E3 day zero gets us all pumped up for E3 week, and Sony added fuel to the fire Monday night. What Sony needed was a way to get gamers optimistic about its future, regardless of its lack of exclusive titles this holiday season. Some of it’s biggest franchises have moved onto a Spring 2016 release window, leaving September to November pretty barren if you’re looking for games that are only on Playstation. Again, there will be plenty of games to play, but Microsoft holds the advantage of having a notable 1st party release with Halo 5:Guardians and the timed exclusive Rise of the Tomb Raider. Sony will rely on exclusive and/or timed content from their 3rd party games to keep their momentum going. So how did their press conference go?
If you could sum up their show in 2 words, it would likely be:fan service. They kicked things off with new gameplay of The Last Guardian, a game that has been in development since 2007 & then formally announced at E3 2009. Over the years Shuhei Yoshida (the boss at Sony Computer Entertainment) insisted that the game had not been cancelled, and we finally have proof and a release date;sometime in 2016. The other bit of news that got gamers excited was the announcement of a longtime favorite that, by popular demand, is getting the remake treatment. Final Fantasy 7 Remake is coming first to Playstation 4 (so an eventual Xbox One release is likely) sometime in 2016. No gameplay was shown but we did get a CG trailer that looked very similar to the Advent Children character models. Guerrilla games, makers of the Killzone series, showed off Horizon; a seemingly open world action rpg game where half mechanical,half organic creatures roam the landscape, & a female warrior was battling a giant mechasaur (that’s what I’m calling it). Imagine a mashup of The Witcher & Metal Gear and you’ll have a general idea of the game. There was also some coverage on Morpheus, Sony’s VR headset, a new game from Media Molecule (Little Big Planet) where you paint on screen with your dualshock 4’s light bar and your creations are brought to life. One question that undoubtedly arises following Microsoft’s showing is “Should Sony look into adding backwards compatibility”?, & my opinion is:no. If you have PS3 discs still you likely have the PS3 console. I think people buy next gen consoles for next gen games and backwards compatibility may be a hot topic at first, but when the library grows you’d be too busy playing ps4 games & catching up with a backlog. BC wouldn’t have been a selling point for me since I still have my PS3., & the greatest obstacle would be emulating the cell processor in the ps4 which was difficult for devs to work with already. I will say is that I would have liked for digital purchases to transfer, but I understand that with both consoles having vastly different architecture, this would pose a problem with compatibility.
Sony also now has a partnership with Activision that will revert Microsoft’s previous deal with them to now offer Call of Duty DLC a month before everyone else for the PS4. The show ended with Nathan Drake’s final adventure, Uncharted 4:A Thief’s end. The game looked gorgeous (with a hiccup in the beginning for good luck) and the amount of detail happening on-screen was impressive. Be sure to check back friday for the Friday Catchup Podcast for more post E3 talk!
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