What We Should Have Seen at Sony’s PS4 Reveal

Published 2 years ago by , Updated February 22nd, 2013 at 2:33 pm,

What We Should Have Seen at Sony's PS4 Reveal

What Sony Should Have Shown at the PS4 Event Now that the dust has settled after Sony's grand unveiling of the PlayStation 4, the world has had time to digest the information that was presented. There are certainly a number of things that made the console instantly appealing — the fantastic visuals, a number of games that were displayed, and the sharing functionality included — but there were a few things M.I.A. during the conference that left many gamers wanting to know more about the forthcoming platform. Be it a new game, a look at the console itself, or even a price point, there are a number of things that fans would have liked to see during the event. The crew at Game Rant drummed up a list of a few PS4-related items that we would have liked to see at Sony's grand event. Let's begin.

The Lost Guardian

PlayStation 4 The Last Guardian Screenshots By: Riley Little There are a handful of games that get me genuinely excited every year, and Team Ico's The Last Guardian has been teasing me with its awesomeness for far too long. Sony continues to assure fans that the game is still in development, but nothing new has been seen or heard on the project in several years. It's because of this exceedingly long delay that many began to believe that the long-forgotten title may make the jump to PlayStation 4. As fans quickly found out, after sitting through Sony's two-hour PS4 showcase, The Last Guardian is still nowhere to be seen, and it almost definitely won't be ready for the console's launch later this Fall — if ever. Sony needs to provide gamers with an official update on the project soon, because this beast needs to take its rightful place in the spotlight or be put down once and for all.

God of No-War to Be Found

God of War PlayStation 4 Screenshots By: Kyle Matthews While it's no surprise that Santa Monica Studio has had its hands full for quite some time with the franchise, one of the odd men out last night was Kratos and the God of War series. Frankly, even something as simple as a nod back to the original title on PS2 and its subsequent evolution to the PS3 and beyond would have sufficed. Tremendous care was taken with GoW2 on the PS2 to ensure the system could crank out as much juice as possible just before the PS3 was released, so could not the same have been done for the transition from PS3 to PS4? I'm just snowballing ideas here, but the exclusion of Kratos, punctuated by a slap in the form of the series' iconic musical cue placed knowingly in one of the developer intros, seems a little odd to me. Especially considering that God of War 4 was rumored to debut at the event.

More Questions, Few Answers

PlayStation Characters By: Kevin Moonlight It's not too surprising that new IPs or new sequels were hardly talked about at the event. This was about the PS4 and its features, not the games. Sony only brought a sample of trailers and gameplay clips to show off some of the new hardware in action and how it has progressed since the PS3. Getting the bulk of the hardware and features out of the way opens up their conference at E3 to show off as many games for the PS4 as possible, and should provide an even better look at what Sony has in line for the launch window. Maybe we'll even get a glimpse of the actual PS4 system, and there's little doubt that playable demos will be in abundance at the big event. If E3 hits and there's no mention of hit franchises, continuations, or even a dose of new IPs, that is when we should sound the alarm for worry. Gamers should hold their cynicism pertaining to the PlayStation 4 until E3 has wrapped up, since there's little doubt that games will be a heavy focus during the event.

Still on Guard for The Last Guardian

PlayStation 4 The Last Guardian Screenshots By: Travis Grosz Ico and Shadow of the Colossus are two of Sony's biggest and most acclaimed exclusives to date, so when it was announced that their newest project, The Last Guardian, is still in production, I had my mind set on seeing Team Ico at the conference. When the conference came to an end, however, I couldn't help but feel a bit empty inside regarding the absence of the developer; and more importantly its highly anticipated game. No new information on the title has come out recently and it has left me with the question, "where in the world is this game?" My guess is that Sony has to save some stuff for E3 and future events… right?

Insomniac & Naughty Dog Skipping Out?

Uncharted 4 PlayStation 4 By: Kalen Nelson Two of my favorite Sony developers were noticeably absent from the conference. Not only was I treated to a new Killzone instead of a new Resistance or main Ratchet & Clank title, but there was a distinct lack of Nathan Drake on the stage. You would think that Sony would push for both of these studios to have some serious announcements to get gamers pumped up and impress the stock holders. The Uncharted series of games has been one console seller after another and announcing a new one would have put Sony in a very good position.

The PlayStation 4 Commercial That Should Have Been

PlayStation 4 E3 2013 By: Brian Sipple After the two-hour affair that was the Future of PlayStation, it became widely apparent that this wasn't the PlayStation 4’s coming-out party. It was a bridge. Sony appears to be waiting until E3 2013 to fully unveil its new console, and that’s entirely understandable. But they missed a massive opportunity to keep the pot stirring until then. That's why I think the final piece of Sony's presentation should have been a 15-second teaser trailer: We're traveling down a dimly lit hallway, walls lined with pictures of iconic PlayStation characters, and in the distance sits a table enshrouded in darkness. As we creep closer, a vague object forms on the table, a logo at its center flickering weakly on and off. Suddenly — and we're inches away now — the logo sparks to life, spelling out "PlayStation 4" and illuminating the object just enough so that we can discern a few rough outlines, a few blurry textures and maybe even an output port or two. The screen cuts out to black. A voice begins to marvel at what he's seeing. It's Nathan Drake's voice. "E3 2013" fades in, sleek and sinewy in corresponding PS4 font, and Christmas for Sony fans has just been rescheduled to the month of June.


PlayStation 4 logo With that, we've completed a list of things that a number of the Game Rant staff were hoping would make an appearance during this week's big PlayStation 4 event. There are countless other possible announcements that gamers would have loved to see occur, but were instead sorely missed. Now that E3 2013 is quickly approaching, fans can rest assured that Sony has plenty of additional surprises up its sleeve. What were you hoping would be revealed during the big PlayStation 4 event? Which unannounced games are you hoping Sony will unveil at E3?

TAGS: PS4, Sony

  • Gallifreyanjedi

    I was honestly hoping for a Final Fantasy Versus XIII trailer, or at least it being announced as a launch title for the system. I know E3 is going to have a new FF title announced for the system; but I’m hoping that it’s a cover up for Versus or just renaming it Final Fantasy XV.

  • COREY_1993

    GOD OF WAR… why would they have that at a ps4 event, not to mention ascension is coming. id wait for that at E3.

    yeah, naughty dog not being their was weird… never expected that.

    we have this year to get info… they games they announced are not the only games coming, they have to show off and be the talk of the town at E3

    • Dead_Echo

      Chances are that Uncharted 4 or something Uncharted related is coming, but Naughty Dog doesn’t like to show off their stuff until it’s nearly done. They also hate announcing release dates before they’re sure that it’s a done deal so that they don’t rush like they were forced to on Uncharted 3.

  • Atomic Gumshoe

    Regarding Naughty Dog and Insomniac, Insomniac said they are done with the Resistance franchise which is probably for the best, and Naughty Dog is in the final throes of production on the Last of Us, it’s possible that they don’t actually have something to show. By the way Riley your commercial idea is great.

    • COREY_1993

      there are two teams in naughty dog, the second team is working on something not announced

    • http://gamerant.com Riley Little

      haha I wish I could take credit for that idea, but I’ve got to give credit where credit is due. That commercial was the brainchild of my friend Brian Sipple. I’ll agree with you, though, it is a wicked idea for an ad.

  • Justin Loomis

    This list seemed to whine too much about sequels. God Of War is getting another game not even a month away. Uncharted can rest for a few years, 3 was good, but it felt too mandatory. And TWO slides about The Last Guardian?

  • http://whatdirectdemocracymightbe.wordpress.com/ Daryl Davis

    Sorry to rant here, but I thought the Sony event played out like an extended train wreck. Most of the games’ graphics looked no better than today’s — and in some cases (the wintry scene outdoors) they looked worse. The tepid and sometimes non-existent audience applause added to this sense of failure. The biggest response came for a somewhat ridiculous game of Let’s Make a Puppet Band.

    Watch Dogs seemed boring — too much extensive walking and running about — as opposed perhaps to climbing into high performance or futuristic vehicles. I mean, open worlds are nice, but was that really the most exciting clip they could have shown us? A police car hits a hard pylon?

    Stocks for social media have been tanking recently. So Sony seems to have committed full-bore to a fading phenomenon. It’s gonna get pretty old pretty fast to see my facebook timeline choked with gameplay clips from friends and family. Nor do I want anyone talking in my ear who isn’t in the game playing beside me — and forget about inviting someone else to beat the hard parts FOR me! That would be a tad pathetic.

    Sony should have focused upon diversifying gameplay — knocking us out with an innovation, one more exciting than the latest FPS or RPG. Surely we haven’t exhausted every idea under the sun. Maybe the Wifi capability of the Vita could have been extended to controllers, so that gamers could use their touchscreens as playscreens on the go.

    At the very least, create game titles that are milestones for their genres — like the most difficult game ever(e.g. Ninja Gaiden or Dark Souls.) In other words, set a new mark of some kind. Do something worth the challenge.

    What I saw the other evening was a tired race toward the middle of the pack.

    • BKac

      You’re right…I wasn’t impressed with the graphics at all.

      • Dovahkiin

        Consider it was streaming as well, I know my stream quality was terrible.

    • filmmaniac111

      Watch Dogs looks incredibly badass. Not every game has to be a run and gunner. This is strange, most people are looking forward to it. I guess not every one wants different out of the box gameplay..

      • http://whatdirectdemocracymightbe.wordpress.com/ Daryl Davis

        I don’t understand your “run and gunner” comment. The trailer shows a guy running around with his gun drawn. I hope you’re right though and Watch Dogs turns out to be an innovative, out of the box game. But I didn’t see any sign of this in the trailer at the reveal — where it should have been on proud display.

        My rant was primarily a criticism of the Sony event, and only secondarily of that ho-hum trailer. But truth be told, I’d just as soon skip the hacking challenges in most games if I could; so I’m not really interested in an entire game of hacking. To each his own though.

  • Smikal

    Gamers make a huge mistake in assuming they were the target audience for this presentation. There were three groups specifically targeted with this presentation; Developers, tech press and investors. Gamers will get their due at E3.

    All sources indicate Sony will report a profit for 2012, showing a strong balance sheet. This presentation will show investors Sony has a strong future, largely by trying to excite developers and tech press. This presentation was about boosting Sony’s stock price. So if you evaluate the presentation by that goal, I’d say a big mission accomplished for Sony.

  • Xigbar

    It feels like there’s something else missing…what was it? oh yeah, THE CONSOLE

  • Dovahkiin

    Imagine what would have happened if they announced Star wars battlefront 3 here, as a launch title. I hope that Disney now pushes for the game to be made since the first two and to a lesser extent the psp version were great hits.

  • Rebanks

    Im definetly looking forward to a next gen Uncharted title for the PS4.

  • James

    Naughty Dog have already mentioned that they are going to make a PS4 title but that their going to get accustomed to the PS4 first.