GC ’14 – Playstation 4: Hellblade, SHARE PLAY, Until Dawn, DayZ, Hollowpoint, and more
Sony made a variety of announcements at their Gamescom 2014 media briefing that included brand new games like Hellblade and Hollowpoint, a DayZ port to the PS4, and more remasters like Journey and The Unfinished Swan. Check them all out below.
Bohemia Interactive boss Dean Hall announced at Sony’s briefing that the studio will be releasing DayZ on the PS4. This game will be in direct competition with Sony Online Entertainment’s H1Z1.
There is no word on when the game will release on the PS4. It is still being developed for PC, but the alpha version has already sold a lot in Steam’s early access program. I have not played that version yet, but I’m assuming the game will be completed relatively soon if the studio expects to release the full game on PS4.
Ninja Theory–the makers of Heavenly Sword and Enclave–announced a new, timed-exclusive for the PS4 today, Hellblade. There is not too much information circling around this game at the moment, but we do have a trailer!
I’m excited for anything Ninja Theory drums up.
Journey and The Unfinished Swan
Thatgamecompany and Giant Sparrow made a join announcement before Sony’s media briefing this morning announcing remastered versions of Journey and The Unfinished Swan, respectively.
Tricky Pixels is developing Journey for the PS4, which will be rendered at 1080p. They are targeting 60fps, but, other than that, no more information was given. The Unfinished Swan, on the other hand, will be developed by Armature Studio. No resolution or fps was given for that game.
Good news is that if you own one or both games on PS3 you will be able to download the PS4 remastered versions at no additional cost.
Crackdown 2 developer, Ruffian Games, announced a new co-op game, Hollowpoint, for PS4. You’re hired by “corporations to do their dirty work”, by training and fighting alongside mercenaries, and “undertake in clandestine tactical missions”.
There is currently no release date for Hollowpoint.
Supermassive Games has announced a new horror game for the PS4 that looks like Cabin in the Woods, but with a real killer. The tagline pretty much sums up the premise of the game: “Will you survive Until Dawn?”
There are eight friends stranded in a cabin on a lonely mountain. This is the type of horror game I’ve been waiting for! Here’s the announcement trailer:
Sony announced a new feature coming to PS4 soon that is pretty damn cool–it’s called SHARE PLAY (yes in all caps). It is the same feature announced at Sony’s PS4 reveal event in February 2013 in which players will be able to get help from their friends in a particular part of a game by having that friend take over their character.
“The best way to think about Share Play is like a “virtual couch”. PlayStation 4 will create an online local co-op experience by allowing you to invite a friend to join your game—even when they don’t own a copy of it. With this first-of-its-kind feature, you’ll be able to play games with a friend just as if you were together in the same room. Let’s say that with games… you’ll be able to invite your friend online to play against the Miami Heat for the championship as the San Antonio Spurs in NBA2K, tackle the challenging Towerfall Ascension Quest Mode together, or aide, heal, and protect you as Igniculus in Child of Light’s local co-op mode.
With Share Play, you can even jump into a game to assist a friend. For example, if there is part of a game that you can’t quite finish, you can invite a friend to take over your controls. Like handing over the controller to a friend on your couch, your screen will be shared as your friend gets through the part of the game that has been giving you trouble—can’t get past that part in The Last of Us: Remastered when you’re hanging upside down? Get a little help.”
Yes, that is how it is spelled. Rayman creator Michael Ancel recently formed his own independent studio and WiLD is the studio’s first game. The game is open world and appears pre-historic, more hunter-gatherer than medieval. The term wild in this game probably refers to all the animals, many of which seem to be attached to the player.
Here is the announcement trailer: