In a console race where both of the big boxes are little more than proprietary PCs, exclusives are good for two things: showing off what your system has that others don’t, and the prestige that comes with such high quality games (if they are high quality, that is).

To the first point, even if No Man’s Sky isn’t technically a PS4 exclusive, Sony want you to think of it as one. As for the second, Sony has a history of signing unusual games as exclusives. No Man’s Sky is no exception.

Unfortunately, not all exclusives are created equal, and some don’t get the marketing spotlight required to make them household names. Even games in well-established series can fall in popularity to the point where we forget they exist. So, here are five upcoming PS4 exclusives that, for one reason or another, we might have forgotten about.

 

Wild (above image)

What is it?

From Michel Ancel, maker of some of Ubisoft’s greatest games (RaymanRayman: OriginsBeyond Good and Evil, even Peter Jackson’s King Kong) comes a prehistoric, procedurally generated sandbox game — “Cave Man’s Sky,” if you will. Announced in 2014, Wild is the first game from Wild Sheep Studio, an independent group set up by Ancel alongside his work at Ubisoft.

Why should we care?

Anything Ancel finds himself attached to is worth a look, especially since Ubisoft still hasn’t seen fit to release Beyond Good and Evil 2 from video game purgatory. Wild takes place in a fantastical prehistoric Europe with shamanic magic that grants the player control over the land’s various animals. The No Man’s Sky comparison isn’t made lightly, either; just like that game, the enormous world of Wild is run by procedural generation and despite its small development team, the game looks beautiful.

There hasn’t been a lot of new info since Paris Games Week in 2015, probably so that Sony doesn’t cross wires with its other caveman exclusive, Horizon: Zero Dawn. We can probably expect to hear a lot more about Wild after February 2017.

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Gravity Rush 2

What is it?

We already looked at this forgotten open-world game in our Games Ignored At E3 article, but the skinny on Gravity Rush is that it’s actually Sony’s other great superhero series. Even more than its brother from across the Pacific, Infamous, the wish fulfillment quotient in Gravity Rush is huge, allowing gravity-powered flight across a comic-book inspired world.

Why should we care?

The first Gravity Rush (originally PSVita exclusive, but now also available on PS4) was based on a fantastic idea, but held back by a so-so combat system and an unfinished story. Gravity Rush 2 is already starting to fix those problems with deeper combat and an entirely new land for our gravity-defying super heroine to explore. Hopefully, Sony can grab the attention of the open-world action crowd so that this game doesn’t fall when it releases in December.

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Final Fantasy XII: The Zodiac Age

What is it?

The Zodiac Age is an HD remaster of the previously Japan-only “International Zodiac Job System” version of Final Fantasy XII. The game is arguably one of the least remembered titles in the core Final Fantasy series. When the original game released around the world for the PS2, most magazines and fans’ eyes had already turned to the PS3 and hoped for the then-in-development Final Fantasy XIII.

Why should we care?

It’s a fantastic example of experimentation in the always experimental Final Fantasy series. Trading in the linearity and emotional hero’s journey of the tenth game for a more politically-minded fantasy spin on Star Wars, Final Fantasy XII was a reunion for many of the staff who worked on games like Final Fantasy Tactics and Vagrant Story. Battles take place in real time and in the field, like the upcoming Final Fantasy XV, and a party AI system called Gambits allows micromanagement of your team members akin to the Dragon Age games. Add to that the standard high polish of a main series Final Fantasy entry, and this game feels like nothing else that’s available today.

The remaster will give Final Fantasy XII a chance in the limelight once again, while improving on the rough edges of the original. Final Fantasy XII: The Zodiac Age is currently slated for release in 2017.

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The Tomorrow Children

What is it?

From developer Q-Games (PixelJunk and, more recently, Nom Nom Galaxy), this game is approaching the notoriety of No Man’s Sky for its multiple delays. Combining Minecraft with Cold War, Soviet iconography, this mining and construction game also parodies the message of communism by encouraging cooperative multi-player. How dare they.

Why should we care?

It looks weird, but in that interesting way that only games can be when they tackle historical and philosophical subjects. Don’t expect anything as insightful as Papers, Please. Rather, expect the game to play on our expectations of what a “Soviet Minecraft” game is supposed to be. As for the online elements, Q-Games have been drawn to multi-player before, but their best work has always been on single player experiences like the PixelJunk games. If The Tomorrow Children is anywhere near as fun as Shooter, or Monsters, or Eden, it deserves a spot on every single player fan’s radar.

Originally scheduled for release in 2015, The Tomorrow Children went through a public beta test this June. Maybe we can hope for a stronger advertising message and a release date towards the end of the year once the big games of Summer are out of the way.

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Wattam

What is it?

Keita Takahashi, the mind behind Katamari and Noby Noby Boy, teams up with the San Francisco developers Funomena to work on his latest… game-ish. It’s a PS4 exclusive about… something. Blowing people up with happiness, we think.

Why should we care?

There’s no easy way to even understand what this game is about, which is probably why it’s forgotten so easily, but with the creator of Katamari on board, it’s worth checking it out sight-unseen.

Wattam is colorful, cute, and the weirdest of the lot when it comes to PS4 exclusives, involving a town with inanimate objects as citizens, joining in chains by holding hands and being friends. That doesn’t sound bad, but as “nice” as Wattam might be, the lack of pulse-pounding excitement could make it a hard sell.

Looking to please fans of Hohokum at the very least, Wattam has no release date yet.

Other Exclusives

So what other platform exclusives do you think aren’t getting enough attention? Should we do a similar list for Xbox or Nintendo next? Share in the comments below, and thanks for reading OnlySP.

Mitchell Ryan Akhurst
Hailing from outback New South Wales, Australia, Mitchell can prattle on about science fiction shooters and tactics-RPGs until the cows come home, but he loves to critique any game in entertaining and informative fashion. He also bears a passion for the real-life stories that emerge out of game development

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