In an unsurprising twist of events, Sony is already working on making a Playstation 5. Of course, there hasn’t been any official announcement or statement from Sony themselves, rather the news came from one of the artists at Square Enix’s Luminous Productions Studio who has listed “New AAA title for PS5” as one of their projects. It does make sense for the next Playstation console to make an appearance in the next couple of years considering that the latest Playstation home consoles seem to come out 5-7 years after the last one and it already has been 5 years since the PS4 released.
If the current console generation is, in fact, nearing its conclusion, we should not be expecting to see a lot more major announcements for the PS4. Until there is more concrete news about the PS5 and its release, it is difficult to speculate what titles might be available on it but with the large library of exclusives the PS4 received, we can hope that many of those franchises will be followed up on.
PS4 has already took quite a look back at older games as well, with beloved franchises like Crash Bandicoot and Spyro getting remastered collections, not to mention the amazingly executed Shadow of the Colossus remaster. Even the legendary Final Fantasy VII is getting a full remake. But there are still many franchises waiting for a well deserved comeback and as the PS4 is inching towards its end, we are hoping some of them, such as the following, would make an appearance on the PS5.
Ratchet and Clank franchise
The Ratchet and Clank franchise is among the finest of Playstation exclusives, which unfortunately does not have much of a presence nowadays. PS4 did get a remake of the first game but while it was outstanding in gameplay mechanics and visuals, it lacked the charm, excellent writing and story of the original. Maybe we can get a collection that includes at least the original PS2 trilogy, if not the full franchise, all with remastered textures and 4k support. Fingers crossed, we could even get remakes of R&C 2 and 3, hopefully without the restrictions of a movie and with better writing than the 2016 remake.
Nier: Automata turned out to be an unlikely but nevertheless huge success, a luxury that the rest of the franchise did not get. Yes, Nier Automata is part of a larger series. It is a direct sequel to a niche, cult classic PS3 game titled “Nier” but both games actually stem from an older series called Drakengard. While the titles of the franchise preceding Automata don’t have the most refined combat system, Yoko Taro’s bizarrely amazing story telling deserves a perpetual spotlight. After the success and mass appeal of Nier: Automata, many are eager to try out the older iterations of the franchise. Right now, unless one owns a Playstation 2 and 3, there really isn’t a way to play the series. So the time is ripe for a remastered collection, or at least another Yoko Taro and Platinum Games collaboration in the form of a remake of the original Nier.
A Playstation 2 cult classic directed by the legendary Shinji Mikami of Resident Evil and Evil Within fame, God Hand was a martial arts based beat me up game that has one of the most unique combat systems in the world. God Hand was made playable on the PS3 as a PS2 Classic, but it did not get the same treatment on PS4. God Hand was a game that was in many ways far ahead of its time, for which it did not get the recognition it deserved. The graphics do feel more than a little dated when viewed now, so a full remaster that retains the game design and mechanics of the original, much like the Shadow of the Colossus remaster, is exactly what the game deserves. With the number of good moves Capcom has been making recently, lets hope they do turn their attention to God Hand.
Chrono Trigger/ Chrono Cross
Chrono Trigger and its sequel, Chrono Cross, are perhaps two of the most celebrated JRPGs in video game history. The former has enjoyed many ports along the years to various platforms, but the sequel never got the same treatment, and is slowly fading away to history despite deserving every bit of the same recognition as Trigger. Maybe now, decades after the original releases, it is time for a modern day remake of the franchise. At least for Chrono Trigger, we really hope they retain Akira Toriyama’s character designs especially after the latest Dragon Quest proved how beautifully they can translate to 3D models.
The 2012 “interactive anime” beat em up was a spectacular visual treat that holds up to this day. Unfortunately, in 2018 the only way to play it is to wipe the dust off your old PS3 or Xbox 360, as the game has not yet been ported to anything else. The gorgeous combination of cel-shaded and ink-styled look of the game is well deserving of a 4k overhaul with upgraded textures. While the game missed out on reaching the popularity it deserved at its time, a re-release might do well to rectify that by allowing new audiences a chance to experience its over the top, highly stylised action, while letting old fans relive it.
Of course, in a utopian world we would get a Playstation system that has complete backwards compatibility with every game bearing the Playstation logo since the original Playstation. However, considering Sony’s track record, they may only bring back a handful of select old games to newer consoles. There are many games that deserve to make a comeback, so that new players can experience them for the first time and old fans can relive their childhood.
It’s true that we mustn’t only look back at old games that we want to play on the new console. We’ll surely be seeing sequels of lots of fan favourite franchises as well as new IPs, but until those get their inevitable announcements, these revisits would be a welcome addition to the PS5 library.