Video Game Releases For PS4, Xbox One: Yearly Franchises Need To Stop [Op-Ed]

Video game releases for the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One have shown one rather disturbing trend. Franchises that usually arrive every year suffered in the transition from the previous consoles.

Others like Battlefield 4 might not hit every year, but Electronic Arts’ first outing for the new consoles was still so full of glitches that it ended up being an example of what not to do.

Activision and Ubisoft were among the publishers which didn’t learn from it. Call of Duty: Ghosts was the lowest-rated game in the franchise since its inception, mostly due to not giving gamers anything new despite the more advanced hardware. Though Black Flag wasn’t a black eye on Ubisoft’s reputation, Assassin’s Creed: Unity ended up being another game that suffered from the transition.

New generation video game releases are going to need more care and play-testing than those on Xbox 360 and PS3, because we’re dealing with sharper visuals that display every flaw in up to 1080p, 60 frames per second.

Admittedly, even though Saints Row: Re-Elected was fun, the original glitches were translated straight from the previous versions, and Deep Silver/Volition haven’t made any efforts to fix them on the new consoles.

That’s just lazy.

I believe it’s time that major franchises stopped with the yearly release and took a queue from Rocksteady (creators of Batman: Arkham Knight), accepting delays. Rocksteady apparently didn’t feel that a late 2014 release was going to give them enough time, so they delayed the release date.

I almost guarantee the game will release with very few glitches or issues because of this.

The next time Call of Duty or Assassin’s Creed arrives, we as gamers deserve an unbroken game that gives us something new for the $60 these publishers are charging, especially for downloads. Don’t just patch the game for months until it works right: Delay it for a few months and get it right before it’s released.

What future video game releases do you think should be delayed before they hit the shelves?

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