Instead of doing a traditional and more general E3 prediction post as I’ve done in years past, I figured it’d be more fun to take a deep dive in various topics this time. Sony is on the E3 clock now. Here’s what I think you can expect to see. Click here to catch up on previous posts.
Like Nintendo, Sony also finds itself in a tougher than expected spot for 2015. Sure, the PlayStation 4 is still the leader this generation, but their major AAA title from Naughty Dog, Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End, was recently delayed into next year. With a slate that’s already somewhat devoid of first party titles this year, fans are looking to their E3 press conference hopeful that Sony has a few tricks up their sleeve. With a very strong stable of indie titles on the platform, it’s time to unleash the big guns.
Even though Sony is in a comfortable position of leading the way, now is not the time for a victory lap especially with a 2015 release schedule that’s full of holes. It’ll be interesting to see how/if Sony is able to plug the gaps with first party content not named Uncharted.
Here are my predictions for the Sony press conference this year…
Uncharted Collection – Rumors have been swirling that an Uncharted franchise collection is on the way and with Uncharted 4 now gone from the release calendar, it certainly would fill a hole. With Remastered Editions and Collections of past games being all the rage this generation, packaging the three Uncharted games together doesn’t seem so far fetched.
God of War III Remastered – Already announced and due out this summer. I’d be surprised if Sony didn’t touch on it in more detail.
Uncharted 4 Gameplay – Even though the game was delayed into 2016, it’s still one of Sony’s major AAA titles. Naughty Dog has had a habit with showing off their upcoming games during Sony’s press conference so I wouldn’t think that to be any different with Uncharted 4. As such, we should be seeing another decent helping of gameplay.
No Man’s Sky – Considering that this ambitious title from Hello Games is a PlayStation 4 timed exclusive, don’t be surprised to see at least a new trailer. My guess is that actual gameplay will be shown off live.
Entertainment Section – Sony has caught a case of Microsoft lately with their E3 presentations. After a strong opening last year, Sony unintentionally killed their momentum by talking about non-gaming things like original TV shows, and other entertainment aspects. I wouldn’t be surprised to see another chunk of time devoted to non-gaming aspects of the PlayStation 4 and Vita.
Vita Exclusive? – This one’s a bit tricky. I’d imagine Sony has some software on the way for Vita as they continue to say that the handheld is important to them. I’m sure there will be a few announcements but gamers should tend to take those with a grain of sand. Remember when BioShock Infinite was announced by Ken Levine for the Vita? Yeah, that ultimately never happened.
Next God of War – What a perfect opportunity to segue from GoW3 Remastered into a brand new game in the franchise. It’s too perfect not to do, right?
Want something even crazier? It’ll be out Holiday 2015.
Project Morpheus Reveal – VR is a big deal for Sony and so is it’s own VR headset known as Project Morpheus. With the Oculus Rift set to release in 2016, there’s a window of opportunity for Sony to release first. How far along is Morpheus? Maybe we’ll get a better picture of the device and what it can do at E3.
Guerrilla Games IP – Word on the street is that Guerrilla Games is working on a new PS4 game and it’s not set in the Killzone franchise. With Shadow Fall having been released a couple years back at this point, the studio has been cranking away on this new title ever since. Perhaps it’s time to see what they’ve been working on.
Ratchet & Clank – It’s been a while since we’ve seen these two on a PlayStation platform. With work all wrapped up on the Xbox One exclusive, Sunset Overdrive, perhaps a true entry in the Ratchet & Clank franchise is on the way from Insomniac.
Ultra Longshot Predictions
The Last Guardian – Hey, one of these years I’ll be correct, right? …Right?
Gran Turismo 7 – Sony’s flagship racing series has a tendency to take it’s time, so while I have no doubts that it’s being developed by Polyphony Digital, there’s no telling when the reveal will be coming.
Return of Resistance – While former developer, Insomniac, has walked away from the franchise, it’s entirely possible that Sony moved the IP to a different studio. Who knows, maybe the guys at Guerrilla are the new home for Resistance. As a experienced shooter development studio, the fit makes a lot of sense.