Dreams do come true
This year, Sony's conference was all about revival. So many projects that seemed impossible or too good to be true have all been brought back to life on the PS4. When you see The Last Guardian - a game that had been a no-show at E3 for years - as Sony's opener, you know you're in for a barrage of reveals, and that's just what we got today. A Final Fantasy 7 remake and a potential ending to the Shenmue saga round out solid showings from No Man's Sky and Guerilla's new project Horizon. I'm still trying to catch my breath here.
If you missed the show, don't worry - because we've got you covered. We've summarized all the good bits of the show and distilled everything you need to know about Sony's E3 2015 conference. Press on to the following slides to find out how dreams really do come true.
Sony opens the show with The Last Guardian
HOLY SHIT IT'S ALIVE. Sony opened their press conference with PS4 gameplay footage of the long-awaited, assumed-cancelled, probably-in-our-heads-the-whole-time The Last Guardian. The footage opens on a young boy as he wanders through an ancient ruin. He looks back, calls out in an unknown language, and out of an archway pops a massive feathered beast. He summons the beast over to a distant platform, and then makes a leap across the giant chasm, and almost misses - but the beast is there to grab him as he falls. The boy moves a giant weight across a rickety platform, which (as these things go) crumbles underneath him. He makes a jump, and just barely grabs onto the beast's tail. After some close shaves, the two finally make it to the end of the platform. The demo ends with the two looking confidently at each other, a fade to black, and single date: 2016.
Guerilla debuts Horizon: Zero Dawn, and it looks like a techno Monster Hunter
This new title from Guerilla games takes place long after our modern civilization has come and gone. Skyscrapers decay, then disappear, and the Earth becomes wild again. But humans aren't dead - they've just gone back to their nomadic ways, and have achieved a symbiosis with nature and technology. The gameplay demo shows a young woman skulking through dense foliage, toting her compound bow, and hunting down creatures that appear to be as much machine as they are organic. A massive robo-dino stampedes on the scene, and the woman uses her bow and a variety of ammo (like one that lets you shoot ropes onto the beast to keep it pinned to the ground) to take the beast down.
New Hitman game coming, is called Hitman
Just a CGI trailer here, but there's a new Hitman coming. It's called Hitman, and you'll probably, I dunno, cook breakfast for people? Probably not. Anyway, there's a beta coming first to PlayStation, and 6 contract missions that are exclusive to PlayStation.
New characters and an online beta coming for Street Fighter 5
Two new characters were revealed for Capcom's latest brawler, Street Fighter 5. First up is the ever-popular Cammy, a series mainstay since Super Street Fighter 2. Also announced was the lesser-known Street Fighter Alpha combatant Birdie. These two will join up with Ryu and the rest of the cast when Street Fighter 5 launches in spring 2016, though you might not have to wait as long as you'd think to get a chance to play it. Sony and Capcom are rolling out a series of online betas, and the first phase is coming exclusively to PlayStation 4. Starting on July 23rd, PS4 players who pre-order the game in North America will be able to take part in a five-day stress test of the online servers.
Sean Murray actually shows us how No Man's Sky plays
A live demo helmed by Hello Games' Sean Murray actually showed us how No Man's Sky will play when it finally comes out. It opens on a dogfight between two rival factions, and you could either engage or avoid combat if you wish. He then pulls back to show the galaxy. Every single light is a sun, and every sun has planets orbiting them, with their own ecology. The brightest light is the center of the galaxy, and it's the ultimate goal for players of No Man's Sky. He then warped to a random planet - a planet he's never visited before. A quick scan shows no alien life around him on land, but after destroying some trees (and gaining their resources) a few giant mechs started to hunt him down. Beacons are strewn about each planet that allow you to upload your discoveries. No release date yet, but it's looking killer.
Media Molecule unveils Dreams, a game that lets you build surreal yet lucid creations
The studio behind LittleBigPlanet showed off a brief glimpse of their next project, called Dreams. In it, you can create living, three-dimensional drawings by manipulating various in-game tools with the PS4 controller's built-in motion sensor. These can become entire animated scenes, like a surreal claymation. We're not sure what the 'game' part of Dreams is exactly, but as a creative suite for building trippy visions, it looks interesting.
Firewatch is making its console debut on PS4
Firewatch looks super cool. You're a forest ranger out doing jobs in the wilderness, until you find that someone has holed themselves inside your tower. Your only human contact is the woman on the other end of your walkie-talkie. The first game from Campo Santo will make its console debut on PS4.
Destiny gets a new expansion called The Taken King
Coming September 15th, The Taken King gives Destiny new gear, new maps, and new supers.
Assassin's Creed: Syndicate finally shows off what Evie can do
Coverage around Assassin's Creed: Syndicate has felt a little bit male-centric, but it's finally Evie's turn to shine. With her cane sword and throwing knives, Evie is just as brutal. You'll get to solve mysteries around England, and the PS4 is getting exclusive criminal missions.
World of Final Fantasy brings the cuteness
OH MY GOD SO CUTE. Play as tiny versions of classic Final Fantasy characters. It's coming exclusively to PS4 and Vita in 2016.
Final Fantasy 7 is getting a goddamn remake
Well, you've finally done it. Final Fantasy 7 is getting a goddamn remake, coming first to PS4. And they said miracles don't happen.
Devolver debuts new indies on PS4
Devolver continues to bring the indie fury to PS4, and this time, it's with the hyper-violent Mother Russia Bleeds and the more contemplative EITR. Mother Russia Bleeds looks like an M-rated Streets of Rage-inspired beat-em-up, filled with pig masks, gimp suits, and point-blank revolver executions. EITR, on the other hand, looks much creepier - a top-down action-RPG with a real sense of Dark Souls-ian dread.
Shenmue 3 coming to Kickstarter
Sweet Jesus. Yu Suzuki wants to direct a new Shenmue, and Sony gave him a global platform to advertise a Kickstarter to save Shenmue. Want that closure you've so desperately longed for? Visit bit.ly/saveshenmue and put your money where your mouth is.
Sony reminds you that Batman: Arkham Knight is a thing that exists by showing off some Scarecrow missions
Sony showed off a few minutes of the upcoming Batman: Arkham Knight, putting us in the shoes of Officer Owens (first person view!), someone who's about to have the worst night of his life, as he's just been blasted in the face with some of Scarecrow's magic creepy dust. These missions are coming exclusively to PS4, and will be out in just over a week.
Morpheus will support four players, launching eSports with RIGS
Andrew House mentioned some of the potential behind Sony's new VR headset, and said that you'll be able to play games with friends on the same console with Morpheus. Plus, Guerilla Cambridge is working on an eSports title exclusively for Morpheus called RIGS.
Playstation Vue launches in San Francisco and LA, PS Plus users get a reduced rate
Sony's streaming TV service will hitting California soon, and starting in July, will actually let you subscribe to individual channels a la carte. And PS Plus users will get a reduced rate on subscriptions.
PS4 will be the first console to get Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 map packs
It seemed weird that Microsoft didn't show off Call of Duty - I mean, they do every year. But this year, they were conspicuously absent. That's because they showed Black Ops 3 at Sony's show, and brought along some new four-player gameplay. Futuristic weapons, boosting, wall-running - looks like once you go jetpack, you don't go back. The battlefield in Black Ops 3 looks much more open than previous games, filled with controllable weapons and destructible environments. PlayStation is also the official home of Call of Duty, getting first access to map packs, as well as a multiplayer Beta in August.
Disney Infinity 3.0 to get several Star Wars playsets
Two different Star Wars Playsets are coming to Disney Infinity: Twilight of the Empire (the prequel trilogy), and Rise Against the Empire (the good trilogy). Twilight is coming first, with Rise coming out a month later - unless you buy a special PS4 exclusive bundle which includes Rise Against the Empire a month earlier than any other console. The PS4 bundle also comes with an exclusive Boba Fett figure.
Star Wars Battlefront getting a horde mode
Star Wars Battlefront is getting a horde mode, where you'll be able to team up with some friends and fend off waves of troops as you defend points while Admiral Ackbar barks orders at you. Or if you're looking for some alone time, you can play it solo as well.
Uncharted 4 closes an impressive show - but not without a few hiccups
After a slight delay and quick restart, an impressive demo of Uncharted 4 reminds us just how long the wait until next March really is. Drake and Sully unbar a door that opens on a busy street market, but after turning a few corners, they find themselves in the middle of a hectic gunfight. It looks like the Uncharted that you know and love, but fidelity has been amped up considerably. Dust clouds kick up, wood splinters and gives way, and tiles crack as gunfire pierces through Drake's precious cover. Drake and Sully then find a jeep and try to use it escape an armored truck - but not without hitting every fruit cart and fence along the way.The chase eventually leads them across a courtyard and down a winding road into a construction zone. A quick detour puts them back on track - and right back on the warpath of the armored truck. Drake takes the jeep over rooftops, across a junkyard, down into some aqueducts and out past the city limits. Drake takes drastic measures and pulls out a grappling hook. He's about to hit a wall and then - that's it for Sony folks! What a show!