At long last, Sony has provided the general public with a complete PlayStation 4 release calendar, including loads of games that don't have exact timelines but are expect to hit PSN sometime before the end of 2014. With that in mind, we figured we'd round up trailers for all the PS4 games scheduled to debut before the end of Spring, and will soon have similar offerings ready for the Summer, Fall, Winter and TBA 2014 categories as well.
Obviously, given the number of games we're covering here, we aren't going to be able to dive into the nitty gritty for each title coming to the PlayStation 4 this spring, but hopefully this list will provide you with enough information to know whether or not each of the 31 games listed below requires a little more research in the coming weeks. We'll also be updating this list throughout the season, adding new games and/or release dates as they're revealed by publishers. So, let's get started!
1001 Spikes - Nicalis
1001 Spikes is an ultra-difficult 2D platformer, complete with cooperative campaign, that bills itself as "the game for the masochistic gamer." Since being released on Xbox Live back in 2011, 1001 Spikes has been ported to the 3DS, PS3, PS Vita and Wii U eShop and will leave gamers ready to destroy their DualShock 4 sometime later this spring. The game is extremely difficult, but likely to be popular among those who enjoy punishing platformers like Super Meat Boy or Bit.Trip Runner.
Anomaly 2 - 11 Bit Studios
Anomaly 2 is the upcoming sequel to Anomaly: Warzone Earth, a real-time strategy game originally released for iOS and Android, that developer 11 Bit Studios says will include a number of features not seen in the first title. Anomaly 2 has been available for purchase on mobile devices for a couple of weeks now, along with Steam, but will make its console debut on the PlayStation 4 sometime later this year.
Bound by Flame - Focus Home
Bound by Flame is an upcoming action RPG from Spider Studios that casts players as demon-possessed mercenary, with a single-player campaign that will apparently stress the hardships that can occasionally follow the decision to do what's right (as opposed to what's easy). As the mercenary, you'll regularly be presented with situations that can be made easier by accepting help from the demon attempting to take control of your body, and Focus Home says the protagonist will literally lose a bit of his humanity each time players accept help from their demonic possessor.
Release Date: May 9, 2014
CastleStorm: Definitive Edition - Zen Studios
More than six months after stampeding its way onto Steam and Xbox Live, Zen Studios has confirmed CastleStorm will be among the many games getting a "Definitive" launch on the PlayStation 4 this year, with updated graphics, bundled DLC and the promise of all-new campaign content among the features that apparently make the game worth buying again (or checking out for the first time) when CastleStorm: Definitive Edition heads to PSN later this year.
Were you one of the millions of gamers who completely ignored Cel Damage when the animated vehicular battle game first debuted on the Gamecube, PlayStation 2 and Xbox? Well, fear not, because apparently someone out there is convinced that it's time for the game to make a comeback, leading to this month's confirmation that Cel Damage HD will make it's way to the PlayStation 3, PS4 and PS Vita this spring.The remake will apparently support both local and online multiplayer, along with Cross-Buy for anyone that owns more than one Sony platform.
Release Date: April 22, 2014
Child of Light - Ubisoft
Child of Light is a new RPG/platformer from Ubisoft, set in a world that finds itself without a sun, moon or even stars to light the night sky, and will be the third title to make use of the UbiArt Framework since the widely-praised engine was first used in the creation of Rayman Origins. As young Aurora, you'll be tasked with tracking down and defeating the Black Queen, who's apparently stolen the various celestial bodies in an attempt to bring about a neverending night. The story might not be the most original, but you can count us among those excited to see the UbiArt Framework in action again.
Release Date: April 30, 2014
Daylight - Atlus
Set to launch early next month, Daylight will become the latest first-person horror title to make its way to the PlayStation 4, though the latest from Zombie Studios will have quite a bit to distinguish itself from fellow PS4 scarefest, Outlast. For starters, Daylight will have players exploring a series of procedurally-generated environments, along with advanced Twitch.tv functionality that will allow viewers of Daylight live streams to affect the current run of whatever streamer(s) theyre watching.
Release Date: April 29, 2014
We've known for some time now, that Iron Galaxy's two-button fighting game would be headed to next-gen consoles at some point, but there's still not an exact timeline for the debut of Divekick: Addition Edition just yet. On the plus side, the developer/publisher promised to release the Addition Edition update for current-gen versions of Divekick soon after the SoCal Regionals (which wrapped up on March 2), so we'd assume fans will see Divekick: Addition Edition on PlayStation 3, PS4 and PS Vita in the not-too-distant future.
Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn
Though the game entered open beta earlier this year, Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn won't officially launch on the PlayStation 4 until next month, at which point players will once again be forced to pay a monthly subscription for access to the shockingly popular MMORPG. We'll obviously have to wait and see how many people are immediately willing to make the jump to PlayStation 4, considering it could mean losing the ability to play with friends/guild members who don't yet own a PS4, but we suspect Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn will do quite well on the PS4 in the long run.
Release Date: April 14, 2014
Guacamelee! Super Turbo Championship Edition - Drinkbox Studios
Like many titles on this list, Guacamelee isn't a new project. In fact, some might call it the Game of the Year version of last year's Guacamelee! GOTY release (then called Guacamelee! Gold Edition). That said, assuming makes good on its promise to deliver even more new content for the lucha libre inspired action adventure, Guacamelee! Super Turbo Championship Edition might well be one of the most enjoyable indie games scheduled to hit PSN before the end of the year.
KickBeat: Special Edition - Zen Studios
KickBeat: Special Edition will bring a visually-enhanced version of Zen Studios rhythm-brawler to PlayStation later this year, complete with new additions to the game's soundtrack, and will apparently the Steam version's ability to create new levels out of songs from players' own music libraries. It may not have found a gigantic audience on PC, but KickBeat: Special Edition should make an interesting addition to the PS4 indie marketplace.
King Oddball - 10tons Ltd.
King Oddball joins a long list of mobile titles making the jump to consoles in 2014, and will bring a very Angry Birds-esque style of physics gameplay to a console that's already got one extremely over-priced mobile representation more than we need. There's been no word on a launch date/price yet, though we can't imagine 10tons will be asking anything near the $50 being charged for Angry Birds: Star Wars, but look for King Oddball to bring its own take on slingshot physic entertainment to the PlayStation 4 in the next couple of months.
Lego The Hobbit - Warner Bros
Lego The Hobbit definitely won't be a PlayStation 4 exclusive, with WB having already confirmed plans to release the game on damn near every platform under the sun, but don't be surprised if (like 2013's Lego Marvel Super Heroes) the ultimate version of Lego The Hobbit turns out to be the PS4 build of the game.
Release Date: April 8, 2014
Mercenary Kings - Tribute Games
Mercenary Kings isn't exactly new to the video game scene, having exited Steam Early Access earlier this week after close to a year in the program, but it's been quite some time since we saw any new content for the debut offering from Tribute Games. According to the studio, that's because the Mercenary Kings team has been hard at work on the PlayStation 4 build of the game, presumably meaning we can expect a completed version of the Mercenary Kings experience when the game hits PSN next month. Now let's just keep our fingers crossed for confirmation of those PlayStation Plus Instant Collection rumors.
Release Date: April
MLB 14: The Show - Sony Computer Entertainment
One of two option's this year for baseball fans, and likely to be the best looking of the bunch (by a wide margin), there's not really much that has to be said about MLB 2K14. If you've bought previous entries in the franchise, you're likely to fork over $60 for this year's iteration as well. If sports games aren't your thing, you've probably already moved on to the next game on the list.
Release Date: May 6, 2014
Octodad: Dadliest Catch - Young Horses
It's certainly not for everyone, but there's no denying that plenty of fans are anxous awaiting the PS4 debut of Octodad, the strange new from Young Horses. It's hard to describe exactly what one should expect from Octodad, other than a bit of frustration, but anyone looking forward to the game's PS4 launch will be happy to hear that Sony is expecting to see Octodad: Dadliest Catch hit PSN sometime before the end of spring.
Oddworld: New 'n' Tasty - Oddworld Inhabitants
So, uh, I'm starting to run out of ways to say "this isn't actually a new game". Oddworld New 'n' Tasty marks the third time that Oddworld Inhabitants will look to turn a profit on the story first told in the PSone classic, Oddworld: Abe's Oddysee, and will apparently mark the first of several PS4 remakes if sales meet the 500K unit sold goal revealed by Oddworld Inhabitants founder Lorne Lanning earlier this month. Oddworld New 'n' Tasty will retain the basic look and gameplay of Abe's Oddysee, but with high-res textures and other visual updates that harness the advanced power of modern gaming consoles.
Pure Pool - Ripstone LTD
Pool games aren't exactly a regular occurence anymore, but it seems Ripstone LTD and Voofoo are clearly hoping to capitalize on that by being the first to offer a billiards game on the PlayStation 4. We don't know much of anything about Pure Pool, or anything past the basics of the actual sport for that matter, but this should appeal to anyone who still enjoys a regular game of 9-ball.
So, raise your hand if you ever expected R.B.I Baseball to make its return to the video game industry? Feel free to keep it up if you also predicted that the company responsible for developing the WWE Network would be put in charge of reviving this NES classic and, if anyone's hand is actually raised, go ahead and pat yourself on the back for being the world. Seriously, how the hell am I writing about R.B.I. Baseball (in a non-retrospective fashion) in 2014? Does anyone actually have high hopes for this game?
Ready to Run - Beatshapers
Despite the recent regime change in Ukraine, and ensuing political fallout, Kiev's own Beatshapers are still preparing to release futuristic racer Ready to Run sometime before the summer. Like most games on this list, there's no word on exactly when Ready to Run will be available for purchase on PSN, but I'd imagine there will be at least one or two people ready to spend a few dollars on well-crafted PS4 racer. Especially if we're still waiting for DriveClub whenever Ready to Run makes its PSN debut.
Secret Ponchos - Switchblade
One of the few PlayStation 4 exclusives on the Spring 2014 release calendar, Secret Ponchos will be an "online combat game" according to developer Switchblade Studios, and will be tailored exclusively for those looking to do battle with other Secret Ponchos players. Players will compete to have the best kill/death ratio, with the highest prizes being reserved for those who are able to minimize their deaths while simultaneously claiming victory over one opponent after another. Secret Ponchos will include online multiplayer support, and at least two different game types at launch, but there's no word yet on whether or not Secret Ponchos will also be a part of the growing "couch co-op" scene.
Sportsfriends - Die Gute Fabrik
We've had our eyes on Sportsfriends ever since the game first appeared on Kickstarter last year, and were fortunate enough to get some hands-on time with two of the four games included in the Sportsfriends collection during the 2013 Electronic Entertainment Expo. It's been a long wait for the game's debut, both on the PlayStation 4 and elsewhere, but it looks like our patience is finally going to pay off sometime in the next few weeks. Assuming, of course, that we don't soon get word of another Sportsfriends release date delay.
Release Date: May 6, 2014
Switch Galaxy Ultra - Atomicon
Today was the first time we were made aware of Switch Galaxy Ultra, an apparent port of PlayStation Mobile title Switch Galaxy, and it's not hard to see why the game isn't getting a ton of buzz. Though the game obviously looks quite a bit like PC hit Audiogalaxy, but it doesn't appear that Switch Galaxy Ultra will allow users to import their own music into the game. There's also no word on what noteworthy music (if any) has been licensed for the game. Either way, if you enjoyed the original Switch Galaxy, keep an eye out for Switch Galaxy Ultra in the weeks to come.
The Amazing Spider-Man 2 - Activision
No real explanation needed here. The Amazing Spider-Man 2 is the upcoming video game tie-in for the second entry in the rebooted Spider-man film franchise, and is likely to be one of the better projects to hit the PlayStation 4 this spring. Assuming, of course, that the folks at Beenox had the good sense not to abandon any of the major gameplay mechanics that made the The Amazing Spider-Man so popular with the gaming community in the first place.
Release Date: April 29, 2014
Strike Suit Zero - Born Ready Games
Strike Suit Zero is easily one of the most enjoyable arcade mech shooters to be released in the last few years, and the upcoming re-release should only look better, thanks to a little extra window-dressing from the folks at Born Ready. Strike Suit Zero isn't going to blow you away with an amazing narrative, or let you scream obscenities at rival mech pilots, but it's hard to put into words just how natural it feels to lay waste to your enemies in the Strike Suit Zero campaign. There's no word yet on whether or not Strike Suit Zero will support Project Morpheus, despite already sporting support for the Oculus Rift, but this is definitely one game you don't want to let pass you by if you haven't already given it a chance.
Release Date: April 8, 2014
The Swapper - Curve Studios
Originally released on Steam last year, The Swapper drew quite a bit of attention for its claymation aesthetic, which was apparently accomplished by actually creating most of the game's art assets with clay. The result is a decidedly other-wordly visual style that lends itself quite well to one of the stranger sci-fi puzzle/platform games of 2013. Some swear up and down that The Swapper is the sort of game that shouldn't be missed by anyone. That said, while we found it enjoyable, we'd be lying if we said we were seriously considering picking up The Swapper once the game hits PSN.
Release Date: Late May
Titan Attacks - Curve Studios
Titan Attacks casts players as the last surviving tank commander on planet Earth, leaving you (and you alone) to turn back growing waves of alien invaders in a game that Titan Attacks developer Puppy Games is billing as the "best Space Invader tribute ever!" Obviously, those are some big words to live up to, but Titan Attacks certainly looks like it could be an entertaining way to kill a few minutes when the arcade shooter rolls its way onto PSN this spring.
Trials Fusion - Ubisoft
If you aren't familiar with the Trials franchise, its a series of games that see players trying to navigate increasingly difficult obstacle courses on the back of various motorbikes and other such recreational vehicles. The big change in Trials Fusion seems to be the implementation of the game's new Trick system, which gives the best Trials players an extra way to show off during their runs, though the real appeal here is obviously the temper-testing courses that you'll be asked to complete in Trials Fusion. Best of all, once you've managed to best all of the game's existing content, Red Lynx's track editor still offers the games biggest fans a neverending supply of Trials tracks to conquer.
Release Date: April 16, 2014
War Thunder - Gaijin Network
Like the immensely popular World of Tanks, War Thunder ditches the laser guns, warp drives and other such futuristic technology typically found in modern video game releases. Instead, players will choose from a selection of historical planes, tanks and other military vehicles that were used during the second World War. In many ways, Progression in War Thunder will apparently feel very similar to many existing massively-multiplayer titles -- with new equipment and other unlocks available to those who spend time improving their skills -- but players will do battle against one another in actual WWII battlegrounds instead of the alternate dimensions and fantasy realms typically found in an MMO.
Watch Dogs - Ubisoft
Watch Dogs is the latest open-world project from Ubisoft and Massive, and will focus on less-than-upstanding protagonist Aiden Pearce as he looks to take down the security organization that has taken hold of Chicago. Many have grown skeptical of the project, following a lengthy delay that pushed Watch Dogs more than six months past its original November launch window, but you can count us among those still anxiously awaiting Watch Dogs' PlayStation 4 debut.
Release Date: May 27, 2014
Wolfenstein: The New Order - Bethesda
The latest entry in the Wolfenstein franchise. This time, you fight Nazi's in the future, or on the moon, or something. It's a little out-there. We're not sure excited quite describes how we feel about the impending debut of Wolfenstein: The New Order, but at least we can look forward to another big-budget shooter coming to PS4 during the first half of 2014.
Release Date: May 20, 2014
Be sure to check back with iDigitalTimes.com for more on the PlayStation 4 release calendar and all of the games currently being developed for Sony's latest home game console throughout 2014 and for however long the PlayStation 4 remains a relevant piece of gaming hardware.
Which game from the PlayStation 4 Spring 2014 release calendar are you most excited for? Wish that another PS4 title was coming to retail and/or digital shelves in the next couple of months? Still keeping your fingers crossed for another game(s) to get a confirmed PS4 port?
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