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Submitted by get2sammyb 1067d ago | opinion piece

Is Sony Putting Too Much Faith in the Killzone Franchise?

Push Square: "Let’s be brutally honest: Killzone has never quite reached its true potential. Despite the media pegging the original sci-fi shooter as Sony’s answer to Master Chief, the Guerrilla Games developed first-person franchise has struggled to appeal outside of its core community, garnering a vocal fanbase sans the mainstream appeal of Microsoft’s unstoppable Halo series. But with the Helghast playing a pivotal part in two of PlayStation’s biggest first-party releases this year, is the platform holder putting too much faith in a brand that has frequently failed to attract universal attention?" (Killzone Mercenary, Killzone: Shadow Fall, PS Vita, PS4)

ArchangelMike  +   1067d ago
I think that was the problem from the start - Master Chief. Not that Halo is the problem, but it's the comparisons and the expecataion of a "Halo Killer" that the media and the fanboys unfairly thrust upon the Killzone franchise.

Kilzone on it's own, is a great franchise. The thing with Sony, is that it doesn't rely on only one or two franchises to sell it's consoles. I for one am happy with the vast diversity of games that the Playstation platform offers. God of War: Ascension (co-op anyone), The Last of Us, Beyond:Two Souls, and yes Killzone (among others).

It'll be interesting to see what franchises MS majors on with it's next Gen console. I think Sony has shown a healthy mix of new franchises as well as old, going forward. Hopefully they maintain the diversity of games with the PS4 and don't just rely on FPS.
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ritsuka666  +   1067d ago
Killzone series was never a popular franchise for FPS fans to begin with so I don’t think it would be enough for competitor against Halo franchise.Anyway,I don't expect Killzone to compete with Halo or Batlefield franchise,fact is they're both games with greatness in different areas and if you don't like one or the other it's purely taste.
DarkHeroZX  +   1067d ago
lol are you joking? killzone is very popular, it's no halo fan base wise but there is a worthy user base to develop games for.
AdmiralSnake  +   1067d ago
<---- Hardcore Killzone Fan.

It' Popular, however it's not one of the Popular series that people will go crazy over, that's the truth.

Sony fans don't even go Ape crazy over Killzone..if they did, the sales would talk also.
despair  +   1067d ago
so a game that sells a lot, gets good ratings and spawned multiple sequels is not popular?
Muerte2494  +   1067d ago
Killzone 2 was awesome....
It had one thing that no other game had in mulitplayer at the time. People complained about the weighted feeling but I didn't mind at all. It seems to me alot of people preferred it over Killzone 3. In KZ2 multiplayer you could one shot in the head with a single bullet from your pistol. It made to were even if you had an overpowered weapon, a skilled player could still take you out with just a pistol and one bullet.

M4 one shot
guitarded77  +   1067d ago
I would compare Killzone to Battlefield instead of Halo. It has far more in common with Battlefield, which makes it one of my favorite shooters.

I always felt Resistance was more like Halo... Resistance felt like a cross between Halo and CoD.

I also felt Crysis was a bit like Halo too with the more openness and the super jump akin to Halo.

Whatever the case, I don't think of them as "killers", just a company response to grabbing a piece of a huge market. Sometimes a dev sees something in another game and feels it will work inside their game. Nothing wrong with that as long as the game taking inspiration is good.

EDIT: Oh, and I don't think Sony is putting TOO much faith in Killzone. Sony has shown a solid line-up for the PS4 INCLUDING Killzone, and will show even more at E3 this year.
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despair  +   1067d ago
the original resistance reminded me a bit of Half Life 2, but the second one was more like COD which was not good. Haven't played the third so can't comment.
CGI-Quality  +   1067d ago
Excellent post!
AdmiralSnake  +   1067d ago
I think Sony is putting NOT enough Faith in Killzone Tbh.

It needs to be the Flagship FPS title for the PS4.

I want a good Story, Variety of weapons and a multiplayer similar to Killzone 2. Gives us some Gamemodes, Balance the classes back, get rid of the COD perks because it wasn't needed and we never asked for it.

Put Back the tournaments, Leader boards, etc. Give the newcomers some Customization features with the Helghast and ISA, that would be interesting if we can customize them according to our Clan features, etc. Killzone 3 toned down A LOT of what Killzone 2 brought to the table.
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T2  +   1067d ago
I agree I feel that resistance and kz are Sonys halo , gears however they arent relying on anything because we know Sony will also release adventure, racing, rpg games...
Honestly if you were a fps fan only the xbox was your system. Nothing can compete with halo, gears plus cod splinter cell , etc ... Most people I knew with xbox played fps 90% of the time
badz149  +   1067d ago
what's this hate for Killzone is all about? does Sony took your money or kill your dog in order to make the next Killzone? if no, so shut up! the series has it's own fans and if it's not selling enough, why would Sony make another 1 or 2 for this year? it's the best FPS in their arsenal, period and they are people looking forward to it...myself for example!

so, stop hating and go play your favorite franchise, maybe? if your preferred franchise is so much better and oh so good, why waste your time hating on the not-so-popular Killzone? haters are so lame!
stuna1  +   1067d ago
Is Microsoft putting to much faith in Halo? Is Nintendo putting to much faith in Mario? Is Apple putting to much faith in Angry Birds? I can go on and on and on! But I think all of them use titles that are easily identifiable with the console.

Most games that are unheard of would be enough to spark interest in the launch of new consoles, as opposed to a title that's easily recognisable by the current generations fanbase.
Good_Guy_Jamal  +   1067d ago
Halo capable of selling 10 million units and moving consoles? Yup!
Mario? Yup!
Gran Turismo? Heck yeah!
Killzone? Lol don't kid yourself.
despair  +   1067d ago
its all relative, but I agree its not as big a seller as the others mentioned. It still sells quite a bit but as you know the PS3 user base is quite cheap with our wallets.
stuna1  +   1067d ago
If you read the comment you would have got the point! Sure it might not sell as much, but it's still a recognisable franchise for Sony.
Veneno  +   1067d ago
Guerrila should really come out with their new IP instead of yet another Killzone. Even if it was never meant as a Halo killer, PlayStation still needs its own mega FPS to call its own. Killazome will never reach that status. It is one of the graphics kings but it needs more. Halo looks dated and yet still sells millions

If Guerrilla really must do another Killzone I hope it really turns around character wise in Shadowfall. The game needs a goodmstory and likeable characters. If you asked Joe blow gamer what Killzone was about they wouldnt know.

Bottom line: Killzone is a graphics leader, awesome, now it ABSOLUTELY NEEDS to improve on all other aspects starting with the story and characters or they seriously need to just move on to the next thing.
nevin1  +   1067d ago
I think its more that Sony is looking at Killzone as the launch killer app for PS4.
Gimmemorebubblez  +   1067d ago
I disagree with most of you guys. Halo is built on hype created by MS's billions. Take Warhawk and Starhawk. When Sony had lots of cash in its pockets they used to market games fairly well. When Warhawk launched it was marketed decently but ended up selling nearly 2 million units. Fast forward a few years and Starhawk releases, a better game but sell like Shi* because of lack of marketing. My point is, if Sony markets Killzone on a massive scale then Killzone could rival Halo's sales.
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gijsbrecht  +   1067d ago
This is the nice thing with Sony. They are not putting faith in one particular game / franchise; there are lots of them. As for Killzone, I honestly believe it is a solid franchise (sales wise) with enough fans. For me personally it is the best shooter around and one of my favorite game franchises. And I am not alone in thinking so. So I am glad it will be continued on the PS4.
remanutd55  +   1067d ago
The franchise must be profitable to them otherwise there wouldn't be two upcoming titles.
WorldGamer  +   1067d ago
I think the author poses an interesting question. I really enjoyed KZ and have all the games, read the wiki and am pretty familiar with the universe.

That being said, I do believe Sony has a flagship franchise on their hand. I really think it's too soon to say that Sony is putting too much faith in the KZ series, seeing as they barely announced the system.

The KZ series had a few moments of greatness IMO, but with the new hardware and a desire for more realism going forward, I think the time might finally be here for a KZ takeover. Who knows really tho, at the end of the day it's all just speculation.
Wotbot  +   1067d ago
The graphics are top notch but the gameplay and story are very average.

Lets hope the latter two aspects of the game get improved on the PS4, otherwise I will purchase on the cheap.
r21  +   1067d ago
Totally getting both. Need my fix of Higgs! Besides, KZM might the first title that allows us to work together with Helghans to take down the ISA. Also, it might have an easter egg for KZ:SF.

KZ: SF IMO is a great choice of launch title. Its got great graphics and its a FPS. Two things that have been prevalent and popular this gen. You could its a way for the FPS fans to move on to next gen pastures. Besides KZ:SF, the PS4 has tons of variety for its launch games.

Puzzle game? The Witness.
Platformer game? Knack(Might need tons of promotion though)
Open world games? Watch_Dogs, Assassin's Creeds 4 and InFamous: Second son
Racing game? Driveclub

Only things Sony have yet to cover are RPGs and
Play.Create.Share title.

Thanks to this, I have great expectations for the PS4 :D
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lovegames718  +   1067d ago
Last time i checked they showed more than one game during their presentation and actually had a good variety. An action rpg looking game in "Deep Down"; an fps in "Killzone"; A racer in "Drive Club" and a fun action game in "Knack" as well as other games.

Killzone is established on Sony systems and actually before it was revealed many ppl were asking for it so there you go.
Y_5150  +   1067d ago
I think so, but I think this will only benefit the series and the Playstation brand.
devilhunterx  +   1067d ago
Sony needs to highlight the main characters instead of the Helghasts.

This was same problem they did with the Resistance series. Forgettable protagonists, interesting antagonists.

NOBODY cares about the villains in the Halo universe. It is always Master Cook this, Master Cook that.
Hicken  +   1067d ago
That's the difference, though, between these games and Halo.

No offense, but Master Chief just isn't that compelling of a character to me. The Helghast, though? I wanted to play EVERY round of multiplayer as an ISA slaughterer.

On that note, I think people are confused about the main characters in Killzone. Almost without fail, your main character is displayed prominently on your boxart. Well, guess who's the feature on EVERY case for EVERY Killzone game?

I'll give you a hint: it ain't Rico, Sev, or anybody else from the ISA.
first1NFANTRY  +   1067d ago
If i wanted to experience the power rangers i would watch it on tv.

Killzone has always had a sense of believable gritty war grounded in reality (somewhat) that most fps's lack.

It's more comparable to Battlefield.
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abzdine  +   1067d ago
it's just fine! and fans should end up showing back some love to this great franchise.
stop playing COD and try Killzone out! most people dissing this franchise are people who never tried it seriously
nerdkiller  +   1067d ago
fps suck bring on god of war for ps4
sandman224  +   1067d ago
Killzone is an amazing series. It looks sounds and feels amazing. I still play killzone 3 multiplayer. It never gets old. It takes more skill to play than black ops 2. Also I never ever notice lag its almost always fair. The bullets register the right way. I never go into a match and complain that I'm unloading a full clip onto someone then they kill me with 2 shots like you hear when you play call of duty. Killzone 4 will be a big seller. All it needs is advertisement.
Deku-Johnny  +   1067d ago
In a way yes they are. But the fact of the matter is the main thing Sony, Microsoft and Nintendo all want the same thing. Great 1st party IPs they can fall back on just in case they need to. Obviously Nintendo already found their's in Mario, Zelda, Metroid etc.

For a long time now Microsoft have been trying to make Halo and Gears their answer to Mario and Zelda (I'm not comparing them in a content way, I mean in a sense that they're reliable and form a safety net for the company) whilst Sony have been experimenting with the likes of Uncharted.

At the end of the day Sony and Microsoft want these IPs to be able to be like Nintendo's. That's why EA rehashes CoD and Fifa year after year because they can and if Sony could get away with it with Uncharted and Killzone they wouldn't have to think twice before doing it.
DigitalSmoke  +   1067d ago
Killzone's Multiplayer is effin brilliant, best fun i had on a console with m8s since Golden Eye.
Tei777  +   1067d ago
No, they're not. Launching with your biggest franchise or secret weapon is not normally the best idea. PS4 could have Metal Gear Solid 5 on it day one and success will still be limited. At launch their are always barriers like supply+ high pricing+ people still finding value from the systems they own currently. For this reason it makes much more sense to launch with a Killzone like title (a franchise full of potential+visual stunning) and then save the certified smash hits for the following holiday when far more people will ready to update their system. On top of that, truly next gen hardware can normally do a decent job selling itself provided its got the visible support from 3rd parties. This was the case for the ps2 and PS3, the latter did incredibly well at $600 and with only one relevant launch title (Resistance)

Having said that there is always the option of having a new IP as your flagship title. I actually thought that would be a better decision but Shadow Fall is almost positioned as such. Complete new art style and no numbering. I would have been interesting to see what would happen if they took out Killzone completely and just called it Shadow Fall, the inclusion of "Killzone" only acts to dim the excitement for the release. I believe the last game struggled to break the 1m mark.
Sithlord-Gamble  +   1067d ago
No way.
Im a hardcore killzone fan & choose to play this over all the other fps.
KZ is the reason I bought a Vita & will be the main reason I buy a PS4.
Im sure there are lots of other people who feel the same as me.

I hope Sony continues to release this game for years to come.
fsfsxii  +   1067d ago
I just wish Sony would make Socom great again
Veneno  +   1067d ago
That would be nice. Maybe they'll try again on Ps4. I would honestly prefer another MAG lol.
fsfsxii  +   1066d ago
Another MAG would be nice too

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