Sony’s PlayStation E3 Press Conference started strong with a live orchestra playing a majestic, but unknown theme. Those in attendance (or watching from afar) soon learned that the music was for a much-requested game from Sony’s Santa Monica Studio…
God Of War
Fans cheered as a grizzled warrior stepped into the light and revealed his tattoos. In God of War, Kratos teaches his son to hunt in a hostile, Nordic wasteland and along the way, proves to audiences that he’s “still got it.” The soundtrack we heard at the start of the conference was written by famed composer, Bear McGreary (The Walking Dead). God of War is currently in development exclusively for PlayStation 4.
This open-world, post-apocalyptic adventure game by Bend Studio follows the story of Deacon St. John (Sam Witwer), a “drifter and bounty hunter who rides the broken road, fighting to survive while searching for a reason to live.” In addition to the above announce trailer, viewers were treated to a demonstration of anxiety-inducing gameplay in which Deacon battles swarms of creatures that resemble Golem from The Lord of the Rings. Days Gone is currently in development exclusively for PlayStation 4.
The Last Guardian
The Last Guardian is the story of a young boy who befriends a giant griffin-like creature, Trico, and the two work together to evade guards that are after them both. Controlling the boy, players work with Trico by calling it or luring it with food to assist in navigating the terrain or solving puzzles. The game has been stuck in “development hell” since its announcement at E3 2011, but will finally see a release date of October 25.
Horizon: Zero Dawn
Revealed at E3 2015, Horizon: Zero Dawn tells the story of a young hunter named Aloy who must leave her tribe to learn the truth about her world of mechanical creatures. This open-world action role playing title is being developed by Guerrilla Games (Killzone) and is scheduled for release on February 28, 2017.
Detroit: Become Human
Heavy Rain developer, Quantum Dream revealed additional gameplay for their previously-announced tite, Detroit: Become Human. Set in a futuristic Detroit where androids have no rights, a self-aware droid named Connor must make the hard decisions in each choose-your-own-adventure scenario. This game is currently in development and is schedule to release sometime next year.
Resident Evil 7: biohazard
Capcom’s iconic survival horror brand returns to its suspenseful roots in this VR experience coming to PlayStation 4 on January 24, 2017.
Hideo Kojima took to the stage with thunderous applause. “I’m back!,” he smiled. Following the cancellation of Silent Hills, Kojima continued working with Norman Reedus on a new game: Death Stranding. No release date or additional details have been announced.
Farpoint is a space thriller coming soon to PlayStation VR.
Marvel’s web-slinging hero returns in his own game, currently in development for PlayStation 4.
LEGO Star Wars: The Force Awakens
The latest Star Wars film gets a LEGO parody for PS3 and PS4 in the coming weeks.
Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare
Fans were treated to some gameplay from the upcoming Call of Duty: Infinited Warfare.
Crash Bandicoot 1, 2 and Warp are being fully-remastered for PlayStation 4. Additionally, Crash will make an appearance as a playable character in the upcoming Skylanders: Imaginators. Call of Duty: Modern Warfare will also receive the remastered treatment for next-gen consoles.
Coming Soon To Virtual Reality
PlayStation VR already has over 50 games lined up for its launch, and Sony showed off a few of those games, including Batman: Arkham VR, Star Wars Battlefront: X-Wing Mission and Final Fantasy XV VR Experience.
“PlayStation’s heritage has been built around innovation and ground-breaking gaming experiences, and today’s reveals of new PS4 and PS VR content speaks to our continued commitment to this evolution of gaming,” said Shawn Layden, President of SIEA and Chairman of SIE Worldwide Studios. “From the reimagining of God of War to the brand new world of Days Gone, this E3 marks one of the best content line-ups in PlayStation history. With the launch of PS VR on the horizon, innovation also has never been stronger at PlayStation, as developers, from smaller independent teams to larger studios, have been able to quickly leverage the technology and create unique experiences that truly embody VR’s potential.”