A media showcase at Paris Games Week is not usually known to be the driving force behind PlayStation’s winter news announcements - PlayStation Experience (the fourth of which will be happening in under a month on the 9th December) typically takes that crown. It’s been clear for some time, however, that this press event would buck that trend.
Rumours within games media and amongst Sony’s PR reps indicated that this would be much more of an E3 sized showing than what audiences are used to. This kind of hype even found its way into PlayStation’s pre-show live stream. It began with the hosts stating that they'll be showing off 21 PS4 and PS VR games during the pre-show alone, with 7 of these being announcements of new games.
it was a media showcase that, while was a pleasant surprise, leaves us wondering what Sony has left to show at PlayStation Experience.
Any scepticism towards the significance of these announcements were quickly pushed aside with the first reveal of the evening - Guacamelee 2! Considering the follow-up to the 2013 hit was revealed with a trailer that replaced a superhero suit-up scene with loading guacamole onto a tortilla chip, it’s clear that developer Drinkbox hasn't lost sight of the tone that helped make the first one great. In an interview afterwards, the developer added that four-player co-op is available throughout the entire game. Oh, and they also clarified that the mechanics for playing as a chicken have been enhanced. Sold.
After a few more indie announcements such as The Hong Kong Massacre and VR racer Sprint Vector, Sony went on to announce Spelunky 2, a sequel to the 2008 procedurally generated dungeon crawler. Details are sparse at the moment, but the trailer indicates that players will this time be playing as the son of the first game’s protagonist. It’s not often that you get a pre-show, let alone a full media showcase, that both begins and ends with the announcement of sequels to cult hits.
What followed in the main event was a barrage of first-party content supplemented by third-party game trailers for the likes of Star Wars: Battlefront and Monster Hunter Worlds. A trailer for Ghost of Tsushima, the new game by inFamous creator Sucker Punch, began the show. Players take control of a samurai that must defend the island of Tsushima from the invading Mongol Empire. Add an open world designed to be explored without waypoints, and it sounds like this could be shaping up to be Sucker Punch’s most emotionally resonant game yet.
Leading on from some stellar trailers for Spider-Man, Detroit: Become Human, God of War, Horizon: Zero Dawn’s DLC The Frozen Wilds and the remaster of Shadow of the Colossus, we got the big one - a 4-minute scene from The Last of Us: Part II. While the first game focussed on the relationship between Joel and Ellie and how they both had different reactions to those around them, it seems as though the second game has much more of a focus on the supporting characters. After all, no one shown in this clip is from the first game (as far as we know). Indeed, the entire trailer was kept very open-ended regarding when and where it is set as well as who is in it.
While the first game focussed on the relationship between Joel and Ellie, it seems as though the second game has much more of a focus on the supporting characters.
In the end, it was a media showcase that, while was a pleasant surprise, leaves us wondering what Sony has left to show at PlayStation Experience. Perhaps, with this event arguably having sequels as the highlights, Sony will have more to show in the form of brand new games. And then there’s the matter of how far away these games are to release. God of War is set for early 2018, but most of the first-party content seems a ways away. Nevertheless, many of them are shaping up to be worth the wait. Roll on PlayStation Experience!