Sony unveils new exclusive Panopticon

Sony Japan has unveiled a new game called Panopticon, and the first trailer is live now on the Sony Japan website. The site also promises a full reveal of the game on 21 May, but aside from that details are scarce. No platform has been specified, and the trailer is all CG so it could be PS3, PS4 or Vita.

The trailer shows off an Orwellian future society where human beings appear to be constantly data monitored and watched. That fits with the name of the game, as a Panopticon is a building designed to let a select group watch other inhabitants without being seen. Think 'the Big Brother house'. Later on in the trailer--in what seems to be a flash-forward--we see anime-style heroes battling it out with a giant monster.

Given that the reveal is on 21 May, it could be a PS4 spoiler for Microsoft's next Xbox announcement. Alternatively, and perhaps more likely, it's the big new PS Vita game that was mentioned last week by Sony Europe's senior business developer, Shahid Kamal Ahmad via Twitter. Panopticon's teaser does suggest co-op creature-smashing, so it could well be a substitute Monster Hunter game to help boost sales of the handheld in Japan.

More details on Panopticon are due next Tuesday. For now, here is the teaser trailer.

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  • sxh967 - May 18, 2013 11:26 a.m.

    I really don't like the new layout of this website. It's so hard to find news and having to click the "more" button just takes forever. The old website was much better this one is just shit. I'm sorry I know someone somewhere probably spent days or weeks working on this new website, but I think it's shit in comparison to the old one. Like they say... if it 'aint broke don't fix it! I used to come to GR everyday for my gaming news but this new design has really put me off and I only come here maybe once a week now. I'll get my gaming news from IGN, Gametrailers or Gamespot now instead of GR which is a shame because I used to love GR. I say you should change the site back to how it was before - simply and easy is always best.
  • Squander - May 18, 2013 4:14 a.m.

    has a digital devil saga-vibe
  • bobob101 - May 17, 2013 1:16 p.m.

    I know this is unlikely, but if Sony is trying to use this to hurt Microsoft and the NextBox, it can be only one thing: Final Fantasy! While the trailer is so different from anything FF before, it is definitely a possibility.
  • sxh967 - May 18, 2013 11:28 a.m.

    Nah. Where's the Squeenix logo? It's definitely not a final fantasy game. They wouldn't spend all that time working on that new luminous engine to then make a game like this.
  • taokaka - May 17, 2013 5:05 a.m.

    What's wrong with me? I was really excited for this until the giant monsters showed up and started fighting, aren't they meant to make me excited. Nevertheless I'm still somewhat interested to see more of panopticon.
  • Drekner - May 16, 2013 1:15 p.m.

    The numbers over their heads and the eye masks (eyes basically) honestly make me think of Death Note.
  • winner2 - May 16, 2013 8:44 p.m.

    Exactly what I was thinking but I couldn't remember the name of that show.
  • winner2 - May 16, 2013 12:07 p.m.

    I'm curious to see gameplay and how that dragon encounter relates to the rest of the video.
  • GR_AndyHartup - May 17, 2013 1:09 a.m.

    Well, the way the trailer flashes back to that baby with the number over its head (after the dragon fight) suggests that the dragon fight is either in the future or in some kind of alternate reality. Or maybe it's a crazy gameshow like The Running Man.
  • SanosukeEiji - May 16, 2013 10:47 a.m.

    It looks more like a chinese God Eater clone IMHO
  • BladedFalcon - May 16, 2013 9:51 a.m.

    Well, this looks pretty damn sweet! definitely looking forward to see more! Unfortunately for me, the graphics seem to indicate that it will most definitely be a Vita game. Shame because I'd like to play it without having to buy a Vita, but then again, I guess it's GOOD since it means Sony might be trying to push harder with the system.
  • sxh967 - May 16, 2013 12:36 p.m.

    I hope it is a vita game - then I'll feel like slightly less of an idiot for shelling out 25,000 yen for it last last christmas :P
  • sxh967 - May 16, 2013 12:40 p.m.

    Actually no I want it to be on PS4 because I want those to be the actual visuals! I don't think the Vita is capable of these graphics but the PS4 could probably just about pull it off (if we can get games like Uncharted on PS3 this should be doable on PS4 right?)
  • F4G1TR0N - May 16, 2013 9:10 a.m.

    Japan Studio seems to be synonymous with pretty great games, patapon, soul sacrifice, demon souls. Hopefully this game follows suit
  • Cyberninja - May 16, 2013 8:34 a.m.

    Looks cool, also the substitute monster hunter was soul sacrifice which sold well but not monster hunter levels
  • axemahn - May 16, 2013 8:34 a.m.

    Why reveal this on the 21st?
  • Cyberninja - May 16, 2013 8:56 a.m.

    to instakill Nextbox hype in Japan
  • Corsair89 - May 16, 2013 8:13 a.m.

    Okay Sony, you got me. I want this.
  • GR_RyanTaljonick - May 16, 2013 8:59 a.m.

    Saaaaame. I just hope it's not a MH clone.

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