updated 06:27 pm EDT, Tue August 12, 2014
New games from Ninja Theory, Wild Sheep Studios, updates on Destiny DLC, Far Cry 4
As with Sony's press event at the Electronic Entertainment Expo early in the year, the company's Gamescom event was a mix of hardware and games. While some of the hardware announcements were welcome, the company also released a bunch of news regarding some big-name titles coming to the console in the next year, some smaller titles on the way, and updates on some of the most anticipated games out this year.
New title announcements ranged from the small scale to much bigger news during the course of the press event. On the smaller side, a collaborative effort between Q-Games and Sony Computer Entertainment Europe called The Tomorrow Children was announced. Sony announced that a horror game called P.T. is available today. Mike Bithell, the developer of Thomas Was Alone, stated that his next game Volume is coming to PlayStation 4 (PS4) and Vita in 2015. The cel-shaded Rime from Tequila Works is also coming to the PS4 as an exclusive.
A number of new titles from some big studios were unveiled during the conference. Ninja Theory, the developer of Heavenly Sword and the latest iteration of Devil May Cry, announced a new game called Hellblade. There aren't many details on the game so far, other than the cinematic shown featuring a battle-worn female lead. According to Joystiq, Sony said the game will arrive first on PS4.
Wild, a new game from Wild Sheep Studios, will be launched as a PlayStation 4 exclusive. Wild Sheep Studios is led by Rayman and Beyond Good & Evil creator Michel Ancel. Wild is an open-world game that takes place 10,000 years in the past. Gamers can take on the role of any living being, including humans and various animals.
Until Dawn, a game that was originally set to be released on PlayStation 3, it being brought over to the PS4. Its said that the horror title from Supermassive Games, that places a group of friends stuck on a mountain through life-or-death decisions, will be released in 2015. The game was originally being developed for use with PS Move, but has had its design, build and writing changed for the PS4.
Attendees at the press event were able to hear some fresh news about some bigger games on the horizon. It was announced that the first downloadable content, The Dark Below, for Destiny is coming out in December. PlayStation 4 owners get an exclusive map in it. Gamers that pick up the next Far Cry game will be given ten codes to give to friends for a free trial of the game. The PlayStation exclusive was announced during the Electronic Entertainment Expo, but the latest news is that the trial is limited to two hours of co-op. New footage from Metal Gear 5: The Phantom Pain and Bloodborne was displayed.
As for some smaller announcements, the survival-horror game Day Z is coming to the PlayStation 4. Paradox and Ruffian Games, the developer of Crackdown 2, is bringing Hollowpoint to the next-gen console in 2015. Housemarque, the developer of Resogun, is bringing a new game called Alienation exclusively to the PlayStation 4. The Vanishing of Ethan Carter from The Astronauts will arrive on the PS4 in 2015. A PS4 version of Tearaway called Tearaway Unfolded is expected next year.