Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Sony at E3: from 'Horizon: Zero Dawn' to 'No Man's Sky'

Sony has surprised audiences at its E3 event by revealing a full-blown Final Fantasy VII remake, the new Call of Duty and The Last Guardian gameplay. It has also announced a seriously lengthy list of games other than those three, including a title for it upcoming VR headset and ones that feature PS4-exclusive content. Check 'em all out below the fold!

The Last Guardian

Yep, The Last Guardian is still a go, after spending years in limbo. Sony showed off a PS4 gameplay footage at E3, featuring a toga-clad boy and his gigantic dog-bird beast, as they explore some ancient ruins. If all goes well this time around (cross your fingers if you've been waiting for the title), the game will hit shelves next year.

Horizon Zero Dawn
Killzone's developer, Guerilla Games, has revealed a new IP at the Sony event called Horizon: Zero Dawn. It's a post-apocalyptic game that pits you (playing a skilled hunter equipped with a bow and arrow) against gigantic robotic animals in the wild.

Hitman
Square Enix-owned development company, IO Interactive, has revealed the new entry in the Hitman franchise simply called, well, Hitman. It will be available in several platforms when it comes out sometime in 2016, but PS4 users will get exclusive access to six contracts for Agent 47 to fulfill.

Street Fighter V
This PC and PS4 exclusive revives the characters Birdie, who has retained his mohawk but has grown a hefty beer belly, and Cammy, whose one-piece leotard looks as skimpy as ever. PS4 users who pre-order the game can get beta access once it launches in July, but the game itself will come out sometime next year.

No Man's Sky
This ambitious sci-fi game by a team of British developers, Hello Games, was revealed at last year's E3. This time, the team has demoed its interplanetary warping capabilities, with the promise of "a release date soon."

Dreams
Media Molecule, the studio behind Little Big Planet, has introduced a rather surreal IP called Dreams. Everything in the game is textured, sometimes eerie, and always dream-like. It lets you animate your characters via performance capture, and it gives you the power to remix other people's "dreams."

Firewatch
This is a first-person adventure game by indie studio Campo Santo that follows the story of a volunteer fire lookout, as he solves mysterious happenings in the Wyoming woods. It will debut on the PS4, though it will eventually be available on Windows, Mac and Linux.

Destiny
The Taken King is Destiny's new expansion, where you'll have to fight King Oryx and his army of darkness. It will arrive on September 15th and will come with PS4-exclusive content.

Assassin’s Creed Syndicate
Syndicate, which was also announced at Ubisoft's E3 bonanza, will come bundled with "The Dreadful Crimes" -- a set of exclusive missions for the PS4.

World of Final Fantasy
This is quite different from the Final Fantasy you're used to -- everything's cute and tiny! The game will be available for PS4 and PS Vita in 2016.

Final Fantasy VII
Fan favorite FFVII is getting a legit remake for PS4 (and possibly for PC, too), with updated graphics to take advantage of the new console's capabilities. Square Enix hasn't revealed the important details yet (release date, please!), but you can watch the teaser trailer.

Devolver games
American publisher Devolver Digital has announced four 2D games during the event: Eitr and Mother Russia Bleeds for PS4 as well as Ronin and Crossing Souls for PS4 and PS Vita.

Shenmue III
Developer Yu Suzuki launched a KickStarter campaign for Shenmue III, which has already raised over half (as of this writing) of its lofty $2 million goal. If the action RPG set in China manages to meet its goal, the game will ship out in December 2017 for PS4 and PC.

Batman: Arkham Knight
"This is how it happened. This is how the Batman died," a voiceover said in the video for this Arkham series finale. The game will come out on June 23rd, 2015 for various platforms, but PS4 users will get exclusive access to Scarecrow-related missions.

Rigs
There are apparently over 30 games for Project Morpheus already in the works, and one of those is Guerilla Cambridge's Rigs. It's a multiplayer, first-person shooter controlled using the company's upcoming VR headset.

Call of Duty: Black Ops III
Activision and Treyarch have changed allegiances, giving Sony the right to announce the new Call of Duty game and giving PS4 users first access to DLCs. CoD news used to be revealed during Microsoft events, and Xbox gamers had always been first to get its DLCs. Its creators said PlayStation is Call of Duty's new home, so expect to hear future developments at Sony's events.

Disney Infinity 3.0
The new Disney Infinity focuses on the Star Wars universe, bringing toys based on the characters' likeness to life. PS4 gamers get exclusive access to a Starter Pack, including the character Boba Fett, and early access to some content when it launches this fall.

Star Wars Battlefront
This multiplayer shooter game features split-screen co-op and lets you play as various characters from the franchise, including Luke and Darth Vader. It's slated to come out in November, with a free DLC arriving in December 2015.

Uncharted 4: A Thief's End
Uncharted 4 is the much-delayed PlayStation-exclusive sequel to the Sony-Naughty Dog franchise. The action-adventure game is scheduled to hit digital and brick-and-mortar shelves in spring 2016.

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