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The Last of Us' Launch Date Points to the PlayStation 4's Imminent Arrival

Push Square: "Sony, like most other publishers, is not a massive fan of mid-year releases. The platform holder has had some success launching Sucker Punch’s two supercharged inFamous titles during the sunny window, but it typically reserves its heavy hitters for the start of the year or the festive period. It’s interesting, then, that the company has opted to lavish The Last of Us with a 7th May release date. Could it be an indication that the PlayStation 4’s coming next Christmas?"

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Abash1294d ago (Edited 1294d ago )

I dont know, I mean Beyond: Two Souls will be releasing Late 2013. Sony confirmed the game build is still in the Alpha stage so it'd be unrealistic to expect it to be ready anywhere in the first half of 2013. As well as Puppeteer Im assuming, so they have a holiday line-up for PS3 already in 2013.

While I think The Last of Us *could* be an indication of the next PlayStation arriving next year, it could also be that the game is just ready by then and they dont want it to get drowned in the hype of new consoles that'll be shown at E3. Because face it, this E3 will be all about next gen games whether the consoles are releasing late 2013 or sometime in 2014

get2sammyb1294d ago

Beyond: Two Souls is definitely the anomaly. Clearly they're not going to just abandon the PS3 when the next-gen launches, but I think it's very clear that they're making a big empty space for it in Christmas 2013.

My inkling is that even The Last of Us /was/ set to be finished in May, they'd hold it back until Christmas in any other year. The fact that they have tells me they want all eyes on PS4 after E3.

Abash1294d ago

Like I said it could or could not be a sign, it's best to just wait for E3 and see what happens. If anything the only anomaly is The Last of Us releasing in May because while it seems so many big PS3 games are releasing before E3 2013 we have to remember Sly 4 was delayed to next year and should have released this year, God of War always releases in March, and there are PS3 exclusives like Beyond, Puppeteer and Im betting Until Dawn too planned for the holiday line-up of 2013.

-Mika-1294d ago

@ Abash

Ya but beside Beyond. Those aren't top tier exclusives. I think Sammy is pretty much correct.

MikeMyers1294d ago

Beyond, much like Heavy Rain, is not as mainstream as The Last of Us will be. Naughty Dog is by all accounts Sony's top developer right now. Which makes it even more interesting to have it launch in May and not October/November.

Sony has a history of supporting their older systems past the new one. They won't abandon the platform like Nintendo did with the Wii or how Microsoft did with the Xbox. Nintendo knew the Wii was in a huge decline, both the Xbox 360 and PS3 are still selling fairly well.

GuyManDude1294d ago

All this along with the fact that Guerrilla Games hasn't announced their next game yet. Killzone 3 came out nearly two years ago, and the VGAs would have been a good platform for the reveal of a PS3 game. They have to be working on a PS4 game. There's no other reason that they would keep the project a "secret".

Same goes for Sucker Punch: 18 months since Infamous 2 came out.

I wouldn't be at all surprised to see the following at Sony's E3:

Next console announced for Fall 2013
Guerrilla Games title announced for launch
Sucker Punch title for launch/launch window
and MAYBE a teaser from Naughty Dog (U3 team)

That leaves Naughty Dog's Uncharted team, Media Molecule, and Evolution Studios for 2014 (outside shot for Polyphony Digital, we know how slow they work).

One thing's for sure: there's going to be a LOT of buzz surrounding E3 this year.

8bitHero1294d ago

@guymandude

actually GG is working on the vita killzone & MM is working on a vita game as well. but, MM has said that they're working on something else besides the vita game.

torchic1294d ago

@8bithero

dude Guerilla has made it no secret that they're working on 3 different games, one was revealed to be Killzone Liberation, the other is another Playstation Killzone, the third is a new IP. so that "Playstation Killzone" could very well be Killzone 4.

I personally think the PS4 will release sometime 2014. what I think the'll do at this year's E3 is unveil PS4, then announce a PS3 price cut, most probably for the 12GB version only. like the article's author said PS3 is selling like hot cakes right now, it's just getting into top gear, it would be ludicrous to comprise it's performance now. I don't know but we won't see a PS4 being SOLD in 2013 (apart from maybe Japan) but then again Q4 2014 will be too far away so maybe Q1-Q2 2014. they did it with the Vita, and I'm pretty sure they'll do it with PS4

Veneno1294d ago

@ Mike Meyers

Don' t count out Beyond 2 souls. Everyone thought Heavy Rain was going to bomb but it surprised everyone by becoming a hit and debuting in the NpD charts in its release month and doing many times better thaneven Sony expected.

Beyond is poised to do even better than Heavy Rain because they have Ellen Paige as Star Power (even my girlfriend recognized her in the E3 demo. She said, isnt that Juno?) .

And with star power like that i'll bet that Sony will promote the game as something big just like an Uncharted tlou or GoW.

So all that said i dont believe we will see PS4 in2013. Probly an xbox cause that thing is done.

BinaryMind1294d ago

It's not just Sony. A lot of developers are scrambling to release their titles in the first half of 2013. Obviously, they know what's coming in the fall...

SolidStoner1294d ago

You all forgot one important thing... Sony is one of those companies that continue to support us with games even if there is a newer consoles... I remember very good when ps3 was out I still played games on ps2 and they come out on both ps2 and ps3.. then after about a year they started slowly to move on on ps3 only (BTW... PS2 still sells now and it seem it have some sort of support!).. So this new summer release dosnt show anything...

nukeitall1294d ago

@MikeMyers:

"Sony has a history of supporting their older systems past the new one. They won't abandon the platform like Nintendo did with the Wii or how Microsoft did with the Xbox. Nintendo knew the Wii was in a huge decline, both the Xbox 360 and PS3 are still selling fairly well."

You mean like the PSP Go? How they promised day and date release of digital games of retail and barely ever did? How many games aren't available? How they essentially canned support for it way too early?

I would be pissed if I paid $250 for a PSP Go, got very poor support after empty promises, overpaid for the unit, got very few games to play and then got slapped in the face with even poorer support by Sony pulling the unit.

As far as I can tell, all manufacturers pull support when it isn't profitable to support it. If you want long term support, you are probably better off on PC, but don't spout nonsense. Sony is no more of a saint than MS or Nintendo.

Everything so far points to a PS4 release and an abrupt cut off for PS3.

dafegamer1294d ago

@torchic dont you mean Killzone Mercenery or am i missing something?

Tei7771294d ago (Edited 1294d ago )

But why would we know PS3's holiday 2013 line up in 2012?

None of the games that came out this fall were announced before 2012. not saying that ps4 ain't coming next year (although I don't think it should), just think that the release date for The Last of Us isn't saying much. Their current line up takes them up to september (with puppeteer and Beyond), all they need is one more title to be announced for november 2013 (The Last Guardian? Killzone 4 or guerilla's new IP) and you have an incredible line up which is arguably the best the ps3 has ever had. And before anyone dismisses the Last Guardian, sony wouldn't reaffirm its progress multiple times in the last few months if it wasn't on its way. It would be wise to launch ps4 sometime in 2014 and let the ps3 shine next year. Also this way the ps4 could actually launch with next gen games like Dragon 3 and not just current gen ports.

DigitalRaptor1293d ago (Edited 1293d ago )

Most of Sony's major exclusives will have released by the first half of 2013. But then like you said, there's games that are still to be released late 2013 and probably an overflow of exclusive games into 2014. Games that we have been waiting years for and will most likely not be coming out worldwide next year - 2 of those are The Last Guardian and Final Fantasy Versus XIII. Then there's the stuff that will released by developers who want to take advantage of the PS3's position as a cheaper and more popular console as the more family oriented marketing is put out there, as well as the fact that PS4 development will be too expensive for some, and they can make more back on cheaper PS3 dev cost.

@ nukeitall

I have to question why you're seemingly always going against the grain on these topics and going against what is overwhelming logic. I remember a few articles back you said you thought that Sony were incapable of releasing a PS4 alongside MS because of their financial situation, their focus on first party (even though most will be released by E3), and the "fact" that Sony definitely, definitely aren't going to improve their PSN for next gen (LOL). Now it seems, because the mass majority on here are saying that PS4 will release soon with support continuing for PS3, you're using an isolated SKU of PSP to determine that Sony will "cut off" PS3 support.

Here's just a LITTLE bit of logic for you. PSP go was a market test for them. Not saying that is a positive thing and Sony are no angels when it comes to random decisions like this, but the thing wasn't selling so they stopped support for it as an isolated SKU. Poor guys who invested in one, but you'd have to have been a short-sighted consumer to pick one up so early when Sony hadn't even fully established themselves in digital like they have as of now.

PS3 is still selling and will continue to sell (just like the 360 will). I'm basing this off their position with PS2 when PS3 came out. I have no doubt that they'll do the same family focused marketing to push more units going into their 10th year and beyond. A price cut coming along with that when PS4 comes out only seems logical. PS3 has been profitable since at least 2010 and so you believe they will cut support based on PSP go? Profitability gives them no reason to cut off support so there goes your belief there.

On the article itself get2sammyb posted:
"Sony's able to really extend the life of its platforms because it has longer distribution arms than both Microsoft and Nintendo. It's easy for the company to sell PS3 in emerging markets like India. Also, it sounds like the PS3 is going to finally launch in China, which could be huge."

True that.

And like I mentioned above there are still games that will be released that we've been waiting for going into 2014.

"Everything so far points to a PS4 release and an abrupt cut off for PS3."

Tell me what you consider "everything" to be, cause i'm not seeing where your providing it. So yeah, you're either not seeing all the details or only in this to troll.

Outside_ofthe_Box1293d ago (Edited 1293d ago )

[email protected]

http://n4g.com/news/1118004...

He does it again. I can no longer take this guy seriously. He obviously has an agenda.

***"Everything so far points to a PS4 release and an abrupt cut off for PS3."***

How? You seriously think that Sony is going just cut production of the PS3 as soon as the PS4 releases? LOL!

You need to stop letting your hate for Sony and your insecurity for whenever someone says anything slightly negative against Microsoft, from seeing reality.

You even said it yourself; "all manufacturers pull support when it isn't profitable to support it."

So that goes against your "everything points to PS4 release" (LOL not too long ago you was going on about how Sony is too poor to release a system along side MS) and "abrupt PS3 cut off" notion. The PS3 is doing great for Sony right now. It would not make sense for them to abruptly stop selling PS3's next fall if the PS4 does indeed come out next year. Using your "PSP GO" argument holds no water when it comes to the PS3 and you know it, but you keep on bringing it up for some reason, which I guess is to just troll.

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princejb1341294d ago

i really hope its released on ps3 and not on ps4
to keep it realistic, i dont buy any next gen consoles to about 2 years down the line

stage881294d ago

I don't normally buy a console until it's second year but this won't be happening with the PS4. I'm buying it day 1 for certain.

Dno1293d ago (Edited 1293d ago )

then if you dont buy consoles for 2 years then you have to wait for 2 years to play the game.

I dont want to suffer a bad lineup of ports. there will be a lot of people getting ps4 day one and we want games for it.

bobshi1293d ago

So because you are too poor to buy a new console on day 1, everyone else has to suffer?

Well that seems fair.

princejb1341293d ago

@bobshi

how exactly are you suffering dude?
is a game not your life line

i could buy a console day 1 but just like any technology, usually there are bugs so i wait it out until the bugs are fixed

and when a console is released the game line ups aren't at its best until a year or 2 down the line

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shutUpAndTakeMyMoney1294d ago (Edited 1294d ago )

Beyond will probably be good. But I don't see it as a top xmas seller.

I want ps4 and planetside 2.

BitbyDeath1294d ago (Edited 1294d ago )

Beyond : Two Souls was said to be scheduled for the first quarter of 2013 at E3 this year. Many predict February.

http://www.bit-tech.net/new...

http://venturebeat.com/2012...

Tei7771294d ago

Recent progress reports from the David Cage pretty much dismiss a Q1/Q2 release date.

http://blog.us.playstation....

wastedcells1294d ago

The last guardian Xmas 2013???? Maybe.

Ryo-Hazuki1294d ago

Sony released God of War 2 on PS2 3 to 4 months after PS3 launched. This release date points to PS4 next fall

yeahokchief1294d ago

Yeah I think they'll announce it in 2013, but won't release it until 2014. Still too much good stuff with the PS3 to be had.

8bitHero1294d ago

i cant wait for the last of us and the puppet game! those 2 look freaking awesome.

HorrorGod1294d ago

Who knows, they may have said Beyond: Two Souls was PS3, but it doesn't mean it couldn't suddenly be a PS4 title

Cam9771294d ago

Next year looks unspeakably amazing for games.
In 2013 we have:
• Grand theft auto: V
• The Last Of Us
• Beyond: Two Souls
• DARK SOULS 2!!!!!!!!!!!
• Tomb Raider
• And many more, feel free to enlighten me on more brilliant games due next year.

brew1294d ago

God of War Ascension
Puppeteer
Watch Dogs
Metal Gear Solid Ground Zeroes

DeadlyFire1294d ago

Either way first batch of new console shipments should include BC from the start for at least 1st/2nd year of next game consoles shipped.

nevercloser071293d ago

This will probably get ignored but Sony's fiscal year ends July 31st, so this would fill the coffers a bit before the end of their fiscal year.

Just another possibility.

Tetsujin1293d ago

At this point, which will happen first; vs13 or PS4?

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wishingW3L1294d ago

and God of War Ascension's coming in March... It seems all the games are coming before the summer. Weird.... ;)

TristanV11294d ago

God of War always launches on march