Sony brings exclusive games and The Last Guardian to E3 2015
While Microsoft used its E3 press event to make some big reveals, like backwards compatibility and an all new controller, Sony stuck firmly to the games. There were a lot of familiar faces on show, as well one or two new and intriguing titles. Read on as Gizmag picks out the biggest game reveals from Sony's E3 2015 press conference.
Let's start with the big one. After years of speculation, Sony finally revealed that The Last Guardian will be coming to the PlayStation 4 in 2016. The game, which comes from the creators of classic titles Ico and Shadow of the Colossus, was originally announced back in 2007 for the PS3, but has suffered a lengthy and troubled development, leading many to believe that it would never see the light of day at all. The demo shown during the event suggests things are finally running smoothly, with a familiarly bleak aesthetic and simple but compelling-looking gameplay.
The company also used the press conference as a launchpad for a Kickstarter campaign for Shenmue 3 – a long awaited sequel in an action role-playing series that's been dormant since 2002. Impressively, the campaign is already fully funded, currently hitting well above US$2 million. It's not expected to land until December 2017 at the earliest.
Elsewhere, there were a lot of repeat performances at this year's Sony event, with titles like Destiny, Assassin's Creed Syndicate, Star Wars: Battlefront and Batman: Arkham Knight all getting some air time. The company even elected to close the event with a lengthy gameplay demo of Uncharted 4: A Thief's End. That title looks great, but we've seen it in action before, and we know it's not coming out until 2016.
Aside from briefly unveiling a new first person shooter for the hardware (it's called RIGS), we also didn't see very much of Project Morpheus – Sony's "built for PS4" VR headset. In light of Microsoft's impressive demo of its Hololens augmented reality tech, that could be viewed as a little disappointing.
That said, there were a few surprises at Sony's event. The company showed off a couple of new and exclusive games, including the intriguing Dreams. A new title from Media Molecule, the game is a surreal creation-based experience that lets players quickly build and animate their own worlds. It doesn't appear to be the most accessible game we've seen, but it's one of the most compelling to come out of E3 so far this year.
Sony also unveiled a unique-looking post-apocalyptic third person action title called Horizon: Zero Dawn. The game pits bow and arrow-wielding humans against huge, dinosaur-like robots. Needless to say – that looks to be a winning combination.
First-person mystery title Fire Watch was also revealed during the event. The game stars a fire lookout in a Wyoming forest, includes touches of comedy and offers players only a voice on the other end of a walkie talkie as an ally. We don't know much about the title at this point, but it'll make its console debut on PS4.
Sony made one other announcement at the event that's certain to prove extremely popular with fans – a remake of the classic title Final Fantasy VII. While it won't be a PS4 exclusive, it'll hit Sony's system before it arrives on other platforms.
For more on Sony's E3 reveals, you can check out the video of the full event below.