Sony’s E3 Press Conference Recap!

After the massive success of the launch of the PS4, Sony arrived at E3 with plenty of momentum.  Sony continued that momentum by showcasing a new trailer for one of the Fall’s biggest games, Destiny.  Sony alos announced that a quite a bit of exclusive content for Destiny will only be playable on PS4.  PlayStation Destiny buyers get an exclusive Strike on Mars mission, and a competitive multiplayer map, onto of special skins and weapons.  On September 9th, their will also be a special white PS4 Destiny bundle, though no price was given.

Next up, Ready at Dawn showcased a few minutes of their upcoming new IP The Order: 1886.  This gameplay section seemed to focus heavily on the game’s cinematic storytelling abilities, and it’s horror aspects.  Gallahad travels in a seemingly deserted building, only to find some sort of werewolf-human-mutant hybrid monster.  This does not devolve into some sort of shooting match either.  Gallahad realizes he’s outmatched and tries to get away.  Does it work?  Watch for yourself.

Carnegie Mellon University students who learned game development in a course taught by a PlayStation exectuives went on to form a new PlayStation studio PixelOpus.  That studio’s first title, Entwined, was shown off during the conference.  You guide two souls who are in love, but cannot be together, across nine lives.  It’s a visually stunning game, and is available on PS4 right now, with cross-buy for PS3 and Vita.

Next up, Sucker Punch showcased an all new stand alone piece of DLC for Infamous: Second Son.  The DLC is called First Light, and will follow Fetch before her time at Curdun Cay.  If you played Infamous, you know that Fetch became a drifter with her Boyfriend Brent who became embroiled and addicted to drugs.  I won’t spoil what happens, but it doesn’t end happily.

Out of nowhere, LittleBigPlanet 3 was announced.  New to the game are three new character types to join Sackboy.  Oddsock, a dog-like character with the ability to wall-jump and run incredibly fast, Toggle, who is the strongest character that can lift and push objects but can also swap to a tiny size, and Swoop, a new flying character who can lift others to their goals.  All previous player created LittleBigPlanet levels will be available Day One for you to download as well.  The game is being developed by Sumo Digital, not Media Molecule as all of the other many entries have, and will arrive on PS4 this November.

Hidetaka Miyazaki, the director of Demon Souls and Dark Souls, is directing an all new PS4 exclusive called Bloodborne.  Known to most of the internet as Project Beast, players will explore the ancient city of Yharnam, now cursed with a strange endemic illness spreading through the streets like wildfire.You’ll have to conquer your fears and learn the town’s secrets in order to survive.  It is coming in 2015.

Next up, Alex Hutcinson took the stage to show off Far Cry 4.  You are Ajay, a man returning to Kryat, the country of his birth, to spread his mother’s ashes.  He becomes embroiled in a civil war inside of this massive open world.  Ubisoft showed off the game’x exploration with new tools like grappling hooks, wingsuits, and gyrocopters.  The trailer also introduced co-op into the game, with a second player playing as Hurk.  Far Cry 4 is coming this November.  PlayStation owners will also be able to invite in friends who don’t own the game.

If there is one thing for certain in the world, it’s that Deep Silver and Techland will release incredible trailers.  The CG trailer below is the announcement trailer for Dead Island 2, which will bring exclusive content to the PS4 in Spring 2015.  The game will take place in California, so we may not be on an island after all.  Look for it in 2015.

Adam Boyes then presented a slew of exclusives for PlayStation owners.  Diablo III will have a level with enemies from The Last of Us, exclusively on PS4.  The new enemies will be specially built, with all new attacks and stats.  Disney Infinity 2.0 will have Collector Editions exclusive to the PS3 and PS4 which come with The Hulk.  Paradox Interactive has all of their studios working on console exclusive titles for the PS4, including Magicka 2.  No release date was given.

Next up, Tim Schafer fans will rejoice to know that Grim Fandango is being remastered exclusively for the PS4 and PS Vita.  The collaboration is between Double Fine and Disney, the owners of Lucasarts.  On top of that, Digital Devolver games including Broforce, Hotline Miami 2, Titan Souls, Not a Hero, and the Talos Principle will all make their console debuts exclusively on PS4.

Suda 51, developer of No More Heroes and Killer7, will be bringing an all new exclsuive to the PS4 called Let it Die.  It appears to be multiplayer, and bears the tag line “Death cancels everything, except for the truth.”  Coming in 2015.

Part of Journey’s development team has gone on to form Giant Squid studios, and they showed off their first title: Abzu.  The game takes players to the depths of the ocean, where they will encounter majestic creatures and discover long lost secrets.  The name is actually Mesopotamian, meaning Ocean of Wisdom.  It will make it’s console debut on the PS4.

The game that singlehandly dropped every draw at the VGX’s last year was No Man’s Sky.  The procedurally generated exploration title was on display at Sony’s press conference, with new gameplay showing off the still insane ability to walk out of a cave, get into a jet, fly into space, engage in space combat and then land on an entirely different planet.  Just freaking crazy.  Hello Games founder Sean Murray spoke on how the game will start no two players on the same planet, making every experience unique.  It will make it’s console debut on PS4

Project Morpheus was briefly spoke about, announcing it is at Sony’s E3 booth.  New Sony America President Shawn Layden took the stage next, and spoke about improvements coming to PSN.  Players will be able to use the Share Button to upload footage to their Youtube accounts later this year.  Layden went on to say that gamers will be able to interact with those they view on Twitch and Ustream, but no real concrete details were discussed.  He went on to talk about how 25 new free-to-play games will be coming to PS4 in the next 12 months, including Kingdom Under Fire 2, Gunza, and Planetside 2.

Layden then went on to discuss PlayStation Now.  It will be in open beta for PlayStation 4 users in the US and Canada on July 31st.  Over 100 PS3 games will be playable, including God of War Ascension, Ratchet & Clank: Into the Nexus, and Dead Space 3.  PS Vita was briefly highlighted, as Layden said over 100 titles are in development for the system, including Minecraft which will be the full console experience.

PlayStation TV will be coming to the US this year, and allow gamers to remote play their PS4 on any other tv in their home.  On top of that, PlayStation Now will be coming to the system as well.  It will cost $99.99, and their will be a bundle with a Dualshock 4, PS Vita memory stick, and The Lego Move for $139.99.

Next up, Sony showed off world premier gameplay for Mortal Kombat X.  We saw four total fighters, including Sub-Zero, Scorpion, and two new characters.  Their names weren’t revealed but we got plenty of brutal gameplay.  One is a large bruiser character with another smaller character on his back, and the last is an Insect-queen sort of character who’s fatalities involve eating an enemies face with her swarms.

Sony next pressed their TV content, with the PlayStation exclusive program called Powers.  Based on the graphic novel by famed comic writer Brian Michael Bendis, the story focuses around a police officer who solves crimes around those who have super powers.  It is coming this December, and will have all episodes available for PlayStation Plus users, and the first episode available for all PlayStation owners.  Sony next showed a trailer for the Ratchet and Clank film, which is coming to theaters in early 2015.

Next up, Naughty Dog’s PS4 debut will take place on July 29th, when The Last of Us Remastered arrives on PS4.  The trailer below is FILLED with spoilers, so dear god do not watch it if you’ve never played The Last of Us and plan on buying it on PS4.

An all new trailer for Metal Gear Solid V came next, and I have to say it’s damn graphic.  Hell the opening scene shows Snake wiping the cremated ashes of someone on his face.  It’s a trailer directed and edited by Hideo Kojima, and you can certainly tell that.  Below is the extended Director’s Cut, from Konami’s Youtube channel.

Next up, it was revealed that Grand Theft Auto V, my top game of 2013, will be coming to next-gen consoles and PC later this year.  No new features were discussed, but Rockstar promises to take full advantage of the power of new generation systems to deliver the ultimate open-world experience.  The trailer can be found here.

The penultimate game shown was Rocksteady’s highly anticipated entry into the Batman franchise, Arkham Knight.  The gameplay shows off the incredible graphics they are delivering to next-gen consoles, and gives us more an look into the game’s story.  Enemies like Penguin were on full display, with the Arkham Knight being mentioned controlling drone forces.  The Batmobile was on full display, as was it’s Battle mode, which decimated the drone tanks deployed against the Caped Crusader.  It finishes with a tease of the game’s main villain: The Scarecrow.  PlayStation owners will get exclusive Scarecrow Nightmare missions when the game launches in Spring 2015.

PlayStation’s E3 press conference closed with a new trailer for the Uncharted.  Officially titled Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End, we find Nathan Drake a few years older.  He is speaking with Sully about one final mission after being out of the game for a few years.  The trailer below was captured on PS4, and A Thief’s End will arrive in 2015.

What did you think of Sony’s E3 Press conference?  Was it the best of the day?  Let me know in the comments below!

by, Bobby Marquardt

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