While some analysts are still predicting the end of console gaming as we know it, console makers like Sony are proving them wrong. Sony's game division is currently enjoying its highest yearly profit since 1998, a feat accomplished thanks to reasonably priced hardware supported by an ever-growing library of quality software.
Every year, Sony delivers multiple high quality exclusive games for the PS4, some of which go on to win Game of the Year awards and other accolades. The future looks like it will bring even more high quality exclusives to Sony's eighth generation console, with the following five games perhaps the most exciting exclusive titles on the horizon for the PS4.
5 Days Gone
Revealed at E3 2016, Days Gone is an open world survival-horror game from the creators of Sony's Syphon Filter franchise. In Days Gone, players take control of former bounty hunter Deacon St. John as he attempts to survive a world filled with deadly survivors and endless hordes of the undead. There's not a whole lot we know about Days Gone at this time, but the game's E3 presentation was enough to get any horror fan excited, as it seems to be capable of having thousands of zombies on screen at one time.
4 Death Stranding
The first post-Konami game from Metal Gear Solid mastermind Hideo Kojima, Death Stranding is one of the strangest PS4 exclusive games in development. Like Days Gone, much of Death Stranding is still a mystery at this point, but what we do know about the game is plenty exciting. We know that Death Stranding will be another attempt by Hideo Kojima to create an open world game, and we know that it will feature an all-star cast of Hollywood talent, including the likes of Guillermo del Toro, Mads Mikkelsen, and The Walking Dead's Norman Reedus.
3 God of War
One of the biggest surprises from last year's E3 event was the reveal of God of War, the next game in Sony's critically-acclaimed action series. The new God of War is taking the franchise in bold new directions, with a new style of combat and the addition of Kratos' son Atreus. The game will also be abandoning the franchise's focus on Greek mythology in favor of exploring Norse mythology, which should help it stand apart from its predecessors and carve out an identity all its own.
Marvel has been dominating the silver screen for awhile now, but its video games in recent years have been met with lukewarm reception. That's looking to change soon enough, thanks to Square Enix's Avengers project and the new Spider-Man game from Insomniac. Insomniac, the studio behind PlayStation classics such as Spyro the Dragon and Ratchet & Clank, has never worked with a licensed property before, which makes its Spider-Man game even more interesting. Spider-Man is expected to feature an open world New York City that players are free to explore as Peter Parker or Spider-Man, and boasts a completely original story starring everyone's favorite web-slinger.
1 The Last of Us: Part 2
The Last of Us is one of the highest-rated PS3 games of all time, and so expectations are high for The Last of Us: Part 2. The Last of Us: Part 2 will feature an older version of Ellie, as she and Joel try to survive in post-apocalyptic USA. The game promises to deliver more of the emotional storytelling that defined the original, and if Naughty Dog's track record is any indication, is likely to be a massive hit for the PlayStation 4 when it eventually finishes development.
While we believe the five games listed here are the most exciting exclusives Sony has in the pipeline for PlayStation 4, there's plenty more for PS4 owners to be excited about. Besides these games, titles like Detroit: Become Human from Heavy Rain developer Quantic Dream and the highly anticipated Final Fantasy 7 Remake are in development as well.
It's clear that PlayStation 4 owners have plenty of high quality games to look forward to, but there should be even more in store for fans. E3 2017 is right around the corner, and it's there that fans can expect Sony to make its usual bombshell game announcements. Perhaps fans will be treated to a brand new IP from an established Sony studio, or maybe Sony will be remaking another of its classic games. Time will tell, but with Sony's E3 press conference taking place in June, PS4 fans don't have to wait long to see what the future holds for the console.
Which PS4 exclusive are you most looking forward to playing? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below!