E3 2014: The Next-gen begins in 2015

Waiting game.

As predicted, E3 2014 has been all about the games. Microsoft and Sony's press conferences were dominated by big names like Tomb Raider, Uncharted, and Halo. Nintendo wheeled out Zelda and Mario. And there were indie titles too, like the breathtaking No Man's Sky, and Abzu. The one thing they all had in common? 2015. Yes, we got that dazzling array of games to play on our shiny new consoles we'd all been pining for, but it's a long wait until we can actually get our hands on them.

While it's true that the games announced at E3 often aren't released until the following year, the introduction of new hardware at last year's show has meant a longer wait than usual while developers get to grips with the shiny new hardware. Games like Dying Light and The Division that were announced to such fanfare last year are still in development, with an unspecified 2015 release date attached to them. If, like me, you jumped on board the next-gen bandwagon early, this is frustrating trend.

As my esteemed colleague Martin Gaston reported last week, Arkham Knight, The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, The Order: 1866, Quantum Break, Dying Light, The Division, and Mad Max have all had their release dates pushed back to 2015. The E3 press conferences added the likes of Uncharted 4: A Thief's End, Rise Of The Tomb Raider, and Bloodborne to the pile of games we won't be able to play until next year. No doubt Sony, Microsoft, and Nintendo were hoping a glut of game announcements would move more units, but--with a few exceptions--I'm wondering why anyone would pick up a new console when their seemingly most impressive games are so far off release.

Big hitters that are seeing a release this year like FIFA 15, Call Of Duty: Advanced Warfare, and Dragon Age: Inquisition are appearing on older platforms, in addition to the PS4 and Xbox One. Making a game that scales across so many different platforms isn't an easy task, and there are sacrifices to be made in order to make games that work on the older hardware. When it comes to games that are appearing only on the Xbox One and/or PS4 (and maybe the PC too) this year, games that I consider truly next-gen, your options are far more limited.

With the first wave of PS4 and Xbox One launch titles long behind us (some better than others), there hasn't been much to fill the gap since. That E3 confirms this year will remain largely a transitionary one simply widens that gap. Sure, Assassin's Creed Unity, Evolve, and Super Smash Bros. might move a few new consoles later in the year, and you might be tempted to pick one up yourself. Just don't be too disappointed that you won't have much else to play on it afterward. The next generation begins in 2015; E3 told us so.

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ranny_chin
ranny_chin

Games to look forward to this year (I am excluding Nintendo releases and many indies):


Sims 4 (PC)

Sunset Overdrive (XO)

Sid Meier's Civilization: Beyond Earth (PC)

Last of Us (Ported to PS4)

Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor

Alien: Isolation

Dragon Age: Inquisition 

Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel 

The Evil Within 

Evolve 

Assassin's Creed Unity 

Grand Theft Auto V (For next gen and PC)

Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare 

The Crew

Project Spark (XO and PC)

Far Cry 4

Destiny (Consoles)

LitlleBigPlanet 3 (PS4)

Some of the EA sports games

Some of the 2k sports games

Some console exclusive driving games

That UFC game


I believe that I have left out anything that "might" release this year or anything that hasn't had a release date confirmed.

Hornet85
Hornet85

I'll get a PS4 next year. Until then, My PC and PS3 will keep me entertained (I have a backlog of games yet to be played actually).


ps: I think we should stop calling these consoles "next gen" when they already are available for sometime.

bearfan15
bearfan15

And this is why there was no point in buying a next gen system until this year at the earliest.

anarky23
anarky23

I have a bad feeling Evolve is going to get delayed. I had the same feeling about The Division and Arkham Knight.

Ripper_TV
Ripper_TV

Comparing Resogun with Ryse was smart.

howiex89
howiex89

With thats coming out this year I'm kinda glad theres a load of games to wait for next year, my bank account wil need a rest at some point

Ripper_TV
Ripper_TV

2014 will go down as the worst gaming year in history.

wizardjenkins
wizardjenkins

Whenever Metal Gear 5 comes out. THAT'S when next gen begins

alphaanus
alphaanus

I think that Bloodborne will be amazing, plus Evolve, Far Cry 4, Unity, No Man's Sky, Inquisition, Destiny, The Division, The Witcher 3, Rise Of The Tomb Raider, Uncharted 4, The Last of Us Remastered, and the next Mass Effect.

VenkmanPHD
VenkmanPHD

Well yes, the TRUE Next-Gen games really don't start coming in 'till next year, but this is a bit extreme.

There are a lot of games to pick up on the next-gen consoles coming out this year... I mean, my god I just spent 60 dollars JUST on pre-ordering games today after the announcements we heard yesterday. All of which hit this year.

Alien Isolation
Destiny

The Evil Within

Far Cry 4

GTA V (Next Gen Version... I STILL can't believe they are actually doing this...)
Master Cheif Collection (I'm not huge into Halo, but that's a cool collection)
Last of Us PS4 version (Didn't play the PS3 version really, didn't have time)
Sonic Boom
Sunset Overdrive
Smash Bros
Smash Bros on DS

And more!

Granted... I'm hard pressed to consider anything Wii U a "next-gen" game, but the point is there is going to be a TON of releases this fall/winter before we start seeing the 2015 games roll out.

This isn't the gaming drought from a few years back, so quit with the melodrama.

weetbix23
weetbix23

2014 has been a lackluster year for gaming. I'm glad I haven't bought a PS4 yet, my mates one is just gathering dust. The best thing to have come out this year for me is Dark Souls 2 and that isn't even next gen.

blue-peregrine
blue-peregrine

Marty McFly from Back to the Future Part 2: 2015? You mean we're in the future?

eat_game_poop
eat_game_poop

I just want to know how we are supposed to afford all these games next year? By robbing a bank perhaps? Its going to be a tough year for our wallets.

aegis_kleais
aegis_kleais

Sorry, but nothing that touts it supporting games at 1080p resolution and 60FPS can be considered "Next Generation". I'm not bashing consoles; if you like them, more power to ya. But let's stop this stupid labeling of hardware as being cutting edge and start calling it for what it is. The next generation of the respective hardware in its product line; not next generation technology.

oldtobie
oldtobie

Luckily for the smart ones, generations can be avoided with a singular, dynamic system called a PC. Jump on the bandwagon, guys.

jayjay444
jayjay444

Halo collection is the only game I want this year and next year so i'm all good:D

sergeshd123
sergeshd123

GOD, Almighty God, please save this humble servant. I have no money to buy next-gen stuff. looks like I will have to stick to my Dell inspiration

dmdavenport
dmdavenport

Consoles are like cars; the best one to buy is the last model in the product line, just before the new model is introduced. That way you get a machine with all the bugs worked out and improvements included. For consoles, you get the best games tailored for the system - not some rushed, watered down and buggy version trying to be everything for everybody.

marioclemons5
marioclemons5

Um..Advanced Warfare, Far Cry 4, Evolve, Destiny, Assassin's Creed Unity, Battlefield Hardline, Mortal Kombat X...seems like plenty to me. Did you mean exclusive games gamespot? Because these will most certainly be next gen and all coming in the fall. 

hussoneagle1989
hussoneagle1989

Microsoft line up was good and all but I was hoping to see Shenmue 3 instead of Phantom Dust. Since a lot of games are being remade maybe Microsoft is just waiting to see how well Phantom Dust sells before investing in Shenmue 3

je29836
je29836

in 2015 the shitty consoles will be even more obsolete, perfect timing guys

daabbot
daabbot

@Ripper_TV i guess you were to young to have a jaguar or a 3D0. those were some terrible gaming years. console wise this year is a bit dissapointing. but thats where my pc picks up the slack. 

ranny_chin
ranny_chin

@Ripper_TV Many "next-gen" games are being released Oct - Nov of the year 2014, which is still considered to be the year 2014 to my knowledge.

alphaanus
alphaanus

@VenkmanPHD I honestly think that R* will make a lot of money from that GTA V decision.

weetbix23
weetbix23

@eat_game_poop You've got a year. Either start saving now or invest in ps+ and wait for them to come out on that. Personally, I am usually 7-8 months behind on games due to time/expense so I can pick them up fairly cheap ($20-30 per title down form RRP of $80-100 in AUS). 

dysonlu
dysonlu

@oldtobie 

Honestly, if PC gaming was that great for everyone, PC gamers wouldn't feel the need to evangelized console gamers.

oflow
oflow

@oldtobie I pc game and lately the only reason to buy a gaming pc is for rts games and mmos, both of which havent really produced anything that would make me buy a gaming rig if I didnt have one already.

Especially lately since most of the  decent pc games have all been indies and they are all being pushed out on the PS4 now.

Vojtass
Vojtass

@billzihang Buzz word created for devices with closed architecture. Like consoles. It can't be applied to PC.

leikeylosh
leikeylosh

@marioclemons5 Three of those games are released every year, so there are actually four new games and only two of them are not sequels. (Evolve and Destiny)

hussoneagle1989
hussoneagle1989

Dont get me wrong, most of the games you've mentioned will definitely satisfy plenty of gamers, myself included. I'm just in to games like Fallout, The Witcher, Fable, Shenmue. RPG

GOGOHeadray
GOGOHeadray

@hussoneagle1989 Shenmue is a sega property? I'm glad to see Phantom dust though that game is fan service to the fullest and I was hoping sony would give us something like that.

alphaanus
alphaanus

@je29836 Quite frankly, next gen consoles can't be obsolete. Sorry to burst your bubble, buddy.

VenkmanPHD
VenkmanPHD

@alphaanus @VenkmanPHD I agree, it's making me buy the game for a second time just to play it on the new systems.

I just didn't expect it what-so-ever. The PC version naturally was coming, they always do... that petition was so pointlessly stupid it hurt my brain...

But the next-gen version... outta left-field.

wizardjenkins
wizardjenkins

Being 7-8 months behind on the newest games has got to be the BEST part of having a huge backlog :)

ranny_chin
ranny_chin

@dysonlu @oldtobie Well as a PC gamer I see myself having a customized sports car while you console games have the equivalent of a standard honda civic. So of course, we will brag about how great we are. I would elaborate on this concept further, but I am sure you'll piece it together yourself.


@oldtobie PC hardware/software is much more familiar and open than any console available at the present, consequently, making the PC the platform in which indies will tend to lean towards. Additionally, gaming pc's are also used to get better graphical and gameplay quality through the use of mods and the ability to increase your fps by customizing your hardware.



hussoneagle1989
hussoneagle1989

You're right Shenmue 3 is a Sega property haha I just want to see the game completed.

dysonlu
dysonlu

@ranny_chin 

I don't think it's normal that someone feels the need to brag about his car to a Honda Civic owner.  I don't think a Civic owner cares much about how fast your car can go on a straight line or that you need to be extra careful of bumps or elevations on the road or that you are thinking about starting a petition asking the city to promptly remove snow on the road that is preventing your lowered car from going anywhere.

hussoneagle1989
hussoneagle1989

Haha I myself have never played the game, so I'm a bit skeptical, not really sure what expect.

GOGOHeadray
GOGOHeadray

@hussoneagle1989 No prob your not the only one. I wonder which will come out first A. A ff7 remake; B. Shenmue 3; C. Dr. Dre's detox album; or D. A full scale alien invansion. My bet is on D lls

hussoneagle1989
hussoneagle1989

I'd have to go with the Dr. DE album. It will be years before we see Shen3.

spartanx169x
spartanx169x

@GOGOHeadray @je29836  apparently according to him the consoles are just going to quit working some time in 2015. No chance for improvements in optimizations apparently. They are just going to lock up and never work again. :D

je29836
je29836

lol ok keep fooling yourself dipshit

GOGOHeadray
GOGOHeadray

@spartanx169x @GOGOHeadray @je29836 Also apparently these consoles contain no improvements over the past gen. The PS3 and PS4 are the exact same machine ( specs, games, etc.) with only the name being different lls

spartanx169x
spartanx169x

@meatz666 @GOGOHeadray @spartanx169x @je29836  I quit PC gaming during that time period for the constant upgrades every 6 months it seemed. I just recently started back last year. I think I can go another year or 2 before upgrading again. But I have consoles too to have ALL the gaming I can handle. :)

aquoon_0nly
aquoon_0nly

and you dont have to deal with incompatible issues in video card or such things

GOGOHeadray
GOGOHeadray

@aquoon_0nly I'm still having problems getting rome total war 2 to run on my system damn near a year after release and after buying it at launch. Consoles to me provide a safety net with the fact that what I get will work and if it doesn't right away the company will fix it.

aquoon_0nly
aquoon_0nly

@GOGOHeadray @aquoon_0nly yep, when you buy a console the devs need to make the game work on your system, contrary of pc, you have to make your pc work on their game

GOGOHeadray
GOGOHeadray

@aquoon_0nly @GOGOHeadray correct; not to mention that some dev. can outright lie. I remember that 2k games said that if you can run shogun 2 than you can run rome 2. And I took them at their word since I can run Shogun 2 at medium high settings; lo and behold I can barely get it to start and even then it crashes after a hour or so of play. 60 bucks down the drain; a console game has never had those kinds of perfomance issues.

meatz666
meatz666

@GOGOHeadray @aquoon_0nly @spartanx169x @meatz666 @je29836 Rome 2 was such a disappointment, considering all the bugs... I decided to skip it, and I play Shogun 2 when my Total War itch needs to be scratched...

I went back to PCs last year too, all my friends were playing LoL and DOTA2, and I was really missing Civ... And 1080p... :)