When one thinks of the word “Sony” in regards to E3, the holy triumvirate of once thought to be impossible announcements will surely come to mind: Final Fantasy VII remake, The Last Guardian ain’t dead, and Shenmue III. Emotions were high, expectations were surpassed, and tears were shed. 2015 was one of Sony’s best E3 presentations ever, possibly one of the best showings at the trade show in the history of the event. Are they even going to top it this year? Or are they going to address the Neo-shaped elephant in the room, along with game announcement after game announcement?
Crash Bandicoot returns! – Ryan
In the past year, there have been many clues to suggest that our favourite bandicoot could be returning to the PlayStation. From Sony’s Shawn Layden wearing a T-shirt of Crash during last year’s PSX conference to PlayStation’s Middle East Twitter account posting a wanted poster on Twitter featuring the bandicoot, Sony have been keen to tease us with iconic character and it’s getting to a stage that it will be pretty cruel if it were to amount to nothing. A certain easter egg in Uncharted 4 has only stoked the fires of rumours. If we do get confirmation, we’ll need clarification of whether this will a remake or a reboot and whether Naughty Dog will once again take the helm of a series that put the studio in the spotlight.
Hunger Gets a Full Reveal and Release Date -Jason
Announced in 2014 with a follow up teaser trailer early last year, Tarsier Studios gave us an appetite for a terrifying new game called Hunger. While we were not given many details, a synopsis on Tarsiers Studio’s site explains, “A nine-year old girl named Six is kidnapped from her home and taken to work in The Maw – a surreal underwater resort catering to the whims of the powerful elite. When an unexpected twist of fate offers her a chance at freedom, Six takes a journey through the bizarre and unpredictable world of The Maw, and catches a glimpse at the corrupt heart of modern happiness.” This setting has me very excited, as it has many similarities to Bioshock, which is one my favorite games. As of right now, Hunger is slated to be a PS4 exclusive, but has no release date. This year’s Playstation conference would be a great time to reintroduce Hunger with a final release date, as Sony loves to showcase upcoming indie games during their conferences.
Sony Announces a Bloody Roar Reboot – Tyla
Sony has always been a platform associated with fighting game culture, and what better way to continue that culture, than to bring back Bloody Roar? Bloody Roar first appeared in 1997 on the PS1 and featured a colourful cast of characters.The unique thing about this game was, at the press of a button, your character transformed into a beast,which had its own unique moveset.Many Bloody Roar fans had their hearts broken back in 2011, when a hoax Bloody Roar 5 announcement appeared online. Since Killer Instinct has gone on to garner such success, I don’t see any reason why Sony couldn’t bring this title back. The fighting game market has certainly changed over the last couple of years, making these types of games more accessible and Bloody Roar would fit right in.
Rockstar’s Next Major Project Will Be There; 2017 Release Date- Liam
Sony and Rockstar have a great relationship. Grand Theft Auto III and Vice City were both launched as exclusive titles to the PS2, and helped usher a console that would sell upwards of 100 million units. Rockstar has continued to deliver not just for the sake of multiplatform titles, but specifically for Sony. Their games ran well on the intricate hardware of the PS3, a generation that saw many 3rd party titles plagued with significant problems on the home console. I predict that whatever Rockstar has to show will be at Sony’s press conference. A new Bully and Manhunt game seem too small for Rockstar, and Max Payne isn’t the “new IP,” Take-Two has been teasing will be revealed. The Agent may finally rise from development purgatory, as it’s never been officially cancelled, or we may see an entirely new IP come from Rockstar, which may be met with even greater applause. Either way, don’t expect to see it until after April 2017 (per a Take-Two earnings call a few weeks back.)
A Brand New, Exclusive IP By Platinum Games Will Be Shown – Toby
Whilst Platinum’s reputation has tarnished somewhat in the eyes of many after the release of the new Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles game, they’re involvement in a game’s development still turns heads. Nintendo have used Platinum to great effect with The Wonderful 101 and Bayonetta 2, whilst Microsoft have the exclusive Scalebound from the renowned action-developers. I think it’s Sony’s turn. It’s hard to call what Platinum will make, but I think they are creating a PS4 (or Neo) exclusive for Sony. Whatever it will be, you better believe it will be bonkers, exciting and very, very fun. I’d imagine a trailer without a release date though, as Platinum developed titles seem to take quite a long time.
God of War Reboot Is Revealed – Brett
A few weeks ago there were alleged screenshots of the newest God of War around the internet involving Norse mythology. It’s been a few years since the last God of War and there have been talks to bring the series back, whether it be a full reboot or a new storyline with new gods and characters. I don’t think a new God of War would involve Kratos but you never know. I’d also like to see if the PS4 can add anything to make the series fresh again in terms of gameplay. I’d love to see a faster and slicker God of War like a lot of action games these days. The later games in the series looked exceptional on PS3 and a new game on PS4 would certainly be jaw dropping.
There you have it, just a few of our predictions for Sony’s PlayStation E3 press conference. It’s sure to be an exciting one, so what are your thoughts? Any additional predictions you would add? Let us know in the comments below!