PlayStation 4 Launch Trailer Teases Return of PlayStation 1 Classics

PlayStation 4 Launch Trailer Teases Return of PlayStation 1 Classics

PlayStation's earliest mascots may be making a return on Sony's new platform.

Sony's marketing team seems to have found its niche: larger-than-life trailers blending live-action gamers with the digital worlds of their games. Incidentally, that kind of grand-scale trailer makes it really easy to hide secrets and easter eggs. This being the internet, the subtle references hidden in today's PlayStation 4 launch trailer were discovered within hours of the video going up, and some of them point in some interesting directions. If current theories are correct - and that's a sizeable "if" - the classic PlayStation lineup could be making a comeback.

For starters, the trailer itself is pretty cool, so have a look. Spot anything unusual? Sure, there's dozens of references to the big-name PS4 titles like Killzone and Drive Club, but a few signs hint at relics of Sony's past. Around the 48-second mark, there's a street sign behind the army of Helghast troopers with a silhouetted Crash Bandicoot on it. Parappa the Rapper is also visible as street graffiti. They may just be clever references, but if that's the case then why don't we see any PS2 icons like Sly Cooper or Jak & Daxter making appearances?

It goes a bit deeper. Neogaf user famousmortimer, who has leaked accurate information about other next-gen news in the past, posted that a new Parappa the Rapper title was in development, and that it may be one of many series being resurrected on the PS4. Many of those franchises' original developers have moved on to other commitments, so (according to famousmortimer) Sony might be handing off its old-school IPs to indie developers to breath fresh life into those series. Take this all with a hefty grain of salt, obviously, but the pieces fit - and you should never doubt the marketing power of nostalgia.

Source: NeoGAF, via reddit

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If this means we're finally gonna get that Ape Escape 4 that has been hinted at since 2010, and it is not a Playstation Move game and a return to Ape Escape 1-3's formula, then I say please do it Sony.

I mean, you have many 1st party titles that I would love to have make a return: MediEvil games, Ape Escape games, Jak and Daxter games, more Sly Cooper games, etc.

Also, I watched the trailer expecting to see Crash Bandicoot, Spyro, Pipo Monkeys, and Sir Daniel Fortesque. Needless to say, I was disappointed. T^T

Man...imagine a Crash Bandicoot reboot made by Naughty Dog. That could be glorious.

I wish I could see a proper Klonoa made.
<3

Crash Bandicoot definitely needs more games, it was pretty damn successful in it's time and then they just... stopped making games. Crash Team Racing was my favourite PlayStation racing game and I replayed Crash Bandicoot 1 and 2 several times.

Also, more MediEvil would be fan-fucking-tastic. Why oh why did they not follow up on that series years ago.

If I don't see more proper Spyro games I will flip my table into space.

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Give me more of that adorable wise ass Dragon and Sparx. Just make it a platformer with great level design and I will buy the collectors edition day one.

I second (third?) the people above me. Next-gen MediEvil III / MediEvil reboot PLEASE! I would be all over that game like a rash.

Come on Sony, if you resurrect these franchises, you'll sell TONS of consoles. As a matter of fact, we can declare the console winner right now. If this list doesn't get you excited, I don't know what will:

Jak & Daxter
Crash Bandicoot
Medievil
WipEout
Jumping Flash
Destruction Derby
G-Police
Klonoa
Ape Escape

I'm just gonna be blunt here and say fuck Naughty Dog for their 'big announcement' being Uncharted. Give us god damned Jak IV already. I was a loyal fan for that series and I want some payback already.

havoc33:
Come on Sony, if you resurrect these franchises, you'll sell TONS of consoles. As a matter of fact, we can declare the console winner right now. If this list doesn't get you excited, I don't know what will:

Jak & Daxter
Crash Bandicoot
Medievil
WipEout
Jumping Flash
Destruction Derby
G-Police
Klonoa
Ape Escape

Wipeout has been done already on the PS Vita and PS3. You have HD and Fury on PS3 and 2048 on Vita. I don't think there will be anymore from the original development team due to the fact they closed Studio Liverpool(Psygnosis)down.

Now as to franchise resurrection gimme some Jak & Daxter. Jak X was the last Jak game to scratch that itch. All we have had hold over from PS2 icons so far is R&C and the last few games after A Crack in Time did not seem to great.

I'd love to see a Twister Metal return to form.

Black was...cool, but felt like a spin-off.
The PS3 game, again, felt like a spin-off.

Neronium:
If this means we're finally gonna get that Ape Escape 4 that has been hinted at since 2010, and it is not a Playstation Move game and a return to Ape Escape 1-3's formula, then I say please do it Sony.

I mean, you have many 1st party titles that I would love to have make a return: MediEvil games, Ape Escape games, Jak and Daxter games, more Sly Cooper games, etc.

Also, I watched the trailer expecting to see Crash Bandicoot, Spyro, Pipo Monkeys, and Sir Daniel Fortesque. Needless to say, I was disappointed. T^T

You really want those games to return under the developement of D-grade studios though? Which is what will happen if they make new entries. It's not like they're going to seriously revitalize these franchises or put genuine talent behind them or anything.

These series were great because they had great developers. I'd rather people just let these games rest and not have their legacy be dragged through the muck any more then it already has.

mixadj:

havoc33:
Come on Sony, if you resurrect these franchises, you'll sell TONS of consoles. As a matter of fact, we can declare the console winner right now. If this list doesn't get you excited, I don't know what will:

Jak & Daxter
Crash Bandicoot
Medievil
WipEout
Jumping Flash
Destruction Derby
G-Police
Klonoa
Ape Escape

Wipeout has been done already on the PS Vita and PS3. You have HD and Fury on PS3 and 2048 on Vita. I don't think there will be anymore from the original development team due to the fact they closed Studio Liverpool(Psygnosis)down.

Now as to franchise resurrection gimme some Jak & Daxter. Jak X was the last Jak game to scratch that itch. All we have had hold over from PS2 icons so far is R&C and the last few games after A Crack in Time did not seem to great.

True, you had Wipeout on PS3/Vita, but the fact that they closed down Studio Liverpool basically meant the end of the franchise as well. I think a lot of people would be excited if Sony suddenly announced a new Wipeout game for the PS4. It doesn't feel right to have a new Playstation console, and not have a Wipeout game, especially given how integral and iconic the series has been as a whole.

A couple of more gems I remember from the PSX:

Legend of Dragoon
Arc the Lad (although this was maybe from Namco? I can't remember)

Give me a Medievil 3 and I'll buy a PS4 in heartbeat.

They included Sir Dan in Playstation All-Stars, so it seems Sony hasn't forgotten him entirely.

I'd like to see more new games, when is this sequel obsession going to end? People complain about how stale the industry has become yet all they seem to demand is more of the same. Psx had some signature games, ps2 had tons of those, ps3 had a slow start but eventually got some gems as well, and you want to tell me ps4 will be remembered as a massive sequel/resurrection machine.

@james.sponge:
Here's the thing...

The PS1 was a transitional hardware, it wasn't that powerful but did its job moving us from 2D to 3D.

There's several games on the PS1 that suffer due to this lack of hardware power.
For older gamers like me, it's one of those 'what ifs'.

The PS2 gen of gaming was pretty solid when it came to power.
It's just that many of those PS1 classics got sequels that weren't made by the original dev/pub, and the quality suffered.

I, personally, would like to see some HD collections/remakes come out of several older games.

The Spyro series from the PS1 in particular was a great series that suffered from camera control issues that you rarely see nowadays.

Casual Shinji:
You really want those games to return under the developement of D-grade studios though? Which is what will happen if they make new entries. It's not like they're going to seriously revitalize these franchises or put genuine talent behind them or anything.

These series were great because they had great developers. I'd rather people just let these games rest and not have their legacy be dragged through the muck any more then it already has.

D-grade studios? I don't think I would call Japan Studios, the makers of all the Ape Escape games, a D-grade studio, and same with Sony Computer Entertainment Caimbridge (I consider SCEC to be a B-grade studio). Naughty Dog definitely isn't considered D-grade either I would think. Sony doesn't really have the money to contact out some of their first party IPs really now. Plus, even if we're just an HD remake it'd be nice to see the MediEvil or Ape Escape games in a collection again. Plus, while not as popular in the US or Europe, the Ape Escape franchise is huge in Japan.

Neronium:
D-grade studios? I don't think I would call Japan Studios, the makers of all the Ape Escape games, a D-grade studio, and same with Sony Computer Entertainment Caimbridge (I consider SCEC to be a B-grade studio). Naughty Dog definitely isn't considered D-grade either I would think. Sony doesn't really have the money to contact out some of their first party IPs really now. Plus, even if we're just an HD remake it'd be nice to see the MediEvil or Ape Escape games in a collection again. Plus, while not as popular in the US or Europe, the Ape Escape franchise is huge in Japan.

What I mean to say is, the bulk of these franchises went down the crapper, because the studios that made them great went on to other things. From what I gather Insomniac doesn't even own the rights to Spyro anymore, and I doubt Naughty Dog is ever going to return to Crash Bandicoot or Jak and Daxter.

So the only way for these franchises to continue is under the direction of a likely far less competent studio. They're classics, sure, but they're not IPs that get taken serious enough for Sony to put their muscle behind it. So when they continue it's just for the sake of a quick buck.

I wouldn't know about the developers of Ape Escape. I played the first 2 games, I think, and then the series just disappeared. I don't know what they've been up to since then. All I know is that the latest Ape Escape's were crummy PS Eye/Move games.

schrodinger:
If I don't see more proper Spyro games I will flip my table into space.

Give me more of that adorable wise ass Dragon and Sparx. Just make it a platformer with great level design and I will buy the collectors edition day one.

They'd have to pry it from Activision's cold, dead hands first.
Skylanders is making to much money to give Spyro back easily.
As much as I'd love to see one, there's not much hope for anymore "proper Spyro games".

OT: Gex? Come on Sony he's pretty much Nathen Drake's pet gecko.

^ Yeah I'm already pretty happy but if they did do some sequels or remakes of the old PS1 games such as maybe Gex or Syphon Filter I would be in mother flipping heaven.

Damn it though, reading through some comments here, you guys really got me a little sad reminding me of what has happened to Spyro and Crash. We'll never see a new proper Crash because I am pretty sure Activision owns him now and also Naughty Dog is too busy trying to be taken seriously to be seen with those toon characters anymore.

Is Spyro even in the title of Skylanders anymore?

Jet Moto 3 and Bushido Blade 3 would definitely get my attention and quite likely my money, too.

Wipeout : a true return to form with this would be great, but in a sense there have been a lot of competant imitators so I miss it less.

I'd like to see a return to Twisted Metal as well but - and this is going to sound sort of weird, given that otherwise it's an aesthetic I quite enjoy - without the gothed out look and feel. At this point there's a real 'been there, done that' feel to it. While it was present in the original to some extent, a new game could just as easily approach the series from a modder / street racer perspective, or law enforcement, or the laughably upbeat mayhem of the kids who were in the contest because they'd stolen a monster truck ( I remembering the indignity not just getting run over when driving the ridonkulously fast ferrari, but the squeal of a guitar riff that came with it ). By all means, keep the killer clown, dollface and even bring back Spectre, but throw their psychosis into relief by having them be the outliers rather than the norm.

Also, while I acknowledge the popularity of approachable 'arcade-y' driving games, I'd love love love a new Twisted Metal game to have a more solid driving physics behind it. By all means let that trump the constant jumping off ramps, driving off buildings without consequences, etc etc. Make it Forza with guns. Somebody, please make Forza with guns.

*shrug* Just my two cents.

Casual Shinji:
What I mean to say is, the bulk of these franchises went down the crapper, because the studios that made them great went on to other things. From what I gather Insomniac doesn't even own the rights to Spyro anymore, and I doubt Naughty Dog is ever going to return to Crash Bandicoot or Jak and Daxter.

So the only way for these franchises to continue is under the direction of a likely far less competent studio. They're classics, sure, but they're not IPs that get taken serious enough for Sony to put their muscle behind it. So when they continue it's just for the sake of a quick buck.

I wouldn't know about the developers of Ape Escape. I played the first 2 games, I think, and then the series just disappeared. I don't know what they've been up to since then. All I know is that the latest Ape Escape's were crummy PS Eye/Move games.

Well Naughty Dog and Insomniac had to leave Crash and Spyro behind with Universal Interactive because Universal owned the IP, and they were going to work for Sony. But I do know how the Crash and Spyro games got worse over time, and I'm not necessarily looking for them to make a comeback.

When it comes to MediEvil and Ape Escape, no full on game has been made outside of the studio that made them really. And with Ape Escape, Ape Escape 3 was the last game to be localized outside of Japan, but received unfavorable reviews (which I call BS on some of those reviews) and so it stayed in Japan. When it comes to the Playstation Move game there was only 1 Ape Escape game on the PS3 for the Playstation Move, don't know why you'd think there are multiple (unless you count the one that was for the Eye Toy back in the PS2 days, but that wasn't localized in the US).

As for Sony Computer Entertainment Japan Studios, you might not recognize their name but you'd recognize most of their works:
ICO, Shadow of the Colossus, Demon's Souls, Gravity Rush, White Knight Chronicles games, Tokyo Jungle, Patapon, LocoRoco, and all the Ape Escape games (Ape Escape 1 was their first ever game)

When it comes to Sony Computer Entertainment Cambridge (They also go by Guerilla Cambridge now):
MediEvil series, Primal, LittleBig Planet (PSP version), and Killzone Mercenaries. They also helped out majorly in the Wipeout game series development.

Neronium:
As for Sony Computer Entertainment Japan Studios, you might not recognize their name but you'd recognize most of their works:
ICO, Shadow of the Colossus, Demon's Souls, Gravity Rush, White Knight Chronicles games, Tokyo Jungle, Patapon, LocoRoco, and all the Ape Escape games (Ape Escape 1 was their first ever game)

I know about SCEJ, but I wouldn't know if the Ape Escape games had like, a dedicated team behind them (Team Ape Escape or whatever), as was the case with Ico and Shadow of the Colossus.

I would die if they ever made a actual new, worthy Ape Escape though. Those first 2 games were awesome, eventhough the camera sucked.

Casual Shinji:

Neronium:
As for Sony Computer Entertainment Japan Studios, you might not recognize their name but you'd recognize most of their works:
ICO, Shadow of the Colossus, Demon's Souls, Gravity Rush, White Knight Chronicles games, Tokyo Jungle, Patapon, LocoRoco, and all the Ape Escape games (Ape Escape 1 was their first ever game)

I know about SCEJ, but I wouldn't know if the Ape Escape games had like, a dedicated team behind them (Team Ape Escape or whatever), as was the case with Ico and Shadow of the Colossus.

I would die if they ever made a actual new, worthy Ape Escape though. Those first 2 games were awesome, eventhough the camera sucked.

I don't think there was ever really a full dedicated team for the Ape Escape games, I'll have to research that. If you liked the first two then I recommend the 3rd game as it's fun and is one of my favorite Ape Escape games. Plus, Soichi Terada was brought back as the main composer for the game so the music is excellent.

Neronium:
I don't think there was ever really a full dedicated team for the Ape Escape games, I'll have to research that. If you liked the first two then I recommend the 3rd game as it's fun and is one of my favorite Ape Escape games. Plus, Soichi Terada was brought back as the main composer for the game so the music is excellent.

I can't really remember if I ever played the 3rd game. It was so long ago when I played them, they've all kinda blurred together. I would say yes, because as I'm searching it I distinctly remember one of them having a movie theme.

Casual Shinji:
I can't really remember if I ever played the 3rd game. It was so long ago when I played them, they've all kinda blurred together. I would say yes, because as I'm searching it I distinctly remember one of them having a movie theme.

Yes, Ape Escape 3's main sorta theme was about movie parodies and TV shows. I like it because it's got a lot of content in it, and Mesal Gear Solid is a fun parody of the Metal Gear Solid series.
Back in 2010 Japan Studios said that 2 games for Ape Escape were in development, and one of them was the Move game. The other one was what they called Ape Escape 4. So hopefully they are making one, or at least and HD collection of the first 3 would be excellent. ^.^

I'd like to see a remake of Symphony of the Night. Buuuuuut to be fair, there really wouldn't be much they could do with it other than make it into 3D with modern graphics. And we all know the curse that nearly all 3D Castlevania's suffer from. >.>

Cognimancer:

It goes a bit deeper. Neogaf user famousmortimer, who has leaked accurate information about other next-gen news in the past, posted that a new Parappa the Rapper title was in development, and that it may be one of many series being resurrected on the PS4.

I've been sort of hoping for this since he showed up in PSASBR or whatever that abomination was called.

I don't know, though. I'm not sure the PTR formula can carry a whole game these days. I see the franchise as more of a PSN title deal.

Zachary Amaranth:

I've been sort of hoping for this since he showed up in PSASBR or whatever that abomination was called.

I don't know, though. I'm not sure the PTR formula can carry a whole game these days. I see the franchise as more of a PSN title deal.

It's because of PSASBR that many of us think that there might be a MediEvil 3 as well. Mainly because of the ending of Sir Dan's story in that game and how ambiguous the ending of MediEvil 2 was in some ways. Of course now we just need to get Guerilla away from the Killzone series for a bit since they've been focusing on that...

Another thing about PSASBR is that I still find it funny though that literally all but one of Spike's moves in that game were from Ape Escape Million Monkeys, which was never localized outside of Japan. XD

Anybody remember Croc? I want another Croc game.

Starblazer117:
Anybody remember Croc? I want another Croc game.

I LOVED CROC!!!

Also a new Tomba would make me need to buy a whole new wardrobe, because when the announced it, I would spew bodily fluids of all manner on everything I was wearing, and then everytime I thought about it after that, I would ruin my outfit again...
Okay...
That was really gross...
I'm sorry....
... but it's not an inaccurate statement...

Also... am I the only person here who is REALLY REALLY REALLY excited about the prospect of a new Parappa the Rappa?
I mean... it's just...like...
kick... punch...
...It's all in the mind
if you want to test me
I'm sure you'll find
the the things I teach ya
are sure to beat ya
never the less you'll get a lesson from teacher
now kick punch block....

 

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