E3 2015: Why Worry About PlayStation 4’s Fall Lineup?


Sony’s PlayStation 4 approach has taken a bit of a beating as people wonder why so few of their first party games will be surfacing this holiday season for the second year in a row. Initially, I was putting this together to show how PlayStation is placing many of their exclusive titles out of the fall and holiday schedule. I was going to show a shift in priority for Sony’s WorldWide Studios in having games come out less during the peak consumer holiday season. I was wrong. PlayStation has more console exclusive games coming in the next quarter of gaming than anyone else.

Outside of remasters, meaning no Uncharted Collection or God of War 3, PlayStation 4 has a lot of exclusive content in the Fall season. Starting in July, there are 4 straight months PlayStation 4 has at least two console exclusives releasing.

Here is a table demonstrating the games Sony has announced they will be releasing this Fall alongside Nintendo and Xbox. Some of Sony’s games are also PC releases.

PlayStation 4Xbox OneWii U/3DS
Rocket League 7/7Rare Replay 8/4Etrian Odyssey 8/4
Deception IV: The Nightmare Princess 7/14Forza Motorsport 6 9/15Garfield Kart 8/11
Godzilla 7/14Halo 5: Guardians 10/27Paddington: Adventures in London 8/11
Everybody’s Gone To The Rapture 8/11Fable Legends N/ALBX: Little Battlers eXperience 8/21
Until Dawn 8/25Rise of the Tomb Raider 11/10Hatsune Miku: Project Mirai DX 9/8
Nobunaga’s Ambition: Sphere of Influence 9/1Super Mario Maker 9/11
SOMA 9/22Animal Crossing Happy Home Designer 9/25
Samurai Warriors 4 9/29Rodea The Sky Soldier 10/13
Dragon Quest: Heroes 10/13Yoshi’s Wooly World 10/16
Tales of Zestiria 10/20Xenoblade Chronicles X 12/4
Persona 5 N/ADevil’s Third N/A

PlayStation obviously does not have a game with as much collective gamer mindshare as Halo 5 releasing in this time, but that is generally true of all of their exclusive efforts. As big as Uncharted has become, it still may not be as big as Halo is (even with the recent tapering of Halo sales since Halo 3).

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This is not the time to worry about PlayStation or the PlayStation 4 lineup. They have more than enough titles releasing in the next 6 months. In fact, they have more than anyone else. If anything, the question becomes why Sony is not pushing PlayStation 4 exclusives like Until Dawn as hard as games months, probably years off. The other part many seem to ignore is the place to play third party games is on PlayStation 4. From Batman next week to Hitman in December, almost every game this Fall and Holiday season features exclusive PlayStation 4 content.

The narratives surrounding any of these consoles not having enough games needs to stop. Including third party games, most console owners should not know the meaning of a drought this holiday. It is a great time to be a gamer, no matter which platform you play on.

Fun side note: PlayStation, Xbox, and Nintendo are mostly avoiding releasing anything to compete with the likes of Star Wars: Battlefront, Call of Duty, and Fallout 4 in November. That’s just a murderer’s row of big-name titles for your exclusive game to get lost in the shuffle.

Not-as-fun side note: R.I.P. Rise of the Tomb Raider. I loved the first one and it was perfectly poised to take advantage of Spring when it released last. Now it is on the same day as Fallout 4 and sharing a Microsoft partnership. I hate it had to be you, Lara.

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