Sony is the final Press Conference of the year, and like last year they saved the best for last. There were a few lowlights in the conference, like Skylanders inclusion, so I’ve taken the big moments from the presser and condensed them below for you. But that’s enough blabbering by me, let’s get started!
1. Kratos is back and in a Norse setting in God of War
Sony opened the press conference with a long and impressive demo for a new God of War game, simply titled God of War. This demo follows Kratos and a young boy whom calls Kratos his father as they hunt for a deer and are attacked by Trolls. Kratos no longer wields the Blades of Chaos, instead opting for an axe that is imbued with an ice rune by the look of it. No release date or window was given for this title.
2. Last Guardian is launching this October!
Finally. It’s finally happening. The Last Guardian is actually going to be releasing this October. Sony dropped a two minute long trailer during the presser and revealed the game will be coming exclusively to PS4 this October 25th.
3. Horizon: Zero Dawn wows with another massive demo
Guerrilla Games showcased a brand new demo of their upcoming action adventure game Horizon with a long extended gameplay demo. In the demo, Aloy uses her hunter’s vision to determine enemies weak points to find new parts for crafting for her weapons and gadgets. The demo showcased branching dialogue as well, with Aloy being able to ask a scared villager different questions. On top of all of that, we saw Aloy tame a wild beast to ride and use in her fight against a Corrupter. Horizon: Zero Dawn comes out on February 28th.
4. Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare looks so much better than could be anticipated
When Infinity Ward announced the futuristic sci-fi setting for Infinite Warfare, they received a lot of flack. Thankfully, this game looks like it is going to deliver as the team premiered an extended gameplay demo for the game during the Sony press conference. During the demo, the player character Captain Reyes decided where to travel to with his crew, opting to attack an enemy frigate. Reyes and his team took to their fighters, the Jackals, and put on an almost Ace Combat style demo. Following that, we witness some zero-G gunfights that look so much better than I anticipated. Infinite Warfare is coming to consoles and PC on November 4th.
5. Insomniac is making a Spider-man game!
A new Spider-man game from the creators of Ratchet and Clank and Sunset Overdrive? I’m so in. Sony revealed that their long time collaborators at Insomniac have taken the reins on the Webhead and will be making a game that is exclusively on PS4. No release window was revealed, but one could guess it will be near either the July 2017 release of the film, or when it (presumably) releases on Blu Ray (Holiday 2017).
6. Sony Bend is taking us to the zombie apocalypse with Days Gone
Syphon Filter developers Sony Bend have created a new IP set in the zombie apocalypse with Days Gone. You will play as a survivor “Deacon St. John, a Drifter and bounty hunter who rides the broken road, fighting to survive while searching for a reason to live.” Sony Bend describes the game as an emotional tale about survivors and what makes them human. No release window was spoken of, but below is an extended gameplay demo.
7. PS VR is coming this October with 50 games
Sony took a brief pit stop to talk about the PlayStation VR during the conference and to confirm that it will be launching this October 13th for $399. It will have 50 games available for it, though they did not confirm how many will be there for launch. Their defintion of games is also potentially suspect, as two of the games they showcased for it (Star Wars Battlefront: VR Mission and Batman Arkham VR) seem like tech demos rather than full games. They did show off an internally produced game called Farpoint that did get me excited though.
8. Resident Evil 7 is real, first person, in VR, has a demo out right now, and coming out in January.
Holy crap did Capcom go big with this one. With an absolutely terrifying trailer, Capcom revealed Resident Evil 7: Biohazard. Capcom is taking the game into first person, with a photo-realistic art style that can also be played through fully in VR. The game will follow the events of RE6 “taking place in modern day and revolving around a foreboding, derelict plantation mansion in rural America. Players must explore and survive the horrors within the mysterious, sprawling estate.” Their is a demo available exclusively for PS+ owners right now on PS4, and the game will be coming to PS4, Xbox One, and PC on January 24th.
9. Hideo Kojima reveals his next game: Death Stranding
Hideo Kojima revealed himself at the press conference and showed off a trailer for his upcoming game from Kojima Productions. What the game is actually about is anyone’s guess, but the trailer does feature a naked Norman Reedus (who is the game’s star) holding a baby fetus that transforms in black blood. Yea, it looks absolutely bonkers, but I am completely onboard. The game will be a PS4 exclusive, but do not expect to see this game anytime soon.
And that was the massive Sony presser for E3 2016, and I even left out the awesome Detroit Become Human trailer. What was your favorite moment of the press conference? How do you think their show stacked up with Microsoft or other publishers? Let me know in the comments below!
by, Bobby Marquardt