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Some pretty big news has dropped for PlayStation 4 owners, as Sony Online Entertainment president John Smedley has made it known that some of the big properties of SOE will be arriving for the PS4, along with a brand new IP.
As gathered by DualShockers, the Reddit Q&A featured the SOE pres answering some burning questions about the online portion of Sony's operations, and how tied-into the PS4 ecosystem is the MMO-branch. Well, the MMO-branch is apparently tied in quite well, as someone asked if the upcoming EverQuest Next is coming to the PS4 and Smedley stated that...
“Yes. We will absolutely be bringing EQN to the Playstation 4!”
Well that's good news. However, EverQuest Next is an ambitious title, and while it sports all the cool emergent features of a non-traditional MMO, such as player-created content and the lack of typical class-based roles, it's one of those games that probably won't be arriving anytime soon.
In the interim, the PlayStation 4 needs a strong software cache during the release famine that is the first two quarters of 2014. Outside of inFamous: Second Son, the console doesn't have many strong software releases in queue... until now.
Smedley made it known that during this drought, the system will likely receive PlanetSide 2, the free-to-play MMOFPS that made pretty big waves when it originally released, stating that PlanetSide 2 is expected to arrive...
First half of this year is what we’re shooting for. It’s taking time to do this right but coming along great.
Brevity favors the boon of expectations it seems. Smedley's comment is succinct enough that we at least know that PlanetSide 2 is scheduled to arrive during a time when the software will be of thin offerings for Sony's latest console, so that's good. The game is one of the 48 titles to round out the PS4's launch window line-up. But any definitive details on the actual arrival still seems sketchy.
Of course, one of the things that makes this generation so paltry compared to those of the past is that there is no backwards compatibility in any way or form (at the moment). This means that if anyone skipped out on a seventh gen console but decided to adopt an eighth gen device, there are no games!
Outside of the standard holiday line-up, which was a collection of the usual suspects, you're basically screwed up a creek... almost like being injured or sick in America without health care: you can't do much but sit and wait for the end... or a miracle.
Thankfully, it looks like PS4 owners will be getting a miracle. I can't say the same for Xbox One owners, as there's only Titanfall confirmed for March, and of course, those mysteriously undefined indie games, which seems to be an unreliable wild card in Microsoft's arsenal, pretty much like the Republican's “plan” to take back America.
Also, at least Sony has an option for backwards compatibility scheduled to go live this year with the PlayStation Now service. Unfortunately, Xbox One owners will not only suffer a software drought but there's still no word on backward compatibility, despite Microsoft's big bets on “teh powa of da cloud”.