Lots in store for the little black box

Hiroshi Kawano, the president of Sony Computer Entertainment Japan and Asia, has hinted that the upcoming release schedule for the PlayStation 4 is going to be pretty full. Well in Japan, anyway.

In an interview with Famitsu.com, the executive stated: "We plan to release new games at a regular pace. Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes will launch in March, produced by Hideo Kojima. After that, even if I can't disclose them now, we have various games incoming. We're currently considering how to announce them, so stay tuned." With the next generation console's local launch geared up for 22nd February, it will be interesting to see if these teased titles will be announced during the pre-release build up, and if they will come from SCEJ itself or third-party developers.

Much has been made of Sony's secrecy regarding its upcoming titles, but it seems that its Japanese studios are subscribing to the same strategy. The PS4's original delay in its homeland was decided so that more regional appropriate games could be prepared in time for the console's release, which is backed up by Kawano wanting the Asian arm of the company "to be more aggressive this year".

On the flip-side, will Western gamers get to enjoy these unannounced PS4 titles? With Yakuza Restoration not likely to get a release at all in the West, it would be a shame to see the incoming Japanese orientated slate of games suffer the same fate. While localisation is costly and time consuming, we're sure that new console owners would endure a wait for what will inevitably be some intriguing titles – especially if there's a JRPG in the mix.

Are you reassured about the promised influx of games coming from all of Sony's studios, or is the secrecy shrouding so many of the PS4's upcoming releases turning your excitement into frustration? Vent at us in the comments section below.

[source famitsu.com, via dualshockers.com]