Re-releases seem to be the flavour of the year when it comes to the PS4; so far we’ve had Tomb Raider, The Last of US, GTA V and a few others break the generational boundaries between the PS3 and PS4. It’s nothing to complain about, more games is always cause for celebration.
With no sign of the re-release trend slowing down anytime soon, especially with the PS4 desperate for more top-tier titles going into next-year and beyond we take a look at some of the finest games of the last-generation and predict which are most likely to get a second release, or maybe even a second chance at success on the PS4.
It seems an odd prediction, but it’s actually more plausible than one might think. Sam Fisher’s latest espionage-thriller was a hit with critics and fans alike after returning to its routs whilst offering differing style of play. The ability to go through entire levels without killing a single inept henchman was complimented by the choice of going through the exact same level all guns blazing and still being successful, it was a return to form for Ubisoft’s veteran super-spy. Unfortunately Splinter Cell: Blacklist didn’t sell nearly as well as Ubisoft had expected with only 2 million copies being bought. Is it the most likely? No, but where there’s money to be made Ubisoft usually aren’t too far behind.
The Uncharted games were without a doubt the most graphical pleasing games to grace the PS3 due to Naughty Dog’s talent and resources. You probably weren’t aware that while the game isn’t rendered in full HD, almost all of the games’ assets were created in HD before being scaled down to accommodate for the PS3’s limitations. Is it likely? Most definitely, especially after The Last of Us got a second release on the PS4.
The question on everybody’s mind right now is: what’s after GTA V PS4? Rockstar don’t tend to release multiple games a year, in fact their release schedule is generally spread pretty thin – quality over quantity. Whilst there’s no doubt that GTA 6 is already being discussed behind closed doors, Take-Two (Rockstar’s parent company) will need to bring in the cash and what better way than to re-release one of the greatest games of the last generation? Red Dead Redemption was an unexpected hit with critics and players though it failed to perform as well as the GTA series it could certainly get a boost on the PS4 with a few visual upgrades here and there and the Red Dead Undead Nightmare DLC included. Players would literally cream themselves for the chance to play Red Dead Redemption on PS4, so it’s very likely to happen.
The companion to this years Assassin’s Creed: Unity is only available on the PS3 and Xbox 360 – for now. There’s a PC release slated for early next year though it’s one of the most likely titles to get re-released on the PS4. Built using the same engine as Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag, Rogue places players in the robes of a Templar for the first time. As mentioned earlier, where there is money to be made Ubisoft won’t be far behind and that rings true with Assassin’s Creed: Rogue. Ubisoft are well aware that many who bought the PS4 most likely sold their PS3 to fund their new console therefore missing out on Rogue. Our prediction: an updated release sometime between May 2015 and June 2015, the typically less crowded months on the gaming calendar.
You can read our review of Assassin’s Creed: Rogue here and Unity here.
The God of War Series got a re-release on the PS2, so why not bring the best of the bunch from the PS3 to the PS4? With God of War III and Ascension showcasing some of the most impressive graphics on the PS3 they’re more or less ready made for the PS4. Will it happen? It’s likely, but maybe not for a while.
There’s always the possibility that none of these titles will ever see the light of day in the form of a re-release on the PS4, but they do seem to be the most likely at this moment in time. Then again, with Sony currently trialling PlayStation Now the first party games could be pushed onto the service as a cheaper way of bringing in some revenue. In the meantime, we’ll just have to wait and see.
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