Sony E3 2015 Conference Summary
This is one of those years where E3 was never really going to hold too many surprises and huge exciting announcements. Microsoft had a respectable showing earlier today and of course everyone expects Sony to match everything they do blow for blow. While this wasn’t Sony’s best E3 conference of the last few years, it was overall solid and had some nice fan pleasing moments.
The smartest thing Sony could do was open their conference with The Last Guardian and, hey, that’s exactly what they did. The game that has alluded fans for years on end has finally shown it’s face to the light of day. And what a pretty face it was. The few minutes of gameplay was beautiful and thrilling. We didn’t get to see much and didn’t get any other information, but at least we know that we can expect to play The Last Guardian in 2016. For now at least.
Sony quickly followed up that crowd pleasing reveal with a showcase of Guerrilla Games newest IP, Horizon: Zero Dawn. The game certainly looked nice and the technopocalypse story sounds interesting, but we will need to see more to make any kind of assumptions. Same goes for the new Hitman game shown by IO Interactive. The cinematic trailer was very slick, but again, very little information and zero gameplay this time.
Sony followed up these two new franchises with a look at one of the oldest in Sony’s lineup: Street Fighter 5. Believe it or not, the game looks just like a Street Fighter game. If you like the Street Fighter series, you will likely like this new iteration. Unfortunately, the veteran franchise was a but overshadowed by the previous reveals and a good three minute look at a very exciting game that has been on the horizon for what seems like forever, No Man’s Sky. The game continues to impress and I can’t wait to get my hands on it. Also, we are apparently going to be getting a release date announcement soon which is welcome news.
What followed No Man’s Sky was one of the most bizarre things I have ever seen on the E3 stage. When people see the name Media Molecule pop up, they expect some interesting, light-hearted creation-based games. However, their newest project, currently titled Dreams, is a sudden left turn for the developer. Sure, it is still focused on creation, but the game is unlike anything I’ve ever seen. It seems that the game will be based around people bringing their weirdest, wildest, scariest dreams to life with the game’s creation engine. The Media Molecule studio head on stage said that the game takes a bit to sink in and understand and I will most certainly take his word on that. All I know is that I want to see more and understand exactly what this thing is that has been dreamed up by Media Molecule.
Sony started picking up the pace at this point, quickly showing the intriguing Firewatch. We also got a nice extended look at Destiny‘s expansion The Taken King coming September 15. The expansion definitely seems to promise a ton of content, most of all A FREAKING ENERGY BOW. Sorry, but it’s true. New weapons, abilities, missions, strikes and raids are incoming this fall and they look pretty interesting. Destiny was followed by a quick look at Assassin’s Creed Syndicate. The game is a multiplatform release so this was nothing new, although the game looks pretty interesting if you are into Victorian England.
Sony quickly moved into some more desired territory: Final Fantasy. The first reveal was The World of Final Fantasy, which didn’t do much for me. However, the trailer that came next definitely got my jimmies rustled. The remake of Final Fantasy 7 was officially confirmed and a very brief cinematic trailer was shown. Visually it looked amazing and I’m excited to see how they have adapted the classic to modern consoles. Unfortunately, Sony’s conference started to lose steam a little at this point. The typical Devolver indie game montage showed four brand new games and an inordinate amount of time was devoted to the Shenmue 3 Kickstarter campaign. I’m sure Shenmue fans will be excited to finally see a sequel to the series that last released in 2001, but I don’t think spending so much time talking about a Kickstarter campaign was the best use of time. When a trailer for a third party game that is releasing in a week (Batman: Arkham Knight) is a welcome site, you know you spent too much time on things that aren’t particularly attention grabbing.
We also got a pretty solid look at Project Morpheus, Sony’s virtual reality system. What they showed wasn’t ground-breaking, but I am still looking forward to trying out the system with friends, something Sony is adamant that people should do. Another of Sony’s bigger projects was shown in PlayStation Vue. They are rolling the service out to more cities before it eventually releases nation wide. The idea of being able to purchase unbundled television packages is definitely intriguing and I was really happy to hear that PlayStation Plus members will get discounted rates.
Sony then closed out the rest of their conference with Star Wars. A decent amount of time was spent on Disney Infinity 3.0, but the brief snippet of gameplay for Star Wars: Battlefront was what really got my attention. The game looks absolutely gorgeous! I can only hope that DICE is able to work out all of the bugs by its November 17 release. Nobody wants another Battlefield 4 fiasco.
Oh, and just when you thought they had forgotten, Sony let Nathan Drake officially end the show. We got a nice segment of gameplay showing off the graphics and a classic Uncharted action set piece. If you weren’t already excited for Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End, you should be now.
And that was pretty much it. The show ended fairly unceremoniously. Uncharted 4 looked great, but I was left hoping for at least one more reveal. Maybe even Kingdom Hearts 3, but maybe that was just wishful thinking. As I said, this wasn’t Sony’s best conference, but they have definitely done worse. Check back to NerdSpeak for more E3 coverage.