Sony ups its game at E3, brings numerous announcementsBy Ryan Noik 10 June 2014 | Categories: news
For gamers, June is an auspicious time, as it plays host to arguably one of the biggest, most spectacular gaming expo’s of the year. We speak of course of E3 (Electronic Entertainment Expo), this year currently taking place in Los Angeles in the US.
Amongst the myriad of questions raised by the expo – which new games will be announced? Will my favourite title get a sequel and will fill-in-the-blank finally be given a release date – there is another competition that has become an annual tradition, and that is between the Sony and Microsoft press conferences, as each company tries to outdo one another with the best exclusives and most tempting announcements.
This year, Sony certainly came out in full force, bringing what many had hoped for – a release date for and a few more details on its heavy hitter, Uncharted 4 – which has been given the subtitle, A Thief’s End and confirmed for release in 2015. Take a look at the trailer below for more.
Then, still staying with Naughty Dog, the PS4 remastered version of The Last of Us was given a firm release date – 29 July – and its own trailer, showing off Joel and Ellie’s journey in its 1080p glory.
Along with that, there were also some new and unexpected (but still very welcome) announcements coming from Sony’s presser. For example, Little Big Planet 3 was revealed, Oddworld: New and Tasty was dated for the third week of July, along with a remake of another old classic, Grim Fandango, not just for the PS4 but for the PS Vita as well (the latter of which has been receiving its fair share of attention of late, with the likes of Child of Light and the Ratchet and Clank Trilogy hopping onto the portable console at the beginning of next month).
Speaking of Ratchet and Clank, it just wouldn’t have felt like a complete Sony press conference without at least some reference to another of Sony’s longest-running franchises (and one of our perennial favourites). Thankfully, indeed there were a couple of announcements out of Insomniac apart from the Xbox One-only Sunset Overdrive, which showed a trailer for the Ratchet and Clank movie, and then dropped a bombshell that it was remaking the original game on the PS4.
So far, so good, but what about the new, innovative titles that gamers can obsess over the next several months? What about games we hadn’t heard much, if anything about? That was when Sony hit gamers with a new trailer for No Man’s Sky, the procedurally generated sci-fi exploration game whose ambitions are seemingly as endless as the horizon. Also unveiled was Bloodborne, a newly announced game from From Software, that was previously only referred to as Project Beast, which has been slated for release next year and looks deliciously dark.
Wrapping things up, we also received trailers for Far Cry 4, Dead Island 2 and Mortal Kombat X, slated for 2015; and, as a lovely little cherry on the top for fans of the outstanding inFamous: Second Son, that new DLC will enable us to play as Fetch, inFamous: First Light coming in August.
Suffice to say, it certainly seems as though Sony offered a solid and satisfying reveal event this year, offering some things we were hoping for, a few things we didn’t expect and a nod to some old favourites.
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