PlayStation At Gamescom 2014 – The Recap

As I did yesterday with Microsoft, it’s time for Sony’s turn in the spotlight. Thankfully, their conference wasn’t super early in the morning (in my timezone) so I was able to watch this one. In case you missed it though, I’ve once again rounded up all the juicy bits of information for you below.

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The instant reaction I got after Sony’s conference was positive though it seemed like more of a “victory lap” for them as they also announced that they’ve sold 10 million PlayStation 4 consoles to date which is a feat in and of itself at this point in the console’s lifecycle. What I found interesting (along with many other people) is that the Vita received pretty much no love or attention during the presser and even one of the platform’s core games (Tearaway) is coming to the PS4.

With that said, Sony covered a lot of stuff so here is a recap of some of their bigger announcements at the show. Details after the jump…

Indie/PSN Focus – There’s some good downloadable content on the way for PS4 owners including games like Hollowpoint (Ruffian Games), The Vanishing of Ethan Carter (the Astronauts), Volume (Mike Bithell), DayZ, and The Tomorrow Children (Q Games) to name a few.

Trailers! – Just as Microsoft did, Sony unleashed a horde of new video content and trailers. I’ve done my best to capture them all for you which you can get your hands on tomorrow in a massively huge Video Round Up. Make sure to come back and check it out.

The Return Of Ninja Theory – The guys behind some of the most criminally overlooked games (DmC, Enslaved, Heavenly Sword) revealed their next project called Hellblade which looks to have a good amount of Celtic lore mixed with demons and a new female lead to kick some ass in. It was just a teaser trailer but I’m definitely looking forward to more on this one.

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Far Cry 4 – Shangri-la! New gameplay! The PSN friend invite mode explained! Come back tomorrow for more!

Destiny News – Bungie took the stage and made sure to use the phrase “Timed Exclusive” anytime they talked content for Destiny probably due to the Tomb Raider backlash. A new trailer was shown detailing the Crucible, Destiny’s PvP component along with it’s game modes. Finally, the first expansion called “The Dark Below” hits in December.

PlayStation Updates – New features are coming to Sony’s console including sharing to YouTube and a new SharePlay feature which will let players invite other PS Plus members across the globe to play a game with them even if that person doesn’t own a copy of the game.

P.T. Horrifies – A new “Playable Teaser” was mentioned and also was made available right then and there on PSN for people to download and try. We later found out that this “demo” is for a new Silent Hill game from Hideo Kojima, Guillermo Del Toro, and stars Norman Reedus. All I know is that it’s way too scary for me.

Snake? SNAKE?! SNAKE!!! – Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain was up next and we got a whole new look at the trademark cardboard box. Yes, it can now be used in many odd but hilarious sorts of ways including attracting guards with a bikini clad model on the front, using a picture of a soldier to distract guards, or just using the box as a decoy. Yeah, I don’t know either.

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Until Dawn – All of Sony’s teasing leading up to Gamescom was for this game. Originally announced a couple years back at a PS Move title for the PlayStation 3, the team at Supermassive Games went back to the drawing board and reworked the title for the PS4 instead. Until Dawn is a horror games where you take control of eight friends who arrive at a mountain resort for a getaway. Unfortunately for them, there’s a killer on the loose and you’ll need to help them survive the night.

Tearaway Unfolded – The former Vita exclusive is being brought to the PS4 by the folks at Media Molecule. The game is essentially the same as it was on Vita just reconfigured to work on a Dualshock 4 controller. Media Molecule has also confirmed a few new features will also make their way into the PS4 version. If you missed the well recieved title on Vita, then this is a great opportunity.

WiLD – A great and surprising ending to the show came from Michel Ancel as he debuted a new game he’s working on outside of Ubisoft with Wild Sheep Studios. It’s got a great look to it and will be an open world title. Ancel promises that the world is about the size of Europe, complete with different climates and that you can take control of pretty much anything (animal, human, etc). Outside of that, I really don’t know what the focus will be for the title but I am intrigued.

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