With Gamescom kicking off in just a couple of days, we figured that we’d bring you our predictions of what the two companies that have been stealing all the headlines, Microsoft and Sony, will have to offer at the show. This article will be covering the PlayStation family, and you’ll find those for Microsoft through this link.
The best place to start off, in my estimation, is with the information that we already know. We brought you the news the other day that Sony will be revealing their launch plans for the PS4 at the show, and the logical conclusion from this is that we will get availability dates for all of the major regions. While I’m not going to try to guess at specific dates, it would be incredibly surprising if the console launches around the globe on the same day. Considering that Gamescom is a European show, and the fact that the region supported the PS3 more faithfully than did the US, it might be logical to assume that the company is going to focus more strongly on this part of the world, perhaps even debuting the system there. This is improbable, but not outside the realm of possibility. In any case, we believe that Sony will come closer to a worldwide launch than ever before without a six month wait between the releases.
If Sony were to reveal a PS4 Bundle, hopefully they will include Knack and Killzone: Shadowfall for around $500. Both have potential to be great games, and it would be nice to have a good bundle deal for both games. On top of this, could Sony also release a PS4/Vita bundle? I’d be very surprised if this wasn’t the case, as the PS4 seems focused on using the Vita for a number of features. Recent rumors have also seemed to hint at this kind of deal. This bundle would probably sell for around $500-$550 if it was to exist. Could we also expect a month of free PS Plus thrown in also? Fingers crossed.
Keeping our focus on hardware for a moment, with the launch of the PS4 right around the corner, and sales of the PS3 flagging, it might be prudent to expect a price drop for the older console in an attempt to reinvigorate it. We’d estimate that it won’t be a huge cut, but will likely equate to around $50. Further, with the low adoption rate of the Vita — and the fact that it has already received a price cut in Japan — we would expect the same to occur in the rest of the world, perhaps in concert with a hardware redesign.
Back in June, Sony hinted that a lot of the in-development PS4 games will be showcased at Gamescom, so this may be where a majority of their conference’s meat lies. LittleBigPlanet developer Media Molecule showed off a rather impressive tech demo back at the original PS4 reveal. They were suspiciously absent at E3, so they could be due to steal the spotlight again in Germany. Quantic Dream, the studio behind Heavy Rain and the upcoming Beyond: Two Souls, has been involved in the PS4 since the beginning with its famous The Dark Sorcerer tech demo meant to showcase the extent of the console’s graphics engine. The studio also, however, announced that it’s working on an actual game for the system, but no new information has come up on that for months. Expect a reappearance from them to at least reveal a title or some concept art. Diehard fans might be hoping for an announcement from Sony developer Naughty Dog, but seeing as how both Uncharted 3 and The Last of Us were revealed at the 2010 and 2011 Spike Video Game Awards, respectively, we may have to wait until this year’s show in December for any news on that front.
For Vita, expect the reannouncement of the handheld’s Bioshock game and the reveal of the latest from Sony’s Bend Studio, the developer behind the Syphon Filter franchise and the Uncharted Vita games. Also, remember through all of the PS4 hype that the PlayStation 3 isn’t dead yet. We wouldn’t be surprised to see the announcement of LittleBigPlanet 3 developed by Sumo Digital, in conjunction with Media Molecule. Because the PS3’s clock is ticking, we may even finally get a progress report on The Last Guardian. If we’re lucky, we’ll even get at least a general release date for this game that has been in development since 2007. As for safe bets, the PS3 focus will probably be on Beyond: Two Souls and Gran Turismo 6, and it’s not a stretch to consider the possibility of seeing the reveal of The Last of Us DLC.
Whatever way you look at it, this is shaping up to be an exciting conference. But what do you think? Is there something we missed that you think might make an appearance or just something you’d really like to see? Let us know below in the comments or take to the forums!