SCEE president and CEO Jim Ryan has said that, despite the release of the PlayStation 4 by the end of 2013, there are still 'highly significant' PS3 games that are yet to be announced.
Discussing the console transition on the PS Blog, Ryan said, "Typically history can help us only so far here. We're actually still selling PS2s in regions such as the Middle East seven years after we introduced PS3. There are a number of reasons why the transition might be a bit more accelerated this time round, but PS3 is a very important part of our portfolio, certainly in 2013, 2014 and probably beyond that."
He went to highlight big titles coming for the outgoing machine - both known and unannounced. "I'd point to the software line-up on PS3 that we have coming up - God of War: Ascension next month, The Last of Us, which is looking great, and Beyond later in the year," he said.
"And there's other stuff yet to be announced, which is highly significant too. There's a lot coming on PS3 and it's going to be very important to us for some time yet."
Ubisoft officially announced Assassin's Creed 4: Black Flag for current-gen systems on Thursday, following numerous leaks in recent weeks.
SCEE senior vice-president Michael Denny also recently cited Gran Turismo 6 - which is yet to be formally announced - as an upcoming PS3 title despite the arrival of PS4.
While Denny's statement didn't rule out a possible Gran Turismo game in development for PS4, it does suggest that Sony and Polyphony Digital hope to capitalise on the considerable install base of the PS3.