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PS4: Every announced 2014 title so far, but where are the big hitters?

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Matt Gardner
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PS4: Every announced 2014 title so far, but where are the big hitters?

This week, Sony released a list detailing every PlayStation 4 game announced for 2014 so far, along with expected release windows. Still no idea when the hell Driveclub is coming, mind; and there's no sign of The Last Guardian either, unsurprisingly.

Out now

  • Awesomenauts Assemble!, Ronimo Inc
  • Basement Crawl, Bloober Team
  • Dead Nation: Apocalypse Edition, SCE
  • Don’t Starve: Console Edition, Klei Entertainment
  • Outlast, Red Barrels Inc.
  • Rayman Legends, Ubisoft
  • Stealth Inc: Ultimate Edition, Curve Studios
  • Strider, Capcom
  • The Lego Movie Videogame, Warner Bros.
  • Thief, Square Enix
  • Tomb Raider: Definitive Edition, Square Enix
  • TowerFall Ascension, Matt Makes Games

Out this month

  • FEZ, Polytron
  • inFAMOUS Second Son, SCE
  • Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes, Konami
  • Stealth Inc. Ultimate Edition, Curve Studios
  • Steamworld Dig, Image&Form
  • Strike Suit Zero, Born Ready games

Spring

  • 1001 Spikes, Nicalis
  • Anomaly 2, 11 Bit Studios
  • Bound by Flame, Focus Home
  • CastleStorm: Definitive Edition, Zen Studios
  • Cel Damage HD, Finish Line Games
  • Child of Light, Ubisoft
  • Daylight, Atlus
  • Divekick: Addition Edition, Iron Galaxy
  • Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn, Square Enix
  • Guacamelee! Super Turbo Championship Edition, Drinkbox Studios
  • KickBeat: Special Edition, Zen Studios
  • Lego The Hobbit, Warner Bros.
  • Mercenary Kings, Tribute Games
  • MLB 14: The Show, SCE
  • Octodad: Dadliest Catch, Young Horses
  • Oddworld: New ‘n’ Tasty, Oddworld Inhabitants
  • Pure Pool, Ripstone LTD
  • R.B.I. Baseball 14 MLB, AM
  • Ready to Run, Beatshapers
  • Secret Ponchos, Switchblade Monkeys
  • Sportsfriends, Die Gute Fabrik
  • Switch Galaxy Ultra, Atomicon
  • The Amazing Spider-Man 2, Activision
  • The Swapper, Curve Studios
  • Titan Invasion, Curve Studios
  • Trials Fusion, Ubisoft
  • War Thunder, Gaijin Network
  • Watch_Dogs, Ubisoft
  • Wolfenstein: The New Order, Bethesda

Summer

  • CounterSpy, SCE
  • Destiny, Activision
  • Final Horizon, Eiconic Games
  • GALAK-Z: The Dimensional, 17 Bit Games
  • Helldivers, SCE
  • Murdered: Soul Suspect, Square Enix
  • Pavilion, Visiontrick
  • PixelJunk Shooter Ultimate, Double Eleven
  • Sniper Elite 3, 505 Games
  • The Elder Scrolls Online, Bethesda
  • The Evil Within, Bethesda
  • Race the Sun, Flippfly
  • Transformers: Rise of the Dark Spark, Activision
  • Velocity 2X, Futurlab

Autumn

  • Dragon Age: Inquisition, EA
  • Evolve, 2K Games
  • Hotline Miami 2: Wrong Number, Devolver Digital
  • Rocketbirds 2: Evolution, Ratloop
  • The Witness, Thekla, Inc.

Winter

  • Guns of Icarus Online, Muse Games
  • Hyper Light Drifter, Heart Machine
  • Ray’s the Dead, Ragtag Studios

TBA 2014

  • Alien: Isolation, Sega
  • Assault Android Cactus, Witch Beam
  • Aztez, Team Colorblind
  • Backgammon Blitz, The Fyzz
  • Batman: Arkham Knight, Warner Bros.
  • Blast ‘Em Bunnies, Nnoo Pty
  • Cosmic Star Heroine, Zeboyd
  • Defense Grid 2, 505 Games
  • Diablo III: Ultimate Evil Edition, Activision Blizzard
  • Dragon Fin Soup, Grimm Bros
  • Driveclub, SCE
  • Dying Light, Warner Bros.
  • Dynasty Warriors 8: Xtreme Legends Complete Edition, Tecmo Koei
  • EA Sports UFC, EA
  • Energy Hook, Happion Labs
  • forma.8, MixedBag
  • Foul Play, Media Tonic
  • Hohokum, SCE
  • Home, Benjamin Rivers Inc.
  • Legend of Raven, Nicalis
  • Lords of the Fallen, Bandai Namco Games
  • Mad Max, Warner Bros.
  • Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor, Warner Bros.
  • Minecraft, Mojang
  • N++, Metanet Software
  • NBA 2K15, 2K Sports
  • Nuclear Throne, Vlambeer
  • OlliOlli, Roll7
  • The Order: 1886, SCE
  • Pier Solar and the Great Architects, Watermelon Games
  • Planetside 2, SOE
  • Putty Squad, Maximum Games
  • Road Not Taken, Spry Fox
  • Rogue Legacy, Cellar Door Games
  • Samurai Gunn, Teknopants/Maxistentialism
  • Savant Ascent, D-Pad Studio
  • Shantae: Half-Genie Hero, WayForward
  • Sherlock Holmes: Crimes & Punishments, Frogwares
  • Starbound, Chucklefish
  • The Binding of Isaac: Rebirth, Nicalis
  • The Crew, Ubisoft
  • Tom Clancy’s The Division, Ubisoft
  • Transistor, Supergiant Games
  • Tropico 5, Kalypso Media
  • Valiant Hearts: The Great War, Ubisoft
  • Volume, Mike Bithell
  • Worms Battlegrounds, Team17
  • WWE 2K15, 2K Sports
  • Super Exploding Zoo, Honeyslug

It's a pretty hefty list, and there are some titles on there that we absolutely want -- the likes of Transistor, Lords of the Fallen, Evolve, Watch Dogs and Destiny for starters -- but there are precious few first-party big hitters in the list. Only The Order: 1886 and Driveclub stand out as two major titles from Sony Worldwide Studios. Moreover, a large percentage of the list comes in the form of re-releases large and small, and while it's admirable in terms of convenience that Sony are looking to bring as many games across to the platform as possible, boosted by comparative ease of development compared to the PS3, it's had not to feel that SWS could perhaps have been a little more ambitious. More on that in a different article.

What is clear, however, is the continuation of Sony's strategy. Microsoft essentially took all of their major teams off of the Xbox 360 well in advance of the Xbox One's release and set them to developing next-gen titles, letting the 360's stream of exclusives peter out. By contrast, last year saw twilight PS3 smashes like The Last of Us and Beyond, and Sony have been clear in their advocacy of indie development. This was always the plan.

But indie doesn't just mean small, quirky titles any more. As the independent dev scene has flourished, so too has the variety of games we've seen, with indie devs moving into the space vacated by the endangered "AA" games. Sony have put clear faith in their indie partners and third parties this year, with many of the games above set to arrive on PS4 as timed exclusives, the question is will it be enough?

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