A Recap Of Sony’s E3 2016 Event
The unveiling of the new PS4 Neo was confirmed earlier that it would not take place at E3 this year. Nonetheless, the press conference was as exciting as we expected with new titles as well sequels to the successful franchises was showcased at the event. Despite the Xbox One S being revealed and Sony still keeping the curtains on their new console, they did manage to gather our attention. Let’s see what they presented –
1. The New God Of War –
Sony started its annual E3 press conference with a gameplay demo of a new God of War game. The footage shows the franchise’s main antihero, Kratos, training a young boy to hunt in the wilderness. The boy, who calls Kratos his father, helps him take down a series of vicious monsters, showing off the series’ signature mix of hack-and-slash action and quick time event cutscenes. The title does not appear to be an official God of War 4, but rather a reboot of the franchise or a possibly a prequel to the main series, in which Kratos is still a mortal man and a father before becoming beholden to Ares. It also isn’t clear that this new God of War is set in a time before or after Ancient Greece, or if it’s going to tackle an entirely new mythology like the much rumored Norse setting. One thing we know for sure: Kratos is back.
2. The Last Guardian –
After what could be called one of the most agonizing waits in video game history, about seven years, The Last Guardian for the PlayStation 4 finally has a release date: October 25th, 2016. The Last Guardian is the final chapter in the trilogy that started with Ico and Shadow of the Colossus. Since 2009, we’ve been waiting for announcements about the game, which has been beset with delays after originally being announced for a 2011 release on the PlayStation 3. Sony made a big splash with it last year at E3, opening its keynote with gameplay footage on the PS4. The plot still involves a boy who has been kidnapped and left in some ancient ruins, then befriends Trico. The two then need to escape the ruins by exploring and solving various puzzles.
3. Days Gone –
Days Gone, a post-apocalyptic slow burner set in the Pacific Northwest. We don’t know much about the game other than the fact it’s being developed by Bend Studio, an Oregon developer responsible for the Syphon Filter series of games on the PlayStation and PlayStation 2. Sony didn’t show any substantive gameplay before moving to other games, but a 10-minute gameplay clip was posted to YouTube before being removed. Adi Robertson’s liveblog description of it as “Cormac McCarthy’s Sons of Anarchy” seems accurate: there’s salvaging, mammoth swarms of zombies, a variety of combat scenes. It looks a little bit like The Last of Us, in that there are zombie-like creatures, except this game features a biker protagonist.
4. Horizon Zero Dawn –
A lengthy preview of Horizon Zero Dawn was shown at E3 2016. The game stars a hunter named Aloy who fights robotic creatures. The world is the world both primitive and futuristic. In the video, Aloy mounts what looks like a Darpa dog then fires arrows into a mechanical squid-giraffe-monster-thing. The world seems to be massive and open, and in the demo, we see Aloy call up her map. As before, it’s somewhat shocking to see Aloy attempting to take on these hulking mechanical monstrosities with just a bow, knife, and other somewhat primitive weaponry. She’s got futuristic abilities that give her an edge on the robots. The game keeps getting more and more exciting, and the new reveal of the Corrupter robots and the domestication drill as well as a better look at the environment makes this one of my most anticipated games. It’ll launch on PS4 on February 28, 2017.
5. Resident Evil 7 : Biohazard –
The trailer for the new Resident Evil game just reached a new level of creepy by offering something a little different: a “full VR experience.” And there’s not all that long to wait — the game is coming January 24th, 2017, and a demo will be available tonight for PlayStation Plus members. That suggests that VR isn’t a required component for the game. The Resident Evil 7 trailer made reference to Kitchen, a PlayStation VR demo by Capcom that gained notoriety for its intense horror. It appears that the new Resident Evil will further build upon some of the ideas set out in Kitchen. It will be coming to PS4, Xbox One, and PC and will be fully compatible with PlayStation VR, though you don’t need the headset to play it.
6. Detroit: Become Human –
The unveiling of Quantic Dream’s new game Detroit: Become Human was one of the highlights of Sony’s Paris Games Week conference last year, and Sony showed it off again this year at E3 2016 with a brand new trailer. The game is supposed to revolve around Kara, an android who achieves consciousness and figures out the meaning of “freedom” in a world where her fellow androids are used as tools and servants. Instead, this trailer followed an android named Connor who investigates a crime scene, confronts an (evil?) android named Daniel, and either succeeds or fails to rescue a little girl depending on the player’s decisions. It looks like there are a ton of different possible outcomes, all of which are totally intense. Detroit: Become Human is the first game Quantic Dream (and its head honcho, David Cage) have released since 2013’s Beyond: Two Souls, and it exists in the same narrative-centric tradition as that game and 2010’s groundbreaking Heavy Rain.
7. Crash Bandicoot Remastered –
Crash Bandicoot returns! The publisher announced it had partnered with Activision to bring the mascot back to PlayStation. Last year we got Shenmue and Final Fantasy VII. This year, we’ve got three Crash Bandicoot remasters. That means the original game, its sequel and the third game, Warped, are all being given the HD treatment. Sure, it’s not quite the all-new Crash Bandicoot we were all hoping for after the game made an appearance in Uncharted 4, but it’s bound to sell like crazy anyway. Remasters of the original Crash Bandicoot, Crash Bandicoot 2, and Crash Bandicoot 3: Warped will come at an unspecified later date. Crash Bandicoot will also appear in Activision’s Skylanders: Imagination this fall.
8. Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare –
Sony just showcased a new Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare trailer, and it’s all in space! You just have to watch the trailer to see it, since it looks almost nothing like earlier Call of Duty games in the series (except, of course, for the moments you spend obliterating enemies with conventional guns.) The trailer begins with some really stunning starfighter-tube-launching and dogfighting action, and transitions into first-person spacewalking and shooting. We already knew Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare would be different, but the new trailer suggests there could be a lot more space action in the full game. Infinity Ward has promised a plot fitting Call of Duty’s ever-escalating, fantastical stakes, as players will defend one of “Earth’s last remaining warships” against some kind of fascist space insurgency. Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare will be out November 4th this year.
9. Death Stranding –
Hideo Kojima made a surprise appearance at Sony’s E3 press conference to unveil a spooky new game called Death Stranding, his first since leaving Konami and turning Kojima Productions into an independent developer. (It’s also his first game since Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain.) Kojima played a trailer for the game whose footage was entirely running in real time, and it was about as creepy and mysterious as you can imagine. A naked man (played by The Walking Dead’s Norman Reedus) held a baby to his chest on a deserted beach before the baby became invisible and turned into oil, and the man looked up at five figures hanging in the sky before the trailer ended. It’s unclear how Death Stranding is linked to the cancelled Silent Hill project Kojima and Reedus were working on with Guillermo del Toro — or the famously unsettling demo P.T. — but it seems like the pair might’ve salvaged their concept for use in a new game. Kojima didn’t say anything after revealing a title card for the game, so we could be hanging in the dark for a while.
What did you think about Sony’s press conference? What as you most hyped? Let us know in the comments below and stay tuned for more event recaps of E3 2016.