Sony E3 Press Briefing Report

June 10, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Prior to the launch of its two-hour E3 press conference, Sony released a trailer for Killzone: Shadowfall Intercept online. Intercept basically adds four-player coop to the game from Guerilla Games.

Sony opened its E3 press conference with a trailer from Bungie's sci-fi themed shooter Destiny. Following that, Sony's Andrew House said that Bungie's game would "define the next-generation" of console gaming and revealed that on July 17 a beta will launch for the game on PS4. He also said that on Thursday and until the end of the weekend, PS4 owners could get a taste of an alpha build. Details on that can be found at www.greatnessawaits.com/destiny.

Sony also announced that it would launch a white PS4 Destiny Bundle on Sept. 9 The bundle will feature a white PS4, controller, a copy of Destiny, a 30-day PS Plus voucher, and an HDMI cable. Pricing and availability by region were not disclosed. Sony also said that Destiny will have PS4-exclusive content including weapons, armor sets, gear, ships, an Exodus map, and special coop missions. IT will be a launch day exclusive on PS4 as well.

Next Sony showed off some in-game footage from The Order: 1886, followed by the artsy dual stick focused game Entwined, which is available on PS4 today for $9.99. A PS3 and PS Vita version will be released "soon."

Next up is a video for inFamous Second Son DLC featuring "Fetch" as a playable character. While you don't need the original game to play it, Sony says that you get extra content if you do. The standalone DLC is called First Light and will be released in August.

A live four-player session showed of Media Molecule's LittleBigPlanet 3 for PS4 in action. The new game features three new playable characters: a new sidekick named Oddsock - a wall hopping frog; Toggle, a character who can turn big or small; and Swoop, a flying bird character who can pick up all the other characters. LittleBigPlanet 3 is coming in November. All the user generated content from the first game will also be playable in LBP 3 with a graphical facelift.

From Software's new game Bloodborn, also known as "Project Beast" was shown off for the first time officially. The grim and dark does not appear to be part of the Dark Souls or Demon's Souls universe. It is tentatively scheduled for release in 2015.

Next up Alexander Hutchinson from Ubisoft showed off Far Cry 4. The game is set in the fictional land of Karat, where animals have been "weaponized," and the terrain is rough and rugged. The live demo of the PS4 version of the game shows the seamless integration of combat to driving, to vehicle switching to flying a wing suit in a matter of minutes. The demo ends with a second player joining in on the fun. The game will be released in November. One of the special features for Far Cry on PS4 is that it will allow players on PS3 and PS4 to join in on a coop mission even if they don't actually own the game...

While reading letters supposedly sent in by Sony fans, a number of new titles were shown off including Deep Silver's Dead Island 2 as well as a clip of the Remastered version of The Last of Us. Sony also revealed that there will be some crossover with characters from the game appearing in Ultimate Evil Edition of Diablo III for PS4. Sony reiterated what EA said about the Battlefield Hardline beta being available on PS4 and then showed off a new trailer for EA's game.

Next up was a trailer for the PS4 version of Paradox Interactive's Magika 2, though no release date was given for the game.

Tim Schaefer's classic game Grim Fandango is also coming to the PS4 and Vita. It is being developed by an unnamed third-party and published by Disney - who own the rights after buying Lucas Arts.

Sony then showed off the line-up of Devolver Digital titles coming to PS4 including Broforce, Not a Hero, Hotline Miami 2, Croteam's The Talos Principle, and Titan Souls.

Let it Die, a new original game from Suda 51, Grasshopper and Gungho was announced as a PS4-esxclusive, followed by Giant Squid's underwater exploration game ABZU - which will debut as an exclusive on PS4.

Hello Games' space exploration game No Man's Sky was heavily highlighted with several videos and a brief stage presentation by Hello Games founder Sean Murray. He described the game as a procedurally generated space exploration game where players start on an unexplored planet. It will be a PS4 launch debut, though when it will be released was not announced.

Sony's Andrew House returned to the stage to talk about how the PS Camera will soon support new play experiences through its VR headset currently codenamed Morpheus. The technology is on the show floor all this week.

SCEA president Sean Layden took to the stage to announce that YouTube support will be coming to PS4 later this year. Streaming content on PS4 to services like Twitch and Ustream will be dramatically improved to add more spectator interactions. This summer Sony will also add new free DLC for its Play Room on PS4 that includes "new broadcasting sets."

Sony then moved on to Free-to-Play games coming to PS4. Sony claims that 25 games are in development including Kingdom Under Fire 2, Planetside 2, Gunza, Singing Monsters, War Thunder, and many more.

Next Sony announced that PlayStation Now will go into open beta on July 31 in the U.S. and Canada and will support PS3 and Vita as well. The service will also be made available to select Sony Television sets. A DualShock 3 controller is required for play. The service will launch with 100 PS3 titles. Pricing and rental schemes are still being worked out and are subject to change based on feedback from the beta test.

Sony briefly highlighted the PS Vita, noting that 100 games are in development for the system including Tales of Hearts R, Child of Light, Tales from Borderlands, and Minecraft (offering the full console experience with co-op).

One of the big shocks from the press conference was that Sony will bring the PlayStation TV (PS Vita TV in Japan) to the United States, Europe, and Canada. The system will cost $99, or $139 if you want extras like a DualShock 3 controller, an 8GB memory card, a voucher for the LEGO Movie Videogame, and an HDMI cable. The system plays most Vita games and supports the PlayStation Now service. No word on a specific release date or what video services - beyond those owned by Sony - that it will support.

Next Sony showed a clip from the new Mortal Kombat X game, featuring all the gruesomeness you'd expect from a next-gen Mortal Kombat title.

This was followed up by an announcement that the popular graphic novel, "Powers" is being developed into a television show for PlayStation Network. Powers tells the story of two homicide detectives who investigate the deaths of people with super powers.

The first episode will be available in December and will be free to watch. The remaining episodes require a PlayStation Plus account. A Ratchet and Clank movie is also in development.

Sony showed off some more of The Last of Us remastered for PS4 and revealed it would be released July 29. This was followed by a new trailer for Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain.

Next Sony showed Grand Theft Auto V for PS4 and revealed that when the game releases sometime next year it will allow current PS3 and Xbox 360 players to transfer their progress over to the PS4. For reals.

Finally Sony closed the show with a clip of Batman Arkham Knight and Uncharted 4: A Thief's End. Nathan Drake's latest adventure hits sometime in 2015.

Like the rest of the press conferences today, Sony focused mostly on games and game services, only talking briefly about new hardware, entertainment, streaming and social features. It did not engage in any talk about sales numbers, though it did talk a lot about the number of interactions on PS4 since it launched. At the end of this first day it is clear that both first- and third-party publishers understand that - at this point in the new generation console cycle - all that matters is having great games...


 
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