E3 is no time to be resting on your laurels, and PlayStation certainly hit the ground running with their conference. Here’s a handy round-up of the big news, of which there was plenty.
PlayStation gave us all what we wanted from the first, with new gameplay of the long-gestating The Last Guardian. Showing off the puzzle-solving gameplay mechanics in fine style, the trailer also reaffirmed the mood and style we’ve come to expect from the title. With an end title offering the loosest possible release date detail of 2016, the tone was well and truly set.
Next up, Killzone developers Guerrilla Games offered us our first look at their new IP. Horizon: Zero Dawn looks to be a fascinating mix of epic scale and combat, with robot dinosaur-type creatures. ROBOT. DINOSAURS. With a fierce protagonist and intriguing setting we could be on to a winner with this one.
A brief, but very stylish cinematic teaser from Square Enix and Io Interactive for the new Hitman followed hot on Horizon’s heels, accompanied by a promise of a PS4 exclusive beta with pre-orders. Details are obviously still scarce on this one, but the trailer certainly looked very sharp indeed.
PlayStation then moved on to some gameplay footage for Street Fighter V and No Man’s Sky, before showing off a curious new project from Little Big Planet developers Media Molecule. According to the official website, “Dreams™ is a space where you go to play and experience the dreams of Media Molecule and our community. It’s also a space in which to create your own dreams, whether they’re games, art, films, music or anything in-between and beyond.” It was certainly one of the most interesting titles shown at any of the conferences this year, so it will be interesting to see how this one develops.
Next up, PlayStation gave us the briefest of glimpses at Firewatch, the curious new first person mystery. With design elements from artist extraordinaire Olly Moss, and a very intriguing premise, this new title from Camp Santo looks to be one to watch. Firewatch will be making its console debut on PS4, but there is no set release date as of yet.
Following on from some details on Destiny expansion The Taken King and Assassin’s Creed Syndicate gameplay, PlayStation dropped a megaton of a bomb. FINAL. FANTASY. VII. REMAKE. Details are obviously very sketchy at this stage, but the trailer ilustrated a high level of detail while announcing the title’s debut on PS4. Chocobos at the ready!
Hotline Miami publishers Devolver Digital then joined the fray, giving us a taste of four titles coming soon to PS4. After the strong showing by Xbox on indie titles it was good to see PlayStation keeping up in some fashion, although the almost complete lack of mention for the Vita was a sour note.
By the way, who out there loves Shenmue? If you said no, feel free to admonish yourself and then change your answer to yes. PlayStation loves Shenmue too, so much so that they then proceeded to invite series creator Yu Suzuki on stage to announce a Kickstarter to fund Shenmue 3. At the time of writing it has already surpassed its initial target of $2,000,000, but do feel free to give it a look. The stretch goals are sure to be interesting.
After a brief foray into Batman: Arkham Knight, Project Morpheus, and Call of Duty: Black Ops III (now in partnership with PS4, offering exclusive maps and beta access), PlayStation brought out the big guns to close the show. After an unfortunate technical delay at the very beginning of the demo, Naughty Dog then went on to show new gameplay of Uncharted 4 in some style. Illustrating new gunfight and combat mechanics, complete with destructible environments (watch those melons fly!), as well as an exciting driving sequence through a crowded town, the trailer was Uncharted as we know it well. With the typical humour and repartee intact, we can rest easy that Uncharted looks on track to be a solid entry in the series. Let’s hope for a playable demo at EGX in September!