the third party releases. Still sticking with my PS4 pre-order. Don't forget Watchdogs is also delayed on X1.



AaronYeager said:

The news doesn't affect me much because I didn't plan on getting a PS4 until 2014 anyway unless I get the hook up on Black Friday. I actually take this as good news because Drive Club and Watch Dogs are two of the games I'm most interested in and I'm happy the devs have more time to fix whatever needs fixed.



divinelite said:

Tried God eater 2 and not really satisfied. Thepproblem from the first still aparant especially control. I'll be stocked when Toukiden comes

Before I really like ragnarok ace and play it all the time

... Till pokemon comes and destroy my vita playtime



rjejr said:

Bad news for Sony is good news for Sammy, the posts are proliferating this week. 8-)

Nintendo should be smiling a bit inside after their big Wii U "launch window" title Pikmin 3 got delayed twice, spring and summer. I bought my Wii U about 6 days after Pikmin 3 came out.

For those annoyed at the game delays, I suggest you do the same. Sony doesn't care - they held off on these 2 announcements until after their pre-order supply sold-out. The PS4 could launch w/ no games and people would still buy it just because.



Visiblemode said:

Want to play it, but can wait... only concern comes from Sony keeping the ship righted. They should add more beyond Contrast (despite that I'm happy to get it free)to compensate. Not that they inherently owe anyone, but then again they sold this machine to many people on a free day-one Driveclub. Why give up any ground this late into the game?



-CraZed- said:

@Visiblemode Contrast IMHO is more than enough (not that I'd hate it if Sony added even more games) and since DC will still have a PS+ version when it finally does release this shouldn't really affect anyone's overall enjoyment of the system.
There are plenty of great games available at launch and I know I'll be busy trying to get through them all before the next crop of anticipated titles comes out.
I am just as excited as I was the day I preordered my console.



Ginkgo said:

I was never planning to pick up a PS4 at launch, but was definitely getting one for Christmas (pre-ordered). I am now reconsidering this, and may wait until 2014 sometime.

Money is a little tight in my house this year, which is a consideration, and with Watch-Dogs and Drive Club delayed, the need to have one "now" has greatly diminished for me. I will probably wait. Still weighing things up.



Visiblemode said:

@-CraZed- Yeah, don't get me wrong. Had planned on buying Contrast, day one. So this is nice...yet you are compensating people expecting "free" access to 90% of a AAA racer on their new console, day one. They sold the service to many with they promise. Not me, I'm're pleased, we don't matter, we're buying it no matter what. Sony has to tread lightly here as far as the masses are concerned.



Gamer83 said:

I'm massively disappointed but cancelling a pre-order would be crazy since there still is Killzone: Shadow Fall, AC IV, Injustice and NBA 2K14. These delays annoy me though, both games were hyped up and while maybe not promised as day one games there's no reason they shouldn't be. I fully believe it's just a way to artificially make 2014 seem better but it makes day one very weak outside of Killzone and even with Watch_Dogs (multiplat anyway) and Drive Club being delayed, PS4 still lags behind X1 next year in terms of exclusives. These games had better deliver. Drive Club seems like it can salvaged but from what I've seen of Watch_Dogs, since it's already delayed I wouldn't mind if Ubisoft announced it was ripping the current build apart and starting over completely. The game was looking very underwhelming and when it gets worse with each showing, that's a huge issue.



PMasterTy9 said:

In a way I am kind of glad that Watch Dogs is delayed it will give me time to focus on Drive Club, Killzone, Need For Speed, etc.



Tasuki said:

I am not at all disappointed since the main game I am looking forward to is AC IV. Watch Dogs looked good too but I can wait for that one.



longshot28 said:

I was sad, but then they announced they were giving me contrast, a game I was planning on buying day 1. I'm still super excited for NOV 15th and the more I see on AC IV the more I get excited to play it on PS4.



artemisthemp said:

It's ofc a little disappointing to have less game to test the PS4 with but, it also means you will have more time with the available titles + Contrast for free makes me happy



charlesnarles said:

Mine's paid off and coming home with me on the 15th for sure. I'll just wait for the games... and then play them.



Beaston61 said:

Well, I'm getting mine in January time... so, it's no loss to me. Sorry for all those that were waiting for these games, on day 1 PS release.



Knux said:

I was going to pre-order my PS4 along with Watch-Dogs, Knack, and Killzone: Shadow Fall; but I'm glad that I waited. I'll likely wait and buy my PS4 when Watch_Dogs is out.

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