Sony has worked diligently to align its next three years, from a development standpoint, and at Gamescom 2014, we received an interesting glance into the PS4's future. The company has talked a lot about wanting to create games for the PS4 that are more diverse and connect with a broader audience, while still creating experiences for the core gamer.
From everything we saw at E3 2014 and everything showed off at Gamescom 2014, it's clear the PS4 has a very bright future and will be receiving plenty of fresh, new games to people's living rooms soon. PlayStation Europe head Jim Ryan spoke about why they featured E3 games prior to the Gamescom conference, and then got into what he described as a 'tipping point' for development over the next few years.
"I can’t make any predictions like that, it would be foolish. But we did think very deeply about the show, last night. And one of the things that I was very pleased that we did was to take the video updates of the stuff that was shown at E3 [Bloodborne, LittleBigPlanet 3, etc. - GC] and show them – we were very pleased with those updates, we liked them and we thought it was important to show them – but not as part of the show.
"I think what underlies this is we’re now about a year in and the sorts of games that you saw last night are with an eye to the platform going a bit broader, in… medium term might be the wrong expression but you’re talking about the back end of year two and year three so you’re at almost a sort of tipping point in terms of the development process; where there’s a bunch of hardcore stuff, obviously – most of which will release quite soon – but then you’re starting to see the Tearaways, LittleBigPlanet is this year, but you know what I mean.
"You’re starting to see last night that variety was a consequence of platform strategy rather than a spreadsheet with people ticking boxes," Ryan said.
Many folks have speculated that Sony is slowly making the shift toward bringing its absolute best to Gamescom, instead of E3. It's interesting to compare and look at what Sony showed off in Cologne with what E3 2014 brought us. That said, it's a bit of a relative comparison to try and make between the two events. E3 has such a rich history in the fabric of gaming, so it would be hard to believe that an essential company like Sony would abandon the event so soon. Stranger things have happened in gaming.
In fairness to Gamescom though, it has gained tremendous momentum when you look at the coverage of the show, as well as attendance. Its popularity is undeniable and certainly has a strong future moving forward.
The PS4 has some very, very strong titles upcoming and a lot of intriguing games as well. New IP like WiLD, The Tomorrow Children and Until Dawn are games many people enjoyed seeing at Gamescom. Some may be further away from launching than others, but fans can be certain that the software support for the PS4 is unshakeable.
Sony's next major IP to debut will be DRIVECLUB when it launches on Oct. 7 exclusively for the PS4. It's also going to be one of PS Plus's games in October.