Finally, it’s time for Sony to have their moment. Starting with an incredible orchestral opening that lingered through the whole conference, it set the tone for one of the best shows E3 has seen in a long time. Here’s what happened over the hour.
God of War
A shadowy figure stepped out of the dark, and the crowd went wild. It was of course Kratos, now equipped with quite the bushy beard. The gameplay trailer sees Kratos teaching his son to hunt in the snowy woods, fighting a huge troll on the way. It seems the Norse mythology rumour was correct with Valhalla referenced in dialogue and plenty of Viking feelings in Kratos’ new axe and the environment.
The demo almost had a The Last of Us vibe to it, dealing with the relationship between Kratos and his son. It retains the brutality in fighting, but looks to be a bit more grounded than before.
We’ve finally gotten a glimpse at Sony Bend’s game, the long rumoured ‘Dead Don’t Ride’, now renamed to Days Gone. The segment opened with a flashy cinematic trailer to set up the world of zombies and bikers, then closed the whole stream with a demo live demo. It’ll be interesting to see how it develops, but for now it looks very promising.
Not a lot new here, save for some new shots and the release date of October 25th, 2016. It’s exciting to finally have a date for the Last Guardian, let’s just hope they can stick to it.
Horizon Zero Dawn
There’s so much about Horizon Zero Dawn we still don’t know. Thankfully the latest gameplay demo gave us a good glimpse at many of the in game systems. Crafting, resource gathering and varied combat options were all shown, used to fight corrupted mech-animal foes. Branching dialogue will also feature in your interactions as Aloy, along with hackable mounts to allow you to move around the world fast.
Detroit Become Human
Quantic Dreams’ latest narrative choice driven mystery game was given a little more insight in the form of a cinematic trailer. For atleast part of the game you’ll take control of an android called Connor, and find yourself in a scenario that can end in one of hundreds of ways. It’s a mystery that plays out around your decisions & consequences, and I’m very intrigued to see more.
Resident Evil 7 Biohazard
What started as a very unnerving VR Demo through a kitchen quickly shifted into a hugely anticipated title – Resident Evil 7. While we don’t know a lot about the game itself, we know the full game will be playable on PSVR when it launches for both PS4 and PSVR January 24th, 2017.
Playstation VR got a solid launch date of October 13th in the US, dropping at an RRP of $399 USD. It’ll have over fifty games come launch day compatible with the hardware, and three big ones were shown off in trailers.
The first is Farpoint, a space shooter and survival game that seems to revolve around the player getting stranded on an alien planet. The gunplay looks really interesting in this one, definitely worth an investigate for VR fans.
The second was a VR component for Star Wars Battlefront – VR X-Wing missions. Whether this ends up being a short flight mission or a larger chunk of game remains to be seen, but either way, sitting in that X-Wing cockpit sounds amazing.
The last was a tease for Batman Arkham VR, set to launch October 2016. Details are sparse once again, but it seems to have attracted the voice talents of Mark Hamill as the Joker once again.
Final Fantasy XV
Offering something different than the giant battle, the newest trailer for Final Fantasy XV features Afrojack. It was a very zany trailer, filled with dubstep, chocobos and flying bikes amongst various foes.
A Playstation VR Experience for the game was also unveiled, which seemed to mostly involve shooting guns at bosses from the character perspective. You’ll also be able to play as Prompto, using his abilities to pinpoint enemy weak points.
Call of Duty
Almost unrecognisable at first, the Call of Duty Infinite Warfare trailer gave us a look at the space based gameplay – from grappling hooks and smashing enemy masks to dogfighting in starships. The movement looks really neat and the graphics were stellar, it’ll be fascinating to see how the final version of Infinite Warfare turns out.
Sony also showed a Modern Warfare remaster trailer, giving us another glimpse at the upgraded visuals. They also revealed that Playstation 4 preorders of editions that include the remaster gain a 30 day early access period to the remastered Modern Warfare campaign.
Crash is making a comeback, in two different ways. The moment the orchestra began to play the Crash theme the crowd went wild. Crash will be making his return in Skylanders first, as a figure and character for Activision’s Imaginators. After this though, Crash 1, Crash 2 and Crash: Warped are getting full remasters and coming to the PS4.
Lego Star Wars: The Force Awakens
Highlighted in a new trailer, Lego Star Wars: The Force Awakens is out in two weeks – June 28th. The closure of this trailer revealed that PS4 owners can download a free demo, available now to get a taste of what’s on offer here.
He’s back, and he’s brought along Norman Reedus for Death Stranding. After walking out onto the stage with a fancy light carpet, Kojima showed off the debut trailer for his new game, and it was as odd as you’d expect. Figured out or not, people are already very keen for this one.
Insomniac’s Spiderman game is finally in the wild. Exclusive to the PS4, we’ll learn more in the coming months, but for now the web slinging hero is looking really slick on the PS4.
I don’t know what to say. Sony has absolutely killed it. The orchestra throughout, the reveals, Kojima himself. Sure, they didn’t have an answer to Project Scorpio (undoubtedly to be revealed at a later date), but it was still probably the best E3 press conference I’ve seen. A strong start, then a powerful finish with Death Stranding and Spiderman was the perfect way to close out 2016’s formal E3 conferences.