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Talking Point: Is a Big Reveal Likely During Sony's PS4 Launch Livestream?

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Dropping bombs

We’ve lost count of PlayStation press conferences this year. Ordinarily the platform holder commits three big events to the gaming calendar – E3, GamesCom, and TGS, of course – but this year it’s eschewed that trend in favour of quite literally a half-dozen media briefings or more. The latest in its long line of livestreams is scheduled to start minutes before its next generation console’s launch in North America – but should we really be expecting any major announcements during the show?

Posting on Twitter late last week, gaming hype master Geoff Keighley hinted at an epic night of “world premieres and announcements” during the Japanese giant’s pre-release celebration. The show – which is set to be broadcast from 23:00PM ET on Spike TV – will be shot live in New York City, as hundreds of excited consumers line up outside retailers across the nation to pick up their pre-orders. Asked if there would be any new PS4 titles unveiled during the event, the GameTrailers TV host responded with an emphatic “definitely”.

It’s something that the PlayStation Blog has hinted at, too. A post officially outlining the broadcast overnight teased the unveiling of “exclusive world premieres and announcements” that will define the next generation system throughout the coming year and beyond. Despite the device not deploying until later in the month in Europe, the overseas arm of the manufacturer’s official website reiterated the statement, noting that anyone across the globe will be able to tune into the broadcast – assuming that they’re willing to set their alarm clocks. It all sounds like a lot of work for a livestream of people standing in line, huh?

It’s not just Geoff Keighley that’s been hyping up the event, either. Hardware marketing guru John Koller got in on the action on Twitter, informing followers that there would be “major PS4 game announcements” during the broadcast. Meanwhile, SCEE suit Tony Clark joined in on the fun, posting the following cryptic comment: “Major PS4 game announcements, you say?” He concluded the message with a winking face. We’re sure that the infuriatingly ambiguous Tweets are only going to continue over the coming days.

In fact, Sony Worldwide Studios president Shuhei Yoshida is the only person that doesn’t seem excited. Asked if we should expect any “surprises” during the livestream, the likeable executive responded with an emphatic “no”. Pushed on the matter – and quizzed on prior comments – he added that “Geoff [Keighley] says what you want to hear”. Seeing as the luminary is prone to a spot of online teasing himself, it seems strange that he’d adopt a different message to his colleagues. Either he’s telling the truth, or trolling.

But does dropping a bomb or two on the eve of the next generation console’s release even make sense? It’s an unusual strategy, as the majority of people that ordinarily pay attention to these kinds of events will no doubt be waiting in line to pick up their shiny new platforms. However, with the broadcast set to be shot in New York City, that will only really affect the East Coast; those in the West Coast and Europe will be free to watch the action unfold without any major distractions. Furthermore, the atmosphere outside stores will no doubt be electric regardless, but the reaction to a big announcement would make priceless footage for subsequent mainstream news reports on the system’s release.

There’s also the small matter of the Xbox One’s approaching launch. Sony will not be able to blot out the hype surrounding Microsoft’s system entirely, but it will be able to dampen enthusiasm by revealing a title or two. With the competing console due out a week later in North America, the firm may want to turn the screw on its competitor a little bit, and convince any fence sitters to plump up for the PlayStation platform instead. It’s going to sell out of launch day consoles regardless, but keeping the momentum behind its machine through the New Year will be paramount to the format’s future success.

Exactly what could the company possibly unveil, though? As discussed earlier in the year, it’s clear that the firm’s been stockpiling serious ammunition for some time now, with Naughty Dog, Sony Santa Monica, Media Molecule, and more all openly working on games that have yet to be announced. We suspect that it will be eager to save one of those for the VGAs later in the year, but if it’s feeling particularly bullish, there’s no doubt that it could out a major first-party project during the broadcast. Personally, though, we think that it’s more likely to hold those games back for next year’s E3, where they’re likely to make the biggest possible splash.

So, what else could there possibly be that would get people excited? Well, the language on the PlayStation Blog specifically mentions that there will be “announcements about the PS4 games that will define 2014”, suggesting that the reveals may revolve around titles that we already know about. We wouldn’t be surprised in the slightest if inFAMOUS: Second Son got a new trailer and release date, giving new system owners a fresh date to look forward to. We also suspect that Ready at Dawn will deploy The Order: 1886’s first gameplay footage, following on from last month’s Game Informer cover story.

And then there’s the possibility of smaller titles. Tony Clark’s aforementioned awareness of the event is interesting, seeing as he works with Shahid Ahmad in SCEE’s business development department. We wouldn’t rule out the appearance of a smaller digital download or two, with Mark Rein’s recent enthusiasm in the PS4 perhaps indicating that Epic Games could bring the co-operative title Fortnite to the format. Confirmation that both Journey and The Unfinished Swan are coming to the system – which seem like certainties from where we’re sitting – would also be equally well received.

It’s always worth tempering your expectations a touch in these kinds of scenarios, as unreasonable anticipation can lead to unnecessary disappointment. Nevertheless, Shuhei Yoshida’s contrary comments on the subject aside, we reckon that it’s pretty clear that the platform holder has a handful of announcements lined up for next week’s livestream. The big question is: what would you most like to see make the schedule?


Is your body ready for another night of PS4 premieres? Is there anything in particular that you’d like to see unveiled for Sony’s next generation system? Are you keeping your expectations in check? Freak out in the comments section and poll below.

Which of the following would you most like to see announced? (55 votes)

The next game from Naughty Dog or Sony Santa Monica would sure be swell

62%

I’m eager to see even more indie titles from a selection of smaller studios

7%

Give me a release date for inFAMOUS: Second Son and I’ll be ecstatic

13%

I wouldn’t be able to contain my hype if we got gameplay for The Order: 1886

18%

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User Comments (32)

get2sammybAdmin

#2

get2sammyb said:

@Legendaryboss That's actually a very, very pertinent point. That was after PS Vita TV was announced, though, so he wasn't really lying there. Still, Yoshida's comments seem at odds with everyone else on this one. There will definitely be something.

shingi_70

#3

shingi_70 said:

@Legendaryboss

Yoshida jokes around on twitter alot.

While I want to see at least one big new game (the rumored FF-esque JRPG from Japan Studio or the rumored WRPG from Gureilla games). Mostly i'd like to see more info about all the already announced games.

Punished_Boss_84

#4

Punished_Boss_84 said:

@get2sammyb Either way there has to be something big considering the day and the amount of coverage this is getting in addition to US Launch and hyping up the EU launch.

Wait what? No next game from Bend Studio or other popular developers, vote aborted.

BornOfEvil

#5

BornOfEvil said:

@Sony_70 I've heard rumors that Guerrilla is secretly working on Heavenly Sword 2 or some kind of Fantasy RPG. Regardless of what they're doing, I'm overhyped to find out what it is, even if we won't be seeing it for a while.

I'd also like to hear that Sony Bend or London Studio is working on a Vita game and I'm sure that whatever Japan Studio is working on will be legendary.

Matt_Berial

#6

Matt_Berial said:

I honestly can't vote. Too many good choices. What i would really like to see is a Demon's Souls 2 announcement. But that is not possible with Dark Souls 2 stuff going on.

But i am excited to see what they announce.

Matt_Berial

#7

Matt_Berial said:

@Lelouch Heavenly Sword 2 would be nice. But that Fantasy RPG (if true) would peak my interest a bit more. Or maybe I'm just crazy. We need more RPG's/JRPG's for next gen! lol

BornOfEvil

#8

BornOfEvil said:

@Clamedeus We won't be seeing many JRPG's until the PS4 launches in Japan and then there's one coming out in 2015 called Onigiri, which looks promising.

Matt_Berial

#10

Matt_Berial said:

@Lelouch Yeah, i have a feeling that's the only way we are going to be getting any JRPG's, is when Japan gets it.

I'll have to check that out, I haven't heard of that.

Matt_Berial

#12

Matt_Berial said:

@Sanquine Lol That is true. Not for me though. :P I love a challenge. I have only 5 trophies left to Platinum it, i lost my game save which annoyed me. >.< I'm thinking about re-playing it though to get it.

DVS

#13

DVS said:

Ok, sarcasm. Has anyone heard of it? Shuhei practically oozes it at times.
Shuhei is doing a Shuhei by saying yes by saying no. If you get what I mean.... : )

get2sammybAdmin

#14

get2sammyb said:

There is actually a rumour that Demon's Souls 2 is in production for PS4. I'm still not sure I believe it...

Visiblemode

#17

Visiblemode said:

To be honest I think they should actually force a big announcement if one isn't planned. Defusing all this hype would be a mistake. Even something like a promotion such as for the next 24 hours PS+ will be $1 for a one year subscription (with stacking limit, like one new one) at the very least.

A big announcement like SSM or Naughty Dog title would be ideal, but they have to do something either way. Definitely best if they at least tease a new AAA. Also, some footage of SS and 1886.

Also, they should make the production awesome. Maybe have tapped Quantic Dream for some cool realtime CGI etc.

They are likely to rehash stuff for the sake of casuals, but they should remember that hardcore gamers are going to be glued to this thing, you have to wow people. Make people literally say "wow!"

Gamer83

#21

Gamer83 said:

I'd love for an announcement to be made about ND's or Santa Monica's next game but yeah, it would make little to no sense to do this, on launch day no less. I'm going to a midnight, getting my system, heading home, hooking the PS4 up and then sinking a ton of hours into Killzone: Shadow Fall, AC IV and Injustice. It makes more sense to save the big reveals for the VGAs, and then the bigger conventions like E3 and TGS.

DirectAim

#24

DirectAim said:

inFAMOUS: Second Son and The Order: 1886 are doing nothing to hype me.

Games like Dark Souls 2, ESO, Destiny, BF4, those are the types of titles that get the world hyped up!

We need some real big hitters!

LDXD

#26

LDXD said:

I'm more hyped for darksouls ll on ps3 than anything else on any other system other than that destiny looks great so far along with killzone I'll probably pick up a ps4 when destiny comes out, well that's my plan so far unless some crazy good RPG or something comes out beforehand

Carl-G

#27

Carl-G said:

No more indie stuff PLEASE :-/ Saw some cool indie games so far but enough with the indie stuff for now. I want to see the next ND game the most & LBP3 maybe & The Order gameplay would be good to :P

MadchesterManc

#28

MadchesterManc said:

@Carl-G It'd be good if Sony waitied till they had enough to show for those studio's games though and didn't announce them too early :) we all know they're coming but timing is crucial. Id prefer to not have a repeat of Microsofts Halo5 when its announced at E3 this year, with no gameplay footage, yet isn't due till late 2014 at the earliest. My hype's already died for that.

FROSTYKILLA

#29

FROSTYKILLA said:

Really hoping they announce a ton of new games/release dates on the stream. Unfortunately i'll be working the midnight launch at Gamestop that night, but would love to here about all the big announcements the next day!

longshot28

#30

longshot28 said:

@DirectAim The order is actually one of the games that got me amped, And watching the reveal back in Feb my wife actually pointed to the TV and said " I wanna play that"

Sutorcen

#32

Sutorcen said:

Ok first of all a sequel to an existing IP isn't great news. It's the logical thing. Updates on existing games are also expected. Now announcing a new IP, now that would be exciting, that would be great news. Although now that I'm typing this, another title comes to mind that could make a huge splash. Monster Hunter for PS4/Vita. I know it has been denied time and again, but maybe it was all part of the plan. MM's new game could also make a splash as long as it's not LBP plus that rumoured Naughty Dog game. Only a few days left. Oh Quantic Dreams could also make an appearance... maybe.

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