Sony held its annual press conference at E3 on June 15. Here were some of my biggest takeaways from the show. (Please note that these are in no particular order).
First announced way back in 2007, The Last Guardian was supposed to be the next great gaming experience from the creators of Ico and Shadow of the Colossus. Internal issues caused it to be continually delayed. Many in the gaming community assumed it would never see the light of day, but there have been rumors for the last several years that it would be re-announced as a PS4 exclusive.
Sony finally made good on those rumors with its re-reveal of The Last Guardian to open its press conference. Showing off a beautifully rendered world and platforming gameplay. The Last Guardian looks cool, but given the struggles with the game’s development, I’m finding it hard to get too excited.
Scheduled to release in 2016, The Last Guardian will likely never live up to the hype. Nevertheless, I want to find out for myself it has been worth the wait.
Yet another title that has me tempering my excitement. Last year, Square Enix trolled everyone with a preview of Final Fantasy VII on PS4. Everyone assumed it was an HD remake, but things turned sour when we realized it was simply a port of the PC version released on Steam—itself a re-release of the original PC version. Square Enix took a lot of flack for the reveal, and rightly so. A Final Fantasy VII remake is basically a license to print money. And given Square Enix’s penchant for remakes, FFVII seemed like a no-brainer.
Sony showed a few second trailer for Final Fantasy VII HD. I encourage you not to get too excited. I’m predicting that we won’t see this game until 2018 at the earliest.
3. Horizon: Zero Dawn
A strong and capable female protagonist? Surely there has been a mistake. Developed by Guerilla Games, known best for the Killzone series, Horizon is a strange mashup between a post-apocalyptic caveman world and robotic dinosaurs terrorizing the countryside.
The main character, a readheaded woman, seems like she could be a fun protagonist and the trailer had some very cool third-person battles. I’ll be watching this one.
Star Wars Battlefront hasn’t been seen since the PS2 days. Thankfully, the capable crew at Dice have taken over the series and showed off some truly excellent game play footage of the upcoming title. Battles seemed to be fast and fierce with familiar objectives, while switching between third-person and first-person ground battles and air battles as well.
The much anticipated title is set to be released in November 2015.
5. No Man’s Sky
Dear lord! How have I not seen this game before. No Man’s Sky is a space exploration game that boasts an “infinite sandbox universe.” One that has space battles, unexplored planets, and resource development (I think). “Every one of these points of light is sun.” And apparently, everyone has a solar system with life. (If you haven’t seen the video, there was a lot of points of light).
There’s still very little known about No Man’s Sky, but if Hello Games can deliver on the promises of an infinite universe it could change video games forever.
6. Media Molecule’s Dreams
Media Molecule is known for beautiful and different games. LittleBigPlanet and Tearaway were amazingly well made and different from anything else on the market. It seems like the developer’s next title, Dreams, won’t be much different. I wasn’t able to get much sense of the gameplay from the video, but the claymation art style was something to behold. Dreams will place a heavy emphasis on creation and sharing and is one to keep an eye on.
7. The Forgotten PS Vita
I can’t say I’m surprised, but there was almost no mention of the PS Vita. The Sony handheld, despite being a system I play daily, is slowly being abandoned by Sony. The only times I remember it being mentioned was when the presenter of Worlds of Final Fantasy said that game would be coming to PS4 and PS Vita and a five second appearance in a trailer for upcoming PlayStation games.
It’s sad really. The PS Vita has a small, but dedicated, following. Billed as Triple A gaming on the go when it was released, it’s been relegated to a device for obscure indie titles. I can’t help but be disappointed that such an excellent piece of hardware is failing to receive the support it deserves.
8. No PS4 Price Drop
I have to say, I was extremely surprised we didn’t hear anything about a PS4 price drop or new model. I really expected a $350 price point or at least a 1TB model PS4. As well as the system is selling, I suppose it’s too early for a price drop, but you should be looking for a 1TB model coming soon
9. No Project Morpheus
Project Morpheus, Sony’s upcoming VR headset also didn’t make an appearance. I actually expected it to be a big part of the show. It certainly hasn’t been forgotten, but clearly isn’t ready for it’s primetime debut. Expected sometime in early 2016, we should be hearing more about the project before the end of the year.
10. Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End
Sony ended their press conference in the best way possible with gameplay from Uncharted 4. Sony’s flagship franchise is coming to PS4 in 2016. The excellent series by Naughty Dog is guaranteed to be a hit and Sony took the opportunity to show some new gameplay featuring Drake and Sully tearing through a foreign city. (Watch the video if you haven’t already).
We still don’t know much about the story, but it doesn’t really matter. The visuals are beautiful, the gameplay will be fun, the controls will be tight and fan favorite characters will be present. Uncharted 4 will not disappoint and will be a must-play title.