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Sony E3 2015 Recap – Grab Your Wallets
Every year Sony dukes it off against Microsoft at E3, and this one was no exception. From reviving a “dead” game to announcing brain-melting remakes and surprising new titles, here’s a recap of what you might have missed from Sony’s 2015 E3 conference.
The Last Guardian isn’t dead!
What a way to open a conference, with a little necromancy: The Last Guardian lives after all and has been given a 2016 release window. The game is being directed by Fumito Ueda and you can catch the 6 minute opening video below. Sony have defended its’ existence a handful of times already, so it’s good to finally see something tangible.
Horizon: Zero Dawn
Described as Transformers meets Barbarian, Guerrilla Games announced their latest title with a dramatic dinosaur-featuring trailer. Once again humanity has crumbled and nature has reclaimed the Earth, creating a future both primitive and complex. Oh, and there appear to be robot dinosaurs. How cool is that? The game is also set to have a full day and night cycle and features lots of exploration. Currently there’s no release date.
It amazes me that Agent 47 is still alive and kicking (emphasis on the kicking, and shooting, and maybe a little stabbing too…) but Sony confirmed a new Hitman game, simply titled Hitman. It has been dubbed the “most ambitious Hitman game ever” by developers IO-Interactive, and will be available across multiple platforms (yay for Xbox users!) However Playstation owners are set to receive six unique contracts within the first year of launch.
Dreams is the newest title by Media Molecule, best known for creating the LittleBigPlanet series. It makes use of the DualShock 4 controllers and lets you effectively create your own objects and characters. If you have to watch one trailer from E3, watch this one.
Final Fantasy VII remake
This could arguably be Sony’s biggest announcement at E3 2015: Final Fantasy VII is getting a remake! Calm yourself down because it won’t be out for a while yet, but Sony confirmed it will be coming to Playstation 4 first. No other consoles were announced at the time, and neither was a release date. It’s a little hard to contain my excitement at this one! Check out the trailer in all its’ beautiful glory below.
World Of Final Fantasy
Yet another Final Fantasy title, World of Final Fantasy is set to come out on PS4 and Playstation Vita in 2016. If you like adorable, super deformed characters then this is the game for you. We didn’t get a lot of details on the actual gameplay yet, but it’s stupidly adorable and will fill the gap until FF7 comes out very nicely!
Arguably the other biggest announcement from Sony at E3, it turns out legendary developer Yu Suzuki has launched a Kickstarter campaign for Shenmue 3! “Shenmue 3 will be the story you have waited for” announced the creator live, and the Kickstarter campaign is hoping to earn $2 million in one month. Despite only going live during the conference, the campaign has already got nearly $3.2 million pledged with 40,677 backers. How’s that for community and fan support?!
Assassin’s Creed: Syndicate
Assassins. England. What more could be better, apart from a good cup of tea? Playstation 4 owners will be receiving additional content with The Dreadful Crimes: these are missions where you have to solve crimes inspired by the world’s most famous detective novelist.
No Man’s Sky
Sean Murray took to the stage to blow minds away with a live demo of the space-exploration game, and it looks fantastic! The game world is massive, and to add to the fun each planet is fully destructible. Not that you’d want to go around blowing the universe up or anything like that… right? A release date should be coming soon according to the dev team, so keep an eye out for that.
Call of Duty
A games conference wouldn’t be complete without a Call of Duty announcement, and both Sony and Activision were pleased to announce that future CoD content will come first to the Playstation 4. That means you’ll get all DLC before Microsoft fans, so try not to gloat too much!
They also announced that the Black Ops 3 beta will be coming to PS4 first this August.
Star Wars Battlefront
This year we got brand new footage of the Star Wars Battlefront co-op experience, showcasing the objective based Survival mode (you can see this in action in the trailer). Luke Skywalker will also feature in the co-op mode, and I’m going to be honest: it had me heading back to play Battlefront 1 and 2 all over again. Take a look for yourselves.
Finally Sony closed the show with an extended video of Uncharted 4: A Thief’s end. The video hints at an extremely open world and shows off an action-packed car chase. What a closer! Currently the game is set to be released in 2016, with no specific date announced.
– Sony announced that Street Fighter V, a PS4 exclusive, will be getting Cammy and Birdie as playable characters.
– The newest Destiny DLC, The Taken King, will be coming out September 15th 2015
– Firewatch, a new mystery game, is getting a PS4 release sometime this year.
– 4 Devolver Digital games are coming to the Playstation 4: Ronin, a 2D stealth action; Eitr, a pixel-art action; Mother Russia Bleeds, a bloody 2D brawler (yummy!) and Crossing Souls, an action adventure.
– Morpheus and Sony announce RIGS, a multiplaye first-person shooter game developed by Guerrilla Cambridge. It’s a 3v3 VR title that might just break a few friendships.
– The PS4 is getting a limited-edition Disney Infinity 3.0 bundle containing both Twilight of the Republic (Episodes 1-3) and Rise Against The Empire (Episodes 4-6), as well as a Boba Fett figure.
That pretty much sums up Sony’s 2015 E3 conference, and as you can see there’s a heck of a lot of announcements! Final Fantasy 7 and Shenmue both made fantastic appearances, and it’s great to see The Last Guardian is alive and kicking. You can catch up with all the other E3 conferences right here on Leviathyn.