As a console generation comes to an end, people might start to wonder what the system’s legacy might be. Which titles will it be remembered for? The PlayStation 4 is in that position right now. 2019 is probably going to be remembered as one of its final years. But, fortunately for fans of the system, the end of 2019 and 2020 seem bright. In fact, it seems like Sony could be saving the best first-party games for last.
The Last of Us Part II is a game people have been waiting years for. We were left wondering what would happen with Ellie after the original game, and we’ve been trickle teased with new information since. Knowing that a single player game, the first Sony PlayStation 4 first-party one to even take up two discs, is on the way is huge. It will very likely be one of the definitive titles for this console generation, and it will launch in February 2020 as the current cycle is about to end. People might end up seeing it as the ultimate achievement for this system.
Ghost of Tsushima is another one of these first-party games that seems primed to become one of those Sony experiences people point to generations later. This historical adventure will allow people to be a samurai, exploring inFamous and Sly developer Sucker Punch’s new world. It has a major pedigree, looks great in trailers, and has an open world. Basically, it seems like it could have potential. Maybe people will find themselves wanting to get lost in it, making it one of the last good memories with the PlayStation 4?
There’s also Wild, which feels like the sort of game that could have legs long after launch. After all, it will be an open world title. You’ll be collecting animals to help you support yourself and your tribe. Who knows how much character development could be there for your avatar? If the world is large enough and has enough incidental quests, maybe this could end up being the sort of experience where you spend 100 hours in it finding every secret and ensuring your tribe is safe.
Dreams might end up being the best possible cap for the PlayStation 4. This is Media Molecule’s game and experience creation software. It was released in early access in 2019, with a full release after. While it will have a campaign, the draw is getting to do your own thing. Which you then share, so others can enjoy your things. Or, if you don’t feel like creating, you can enjoy the things others put together. There are going to be a lot of things, is what I’m saying, on top of what’s already been made with the not-finished product. People will need that at the end of the console’s life cycle.
The PlayStation 4 is in its twilight years. Sony’s going to have a PlayStation 5 soon, and 2019 and 2020 will very likely turn out to be the last ones where first-party titles are the big deal here. With games like Dreams, Ghost of Tsushima, The Last of Us: Part II, and Wild, we could have the door close on a system with some of its most promising games.