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2 Promising Exclusives for Next-Gen Gaming

2014 is the first full year of next-gen gaming, and Sony (NYSE: SNE  ) and Microsoft (NASDAQ: MSFT  ) each have exciting, new exclusive games for the PS4 and Xbox One. Among these games, two have the potential to boost sales of their respective consoles.

Microsoft's upcoming exclusive game Titanfall won "Most Anticipated Game" at the VGX video game awards, beating out other games like Destiny and Watchdogs. The game, set to release March 11, is a first-person shooter produced by EA (NASDAQ: EA  ) , a company in need of a solid hit game.

The end of 2013 brought several issues for EA. These included glitches in Battlefield 4 that halted production of future games produced by EA DICE, a Chinese ban on the game due to perceived "national security" threats, and a class action lawsuit which accused the company of issuing "materially false and misleading statements [to stockholders] highlighting the purported strength of the company's rollout of ['Battlefield 4']."  That's not to mention the critical and commercial flop that was NBA Live 14. The game received a Metacritic score of 43 and a lower user score of 2.6, and it has only sold an estimated 100,000 copies.

EA will partner with Respawn Entertainment, a studio founded in 2010 by Jason West and Vince Zampella, to produce the game. West and Zampella founded Infinity Ward, the studio that created the Call of Duty franchise. They know how to make entertaining, extremely profitable first-person shooters and this could be what EA needs to come back from its recent downturn.

Because EA typically makes multiplatform games, it's likely that Microsoft paid the company to compensate for the revenue it would have received from sales to PlayStation gamers. This shows the confidence Microsoft has in Titanfall being a financial success. The game will only be available on Xbox One, Xbox 360, and PC but it's still possible for sequels to be multiplatform.

Charting again
When it comes to consistency, Naughty Dog, Sony's exclusive studio, has been one of the best. It has created hit games like Jak and DaxterUncharted, and The Last of Us. Naughty Dog games provide a competitive advantage for the PS4 over the Xbox One. The company has announced another installment in the Uncharted series which will come out for the PlayStation 4.

Uncharted follows the adventures of Nathan Drake, a modern day Indiana Jones, and the series is known for its enthralling stories and top-tier visuals. Uncharted series creator and writer Amy Hennig has returned as a writer and creative director and Uncharted 3's director, Justin Richmond, has also signed on to the project.  With only a short teaser trailer of story information, little is known about the next installment of the franchise, but past Uncharted games have only meant good things for Sony.

Uncharted 1, 2, and 3 sold 4.65 million, 6.29 million, and 6.17 million copies, respectively, for the PlayStation 3. The first Uncharted game showcased the power of the PS3, so expect the upcoming game to be a true next-gen title that utilizes the capabilities of the PS4. It will take time for game makers to produce high quality next-gen game,s so consumers shouldn't expect a release anytime soon. 

Final thoughts
Uncharted and Titanfall are not being released at the same time, but they each offer an incentive to buy the PS4 or the Xbox One. Microsoft has put a lot of faith in EA and Respawn to produce the next big shooter that will deliver online subscriptions, and Naughty Dog has brought back the creative storytellers who made the Uncharted series what it is today. Both games will most likely be hits for their respective consoles, and their overall sales will depend on which console wins the war for your living room.  

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  • Report this Comment On January 14, 2014, at 12:34 AM, sayuu22 wrote:

    Of the two "exclusives" mentioned in this article only Uncharted is a true exclusive, and by that I mean one must have a PS4 ( possibly PS3 ) to play it.

    Titanfall is not an exclusive as it is coming to PC.

    As a final note, I worry for Titanfall's success due to two letters. .

    . .An "E" followed by an "A"

  • Report this Comment On January 14, 2014, at 12:46 AM, blksodlier wrote:

    Ben Popkin, you really need to start doing some research or stop making topics covering games. A game that not only is on PC, but also last gen hardware like the 360 does not make it a "Next gen" exclusive :\ also, the systems are out not so it's not longer the next gen drop the term and get with the current gen it's 2014 now dang.

  • Report this Comment On January 14, 2014, at 1:54 AM, taintedwisp wrote:

    You forgot one.

    The Order 1866

    It's from Sony's best Handheld developer. Who is now making console titles. They have done a fantastic job on games like


    God of War

    and Okami

    They are made up of Previous Blizzard Entertainment, and Naughty Dog Employees. So needless to say they will make a quality product.

  • Report this Comment On January 14, 2014, at 2:00 AM, Bunnyking77 wrote:

    Although Titanfall has had a lot of lime light and everyone that has played it loves it, I'm going to say that it will not be as big a hit as Destiny from Activision/Blizzard.

    I'm not saying this because I think the game will suck, on the contrary, I believe the game will be excellent, but there are several reasons why it won't be the biggest franchise of it's genre:

    1. Titanfall is only for the XBOX and PC, so they have a limited audience as compared to Destiny which is a multiplatform game. The makers of GTAV and Call of Duty Ghost as well as other multiplatform game developers understand that exclusivity comes at the price. The game will not have the ability to reach it's full potential and that is just fact. Multiplatform is best.

    2. The XBOXone is limited to 6v6 matches. I know this may not bother some, but if a next generation system has this bottle neck now, I have doubts. Coupled by the fact that the XBOXone is barely able to push 720 HD out unlike the PS4. I think the game will be better for the PC, and that's not a good thing when the game is supposed to be an exclusive that is showing off your hardware's capabilities.

    3. The first MMO/FPS coming out this generation is Destiny, and Bungie is at the helm with help from Blizzard. I don't know if there is a more mind blowing partnership that could possibly happen.

    On another note, Uncharted? Why was this game picked to compare and contrast in this article?

    Titanfall vs Uncharted? Titanfall wins.

  • Report this Comment On January 14, 2014, at 3:45 AM, Expert01565 wrote:

    and yet the Biggest game you did not mention, (Halo 5) But I forgot who was writing this

  • Report this Comment On January 14, 2014, at 9:21 AM, snowcrave wrote:

    titanfall 2 will most likely come out on both consoles as the developer is currently in dispute with EA there publisher over making it exclusive behind there backs.

  • Report this Comment On January 14, 2014, at 12:40 PM, laethyn wrote:

    Blah, so tired of hearing about Titanfall.

    For me, right now, it's Thief, The Witcher 3, and the new DragonAge

  • Report this Comment On January 14, 2014, at 1:54 PM, TheC777 wrote:

    xbox has a real problem... all their "exclusives" worth anything are ALL first person shooters. Is that the only type of game xbox fans like now?

    Titanfall looks amazing... but with EA running things, xbox fans should be very very concerned. I would not be surprised to learn that EA will charge to play online. a monthly or yearly fee. scary.

    Having never owned a PS system before, I am looking forward to its line of exclusives. Only time will tell if they have anything exceptional.

  • Report this Comment On January 14, 2014, at 4:42 PM, kao469 wrote:

    Wait a second, I thought that TitanFall was coming to 360?? So how is this a Next Gen exclusive?? Also isn't TitanFall a timed exclusive?

  • Report this Comment On January 14, 2014, at 5:38 PM, djdan1 wrote:

    Forza is an exclusive...not a FPS....RYSE is an exclusive & its not a FPS....

    Quantum Break is another exclusive...Project Spark.

    Dont let your fanboyism get in the way of seeing these upcoming games

  • Report this Comment On January 15, 2014, at 8:36 AM, ff7legend wrote:

    What's not mentioned here is the fact that Titanfall is online multiplayer only, like Defiance is, essentially making it an MMO for PC/X-Box One. The lack of a single player campaign mode will turn off some gamers from buying it since X-Box Live Gold will be required to play it & some folks don't have access to high speed internet in their areas, which means no access to X-Box Live Gold subscription service period. I believe Destiny will outperform/outdo Titanfall due to the fact that it has a single player campaign mode, last I checked.

  • Report this Comment On January 15, 2014, at 9:07 AM, normgarry wrote:

    The only exclusive PS has which sells in numbers rivaling ANY Halo game is Gran Turismo. The Last of Us, Uncharted, killzone and Metal Gear are peanuts compared to Halo.

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