Sony Calls Uncharted, The Last of Us and Bloodborne its “Breakout” Games: “Difficult to Predict”

Sony’s financial conference call for western investors and analysts just ended, and Chief Financial Officer Kenichiro Yoshida was asked what are Sony’s “breakout” first party titles. Yoshida-san’s pointed at three relevant games.

Read Full Story >>
The story is too old to be commented.
ArchangelMike1177d ago (Edited 1177d ago )

Here's hoping that Sony can add Until Dawn to that list of break-out titles. The game is really looking like sleeper hit. I hope it lives up to the positive previews.

Abriael1177d ago

Mmmh. I don't see Until Dawn as a candidate for Breakout. I like what I saw and played so far, don't get me wrong, but it seems more fitting to be a niche game in my eyes.

ArchangelMike1177d ago

Surely that's the point that Yoshida is making.

TLOU did not look like a breakout title, neither did Bloodbourne. But how did those turn out?!

The point is that you can't tell what game will be a breakout title before it is released.

goldwyncq1177d ago

"TLOU did not look like a breakout title..."

Sorry, what? TLOU's gameplay reveal was the highlight of E3 2012. I knew that the game was going to be a masterpiece the moment Joel blew that guy's head off at the end.

Clover9041176d ago

"TLOU did not look like a breakout title..."

Sorry, what? TLOU's gameplay reveal was the highlight of E3 2012.

@goldwyncq TLOU looked had a positive reception at E3, but that doesn't mean too much. Sony and Naughty Dog were worried that reviews wouldn't be that great. Poor reviews mean less sales.

curtis921176d ago


Actually there was a massive amount of (positive) buzz around Uncharted, TLOU and bloodborne after their reveals. I've not seen that with until dawn. That's not to say it won't be incredible or that it'll be a flop, but I don't see it being this huge mainstream success those others are.

+ Show (2) more repliesLast reply 1176d ago
Erik73571177d ago (Edited 1177d ago )

Until Dawn looks good but it doesn't look phenomenal or something that would make someone buy a ps4...looks like it only appeals to certain area of gamers.

ArchangelMike1177d ago (Edited 1177d ago )

You know this because you have played the game? You've completed all the multiple playthroughs to get the complete story?

That's exactly what Naugty Dog thought about TLOU... 0.o

gangsta_red1177d ago


"That's exactly what Naugty Dog thought about TLOU"

TLoU had gameplay that wasn't different than what a lot of played in other 3rd person action games like Uncharted, Silent Hill or other games of the genre.

Not to mention it had gameplay settings and elements that was guaranteed to be a hit. Devastated city area ravished by Zombies (infected, whatever), survival against huge odds, stealth like action and a partner to protect and help.

TLoU is far different than the style of Until Dawn

Bolts1177d ago

Are you serious? Just how can Until Dawn approach the appeal of TLoU? Just consider the subject matter.

gangsta_red1177d ago (Edited 1177d ago )

Until Dawn looks interesting but with that Heavy Rain style of gameplay I doubt it will be the break out that TLOU or Bloodborne was. That style of gameplay could be a turn off to many players out there.

Satyre281177d ago

Only thing with Until Dawn is its an extremely niche title. Its gonna all depend on how long that story is, and how true it is that how many endings etc. Also most gamers kind of understand that a game like that will probably drop half price in about a months time. Not saying it wont sell well, but most people I know that want the game are waiting on a price drop. Also a service like redbox might do harm to the sales, but like I said this is all depending on how long the actual game is. (hopefully its around 8-12 hours)

spacedelete1176d ago Show
BitbyDeath1176d ago

It's said to be 9 hours long and have hundreds of different endings.

TWB1176d ago

I cant see how.

This is not an insult towards the game but isnt Until Dawn a cinematic game in the same vein as Heavy Rain and Beyond Two Souls? those games were liked but simply because of their nature, they didnt reach massive appeal and praise. Alot of people dont like that type of "interactive movie" games.

Its probably going to be the same with Until Dawn.

BitbyDeath1176d ago

I'd class Heavy Rain as a breakout hit.
They reinvigorated the genre which telltale quickly followed suit on and now supermassive too.

Christopher1176d ago (Edited 1176d ago )

There's actually quite a bit of "gameplay" involved in Until Dawn. There are character measurements you have to balance, clues/totems to be found that detail various concepts and help in playing the game, and the like.

I think of Until Dawn as a Sims game with a focus on telling a specified story. You're managing character attributes by what responses/actions you take to attempt an optimal outcome.

Edit: This isn't to say that I think it will be a breakout game along the lines of those already mentioned. It won't.

TeamLeaptrade1176d ago

I'm kind of on the fence with Until Dawn being a breakout game. To me it just doesn't look like it's going to be that big of a game, but I could be wrong. I suppose we'll see once it's released. I will be playing it though.

assdan1176d ago

Until dawn might be awesome... But I'm also concerned it will be terrible. I have no confidence about of that game will be good or not.

medman1176d ago (Edited 1176d ago )

I think Driveclub could be considered a breakout hit considering it's sales figures. Now, it's not transformative like some of those other games mentioned, but I think it's doing better than would have been expected, especially after the launch fiasco.

+ Show (5) more repliesLast reply 1176d ago
TheGreatGamer1177d ago

Coming from a primarily Xbox player, I must confess that TLOU on the PS4 is the best game I have played in years. The game is amazing in all areas and I'm surprised they didn't predict it to be a success. Uncharted I've always loved but Bloodborne is the only one I wouldn't call a "Breakout" game, as far as I'm aware, it didn't sell too well.

ArchangelMike1177d ago

Bloodbourne sold over 1 million copies in it's first two weeks on sale. It's been selling well since.

DarXyde1177d ago (Edited 1177d ago )

You must not be very aware then. Bloodborne has been doing well in sales.

jon_snow1177d ago

Bloodborne sales is close to 2 million. In fact it sold more than expected which Shu confirmed in twitter and said something related to game is worked on (dlc).

LgbtWarrior1176d ago (Edited 1176d ago )

Dude get your facts straight great gamer.

Eiyuuou1176d ago

Shows you're not aware.

+ Show (2) more repliesLast reply 1176d ago
SmokingMonkey1177d ago (Edited 1177d ago )

Can't wait for Horizon ZD to breakout.

Sleeper possible 'breakout success" IMO:

The Tomorrow Children

TWB1176d ago

I cant see Horizon becoming one, its already so anticipated and has gained peoples attentions. At this point its rather expected that Horizon will become a hit.

medman1176d ago

And Rime, my friend. And Rime.

triple_c1177d ago

Another breakout game is definitely going to be that Horizon Zero Dawn game. That game looks amazing and it's a breathe of fresh air. I think that game is going to do very well.

GNCFLYER1177d ago

That's true. RAD thought they had the mega hit. I enjoyed it but it was average.

Microsoft thought titanfall was the next gears.

You never know until the public gets it. All we really know is its coming, we just don't know the names of all of them.

Automatic791176d ago

Titanfall was a breakout hit it sold 4.5 million Units combined for Xbox One, Xbox 360 and PC.

GNCFLYER1176d ago

U know what I mean. It's not halo or gears. Those were breakout titles that defined the 360.

Let's not combine systems here either.

JeffGUNZ1176d ago

Microsoft never thought Titanfall was going to be the next gears. Where are you getting this from? They knew titanfall would be a success because the two lead creators were the masterminds behind COD4MW and MW2, games that EXPLODED the FPS obsession for consoles and ignited COD as a blockbuster.

Due to MS low install base on X1, it didn't sell as high as one would look at if looking at numbers, but for the install base at the time of that release, it sold very well.

Titanfall 2 will be huge when it release multiplat on PS4. Game is so smooth.

Show all comments (41)
The story is too old to be commented.