updated 01:30 am EDT, Tue June 10, 2014
Exclusive games, indie titles, and franchise favorites all covered at press briefing
During Sony's two-hour press conference at the Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3), the company introduced a long list of titles that are coming to the PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3 and the PS Vita. Ranging from AAA titles and franchise exclusives to the console, to Playstation-first indie games, the company came out swinging with its offerings.
Sony CEO and President of Sony Computer Entertainment of America Jack Tretton was the first presenter on stage at E3, dropping some new information on Bungie's Destiny after a story trailer. While the trailer gave a little bit of background information, not much new was added for the title. However, details on a PlayStation 4 first beta, and a white console were announced. Beta will begin on July 17 for Destiny, with a more widespread alpha arriving this week. A special white bundle of the console with Destiny will be released on September 9, the same day the game releases. Destiny will see a special map, a strike on Mars and some armor exclusive to the console.
A number of new and expanded intellectual properties (IP) were shown off. The Order: 1886 showed some in-game footage of an interaction with one of its monsters. A standalone downloadable content for Infamous called First Light will be released in 2014. However, it won't require ownership of Infamous: Second Son to play it. From Software's Project Beast was given a real name with Bloodborne. Bloodborne features a dark world full of undead creatures that a shadowy character must hunt. It is set for a 2015 release.
The largest IP announced in detail was the next Little Big Planet game for the PlayStation 4. Sackboy gets some new friends, with different abilities, in Little Big Planet 3 to add emphasis to teamwork on the co-op game. New characters include the wall-hopping Oddsock, the flying Swoop and the size-changing Toggle. Players will also be able to play on the 8.7 million levels created between the first two games on day one.
A number of smaller games, including console-first indie games, were covered during the presentation. Vice President of Publisher and Developer Relations Adam Boyes covered many of them in a large section of the event. Devolver Digital is bringing a number of games to the PlayStation 4, including Broforce, Titan Souls, Hotline Miami 2, Not a Hero and The Talos Principle. Paradox Interactive currently has all of its studios working on titles for the PlayStation 4. Magicka 2 will be the first game to arrive.
Suda 51 is bringing a new stylized action-horror game exclusively to the console called Let It Die. 505 Studios and Giant Squid, a company that features the art director of Journey, will be bringing an underwater exploration game exclusive to the PlayStation 4 called Abzu. A sleeper announcement made by Sony brings a favorite Tim Schafer game, Grim Fandango, to the PlayStation 4 and Vita after nearly 15 years.
Exclusive content, including The Hulk, is coming to the PlayStation 4 with Disney Infinity 2, thanks to a special partnership with Disney. A new love story between a fish and a bird called Entwined is available now for $10 on the PlayStation 4. Cross-buy for the PlayStation 3 and Vita come at a later date. The game was made with college students fresh out of programs from San Jose State University and Carnegie Mellon's Entertainment Technology Center. The Last of Us Remastered was announced to be released in July. Diablo III will also contain special The Last of Us content, including clickers when it comes to the PlayStation 4 in August.
Trailers for Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain, >Grand Theft Auto V, Dead Island 2 and Mortal Kombat X were teased during the event. The trailer for Metal Gear Solid offered a stylized cinematic look at the game. Mortal Kombat X showed off gameplay footage that kept its brutality, but didn't seem too far off from the CGI announcement trailer. Grand Theft Auto V was announced as coming to the PlayStation 4 in the fall of this year. Dead Island 2 showed off a teaser that offered nothing in the way of any game details.
Some larger pieces were shown off for a number of games including Batman: Arkham Knights, Far Cry 4 and No Man's Sky. Batman: Arkham Knights showcased the technical achievements of the game as it showed off seamless transitions and high levels of detail. Batman was shown flying around the city and firing a canon from a Batmobile that transformed into a tank before being interrupted by Scarecrow.
Far Cry 4 showed off some more of its graphics, but also a feature that is coming exclusive to the PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 3: Owners of the game will be able to invite their friends to a co-op, even if the friend doesn't own a copy. No Man's Sky will bring its open universe and planet exploring to PlayStation 4 first. Sean Murray of Happy Games came on stage to say that each player will start on a different planet, making each player's experience different. The game will feature procedural environments that approaches on "infinite" possibilities, according to Murray.
Tretton announced that the company is making a commitment to free-to-play games for the PlayStation 4. Twenty-five titles will come to the console including Kingdom Under Fire II, Planetside 2, Guns Up, Loadout and Fat Princess.
A new commitment was made to the Vita platform with the announcement of the PlayStation TV. Over a 100 games are currently in development for the handheld, including Tales of Hearts R, Child of Light, Tales from the Borderlands and Minecraft.
Moving away from gaming a little, Sony drifted into television and film territory by announcing a media series called Powers and a Ratchet & Clank movie. Powers, based on the comic by Brian Michael Bendis and Michael Avon Oeming, was greenlit with an expected release of December. PlayStation Plus subscribers will be able to watch the series for free. The Ratchet & Clank animated film is set for the first half of 2015. Sony will use the opportunity to release a "reimagined" version of the game.
The show closed with a look at the first next-gen title from the Uncharted series. After going through a number of problems at Naughty Dog, a small teaser of the game was presented. Drake appears older than the events of the last Uncharted game, but promises to Sully help out "one last time." Uncharted 4: A Thief's End will be released for the PlayStation 4 in 2015. The game features the most realistic-looking Drake to date.