Did that really happen?
The Last Guardian
I’ve got to try and make sense of that Sony presser, don’t I? Well shit. Okay, let’s start with The Last Guardian. Not only did it actually turn up at E3, but it came with a full-on gameplay reveal. For those that may not know, and it’s been a long time since the games initial reveal at E3 in 2009, The Last Guardian is the next game from Team Ico, the masterminds behind Ico and Shadow of the Colossus. As mentioned, it’s been in development hell for the past six years, but it’s finally been re-revealed. The trailer showed a small boy and his rat/dog/bird pet traversing some rather tricky environmental puzzles using teamwork. Oh, and a release window of 2016. This is what Sony used to open the show. It got better.
Horizon: Zero Dawn
Killzone developer Guerilla Games unveiled their much rumoured third-person action-RPG, Horizon: Zero Dawn, set in a post-apocalypse after the fall of an advanced civilization. It’s a world where nature has taken over yet there are the remains of technology everywhere. For example, our protagonist was clearly hunting a robo-dinosaur in the trailer. That happened. It turns out dormant AI can take over the machines and start roaming the land, which is probably great for tourism. While you fight a technologically advanced robo-dinosaur, the player characters’ equipment is lo-tech by comparison, mostly using spears and bows. The game looks pretty great, from a graphical point of view, and the combat looks to have a decent amount of weight to it.
IO Interactive took to the Sony stage to announce a new game in the Hitman series. Not much was shown, just a cinematic trailer, no real gameplay at all. It’s unknown whether the game is a sequel or a reboot, as Agent 47 seems much younger than in his previous outing; Hitman Absolution. There will be an exclusive beta for PS4 pre-orders, and the Playstation version will also come with six unique contracts within the first year after launch. Whenever that is.
Street Fighter V
The Street Fighter V has a beta coming July 23. Other than that its inclusion in the Sony presser was merely to remind everyone that it’s a Playstation/PC exclusive.
No Man’s Sky
No Man’s Sky is a game so big, so vast, that it’s impossible to comprehend simply how much there is contained within its universe. Numbers have been thrown around, showing how many solar systems will be contained within, but when you see enough 0’s on the end of a number your brain refuses to process it. It’s entirely likely that the universe in No Man’s Sky will never be fully explored, a fact that was reinforced when Sean Murray took to the Sony stage and showed us how big the map of No Man’s Sky is. Also shown off was some gameplay, as Murray piloted his craft through a space battle, down onto an unexplored planet, and looked around a bit. Honestly this game looks great. No release date was given with the presentation but expect it sometime next year.
Media Molecule took to the stage to reveal their next game, and I’ll be damned if I can accurately explain exactly what it is. It seems to be Sony’s answer to Project Spark, but with seemingly less paywall, microtransaction bullshit and more a focus on pure artistry and less on making
Slender clones games. Check out the trailer for an intriguing demo.
Firewatch will be making its console debut on PS4. The game sees you play as a Park Ranger in the Wyoming wilderness, searching for some lost souls with just a woman on the radio as your only guide and companion. Looks interesting.
Destiny: The Taken King
We got the trailer for the latest Destiny expansion, no word on whether this one will contain the plot that was removed from the base game.
Assassin’s Creed: Syndicate
My memory is fuzzy about this trailer, based on what happened next at the conference, but it focuses on the female half of the two-person protagonist team; Evie. She has a sword cane. And throwing knives. She seems like a legitimate badass.
World of Final Fantasy
If you’ve always wondered what Final Fantasy would be like if it were re-imagined as a cute, adorable Chibi-style game then look no further than World of Final Fantasy. For the rest of us however…
Final Fantasy VII Remake
Yep. They’re remaking Final Fantasy VII. I don’t know what to make of it, other than I’m obviously excited. It’s launching first on Playstation 4 but currently doesn’t have a release date. Hopefully I’ll have collected my thoughts enough to talk about this on our next E3 special of The Couch Co-op Podcast this Thursday.
A Kickstarter was literally started live at the Sony press conference for Shenmue 3, which immediately broke the crowdfunding website. It’s an honest-to-God sequel to the classic Dreamcast games, from the man himself; Yu Suzuki. Within the last two hours it’s standing at around $750,000 of a $2,000,000 goal, which is nowhere near enough cash to make the game, meaning that it’s appearance on Sony’s stage could mean that Sony will foot the rest of the bill, maybe? Who knows. They could have said anything after announcing a FF7 remake and Shenmue 3 one after the other, with The Last Guardian at the top for good measure, and most people would have missed it.
Call of Duty: Black Ops 3
Rumours of Microsoft losing the marketing and DLC deals for Call of Duty were bang on the money, as Call of Duty surfaced towards the end of a rollercoaster ride of a press conference. It’s more Call of Duty, set in the future, with future toys and stuff. We’ve all seen and played enough Call of Duty to know what we’re getting into by now, and this one doesn’t have the added advantage of Kevin Spacey. Along with having the game at their E3 presser, Sony now also gets all the DLC and map packs before Xbox.
Disney Infinity 3.0
Star Wars is coming to the Disney Infinity toybox when 3.0 releases, with Boba Fett coming to Playstation as part of a platform exclusive special edition. Disney Infinity 3.0 launches this Fall.
Star Wars: Battlefront
There was more Battlefront, following on from a showing at the EA press conference (my round up of which will arrive later today, after sleep), with the Sony presser dedicated to showing off some of the games co-op.
Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End
After seeing the beginning of the gameplay demo for Uncharted 4 twice, presumably due to technical issues, we finally got to see some gameplay for the hotly anticipated, recently delayed blockbuster PS4 exclusive. Viewers were treated to an action-heavy sequence that showed off the games gunplay, combat moves (that saw Nathan Drake knock an enemy down with a flying punch and grab his gun from mid-air) and driving. Or lack of driving, because Drake isn’t a terribly good driver, it seems. It’s a damn fine looking game, and well worth the few minutes of time it’ll take to watch the trailer, embedded above.