Well, Sony may have just won E3. To say they brought out the big guns would be an understatement. They did basically everything write that they possibly could have in their rather extended press conference. We’ll give you a full recap right here.
The conference opened with Jack Trenton, President of Sony Computer Entertainment, focusing things on both of Sony’s current platforms, The Vita and the PS3. The Vita will have 125 games available by years end. Over the course of the next year, 85 new titles will launch. Some of the biggest titles coming are Batman Arkham Origins, Counter Spy, Doki Doki, Killzone Mercenaries, and TearAway. In addition to these titles, Sony will release HD remakes of God of War 1 & 2 as well as Final Fantasy 10 and 10-2 all on the Vita. Vita will also get a new bundle featuring Telltale’s The Walking Dead, and it’s newest DLC 400 days.
The conference switched focus to PS3 which has quite a few new games coming its way. They showed an impressive trailer for the game of the year candidate, The Last of Us. They also showed mini gameplay trailers for Puppeteer, Rain, and long trailers for Beyond Two Souls, Grand Turismo 6, and Batman: Arham Origins (Who’s trailer can be seen above). They also spoke on what is one of the largest titles of the year GTA 5. Grand Theft Auto 5 will have a PS3 bundle released with it which will include GTA5, PS3, and a unique GTA 5 branded headset will be available separately. The price will be at $299.
Andrew House, president and group CEO for Sony computer entertainment, then stepped out to show the PS4. He began the PS4 discussion with the reveal of how it will look. It has a very sleek design, and it’s not too un-similar to the Xbox One. See it in all it’s glory below.
Michael Lynton, CEO of Sony Entertainment and pictures, followed after Andrew. He spoke about how Sony is enhancing music unlimited, with Jack White and Nine Inch Nails working with Sony to make it better. Original programming will be coming to the Playstation network, as well as redbox instant and a flixter app. The original content will focus on things hey think gamers actually want, so don’t expect any Rom-Coms on there. He ended his segment with the reveal that PS4 will have 30 new titles at launch, 12 of which are new IPs.
Starting things off, they spoke about the four titles they showed at their announcement event: Killzone: ShadowFall, DriveClub, Knack and Infamous: Second Son. Each of these titles got new trailers, and can be seen below. All of these titles but Second Son will be available at launch and Second Son will be in Quarter 1 2014.
Ready at Dawn Studios, the developers of Daxter, both God of War PSP titles and Okami on Wii, were featured next. The team is crafting their first console game with The Order: 1888. The game seems to blend current technology and Victorian era styling to craft an interesting new universe. The use of the name “Galahad” also makes me wonder if this is not a new retelling of King Arthur’s story. No release date was given.
Adam Boyles, Sony’s VP of 3rd part relations, took to the stage and spoke on how Sony would support indie developers going forwards. Their first relationship was formed with SuperGiant Games, the developer of the critical hit Bastion. SuperGiant’s newest title, Transistor, will come first to the PS4, as will Jonanthan Blow’s The Witness.
Indie Devs are able to self-publish on Playstation platforms, and Sony touted this ability by bringing out a slew of indie devs to prove it. The list of the devs is as follows: Don’t Starve by Klei Entertainment, Mercenary Kings by Tribute Games, Octodad: Dadliest Catch by Dead Horse, Secret Ponchos by Switchblade Monkeys, Ray’s the Dead by Ragtag Studios, Outlast by Red Barrels, Oddworld: New and tasty by Oddworld Inhabitants, and Galaks by 17 bit. All of these titles will come first to the PS4. All of these devs have proven track records of success. It is a bold move by Sony, that will likely breed success.
Diablo 3 is coming to both PS3 and PS4, and will feature exclusive items from Sony hits. For example, Drake’s amulet will be in the game. Ubisoft brought out its major titles next with Assassin’s Creed IV Black Flag and Watch Dogs. Assassin’s Creed IV will have an hour of exclusive gameplay on the PS4 and features much “Crisper” graphics (Caleb’s words, not mine). Gameplay of it can be seen below. Watch Dog’s newest gameplay footage showed off impressive water physics, and added new levels to the games hacking. The player can also be aided by others on their tablets, or hurt by them, in a multiplayer not unlike Dark Souls.
Bethesda decided to partner up with Sony and release Elder Scrolls Online for PS4, also making the comment that the beta will be exclusive to the PS4 (at first). The full game will be coming in the spring of 2014. Square Enix also announced earlier in the conference that Final Fantasy XIII Verses is being renamed to Final Fantasy XV. This game looks absolutely fantastic with real time battles, adventure, and parkour-like elements. They said the story will be fantasy based on reality as well. After this announcement, they showed gameplay footage of Kingdom Hearts 3, ensuring those concerned that it indeed was not forgotten about. The small amount of gameplay we saw showed us that there is a bit of wall jumping involved and that you can ride the Heartless in battle.
Near the end of the conference, Sony showed us what Bungie’s next game, Destiny, is all about. It is a co-op shooter with MMO elements in it, like public events. It has smooth drop-ins from friends and elemental weapons. These weapons aren’t like those in borderlands where you just pick up an elemental weapon, this brings back a system more similar to old Final Fantasy games. You attach elements you want to your gun. It’s an awesome feature that I am looking forward to a bunch. The new game will be coming to consoles in 2014 now, with exclusive content coming to the Sony consoles.
The end of the conference ended with a bang and a slap in the face to Microsoft. SONY WILL BE SUPPORTING USED GAMES! You can take your games to anyone’s house and play them, lend the games or keep them forever. They will also not be requiring an internet connection and authentication. They will be allowing offline play, play games while they are downloading, and chat across games. They do all this, as well as beat the Xbox One’s price; pricing the PS4 at $399. The PS4 will be launching this Holiday season. A fun little video from Sony on how to share games can be seen below.
The down side to all of this is that Sony is now requiring a Playstation Plus account in order to play online multiplayer, which is said to be priced at less than $5 a month. To use features like Netflix, Music Unlimited, and Videos Unlimited it will cost zero dollars.
Sony just plain brought it to E3 this year. They did basically everything right (EXCEPT THE LAST GUARDIAN!!) and may have just won E3. What do you think of Sony’s performance at E3? Which console won you over? Let us know in the comments below.
By, Caleb Deerr and Bobby Marquardt