At E3 2015, Sony launched a ton of long-awaited games for PlayStation fans, as well as a major third-party partnership. Here’s what happened:
The Last Guardian returns
The Last Guardian, the long-delayed adventure game, is back after been shown off during the conference.
Developed by Team Ico, the game was first announced in 2009 as a PlayStation 3 with a scheduled 2011 launch. The Last Guardian has been in development since 2007.
Horizon: Zero Dawn introduced
Guerrilla Games showed off Horizon: Zero Dawn, a post-apocalypse game features a war between man and machine, with cybernetic wildlife roaming against humans. Gameplay showed a young woman fighting mechanical beats with a bow and arrow, as well as using enemy weapons against her foes.
“As Horizon: Zero Dawn’s main protagonist Aloy, a skilled hunter, explore a vibrant and lush world inhabited by mysterious mechanized creatures. Embark on a compelling, emotional journey and unravel mysteries of tribal societies, ancient artifacts, and advanced technologies that will determine the fate of this planet, and of life itself.”
-The game’s fact sheet
The Amsterdam-based studio is best known for the PlayStation-exclusive Killzone series.
Street Fighter 5 adds Birdie, Cammy, beta
Capcom revealed new fighters Cammy and Birdie and a beta program for Street Fighter 5.
Cammy has been a longstanding cast member, while Birdie last appeared in Street Fighter Alpha 3 and appeared in the original Street Fighter.
Cammy is similar to her previous incarnations with fast, short range attacks while Birdie has a longer range than he did in Alpha 3 and uses his chains to cover more screen real estate.
The game’s beta will be open to anyone that pre-orders, according to Capcom’s director of marketing Matt Dahlgren, and will run in three phases for PlayStation 4. The first will last for five days starting on July 23. PC players will also be able to test the game before release, according to Dahlgren.
Capcom plans to ship Street Fighter 5 next spring.
Hitman’s next game is simply Hitman
Hitman has returned with its next game titled Hitman, according to publisher Square Enix and developer IO Interactive.
The game was announced a trailer foreshadowing a global banking conspiracy and Agent 47, training in seclusion, being welcomed back into service.
Hitman will have a console and PC release followed by “a digital release that will invite gamers to an ever expanding world,” according to Sony.
Dreams lets you create with DualShock 4
Dreams is Media Molecule’s next game with a focus on creating your own characters and environments.
Moving the controller allows you to “paint” in the world, allowing you to create the game’s characters and world. You can grab objects and put a new world together in a few moments, and then animate your characters using the DualShock 4’s motion controls.
You can create a game, play, music, or a performance, according to Sony.
Destiny: The Taken King launching September 15th
Destiny’s next expansion is The Taken King, which will launch on September 15th, according to developer Bungie.
The Taken King continues the game’s arrangement between Sony and publisher Activision to deliver exclusive content to PlayStation platforms.
The amount of PlayStation-exclusive content in the DLC is similar to the amount in the Destiny base game, The Dark Below, and House of Wolves. All current PlayStation-exclusive content will remain exclusive until the fall. Xbox players won’t get The Taken King’s exclusives until at least next fall, according to the game’s website.
Taken King players on PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4 will be treated to the Echo Chamber exclusive Vex strike, Jade Rabbit exotic scout rifle, and one set of armor for each of Destiny’s three classes. They’ll also get the exclusive Sector 618 Crucible map.
The Taken King launches September 15th on PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360, and Xbox One for $39.99.
Final Fantasy 7 remake coming to PlayStation 4
Square Enix’s classic Final Fantasy 7 role-playing game will be remade for PlayStation 4, according to Sony.
Yoshinori Kitase will produce the title, according to a Square Enix trailer, and Tetsuya Nomura will direct.
The Final Fantasy 7 remake will come first to PS4, according to PlayStation VP of publisher and developer relations Adam Boyes.
No Man’s Sky
No Man’s Sky, Hello Games’ open-universe exploration game, made a cameo during a live gameplay demonstration given by the game’s creator Sean Murray.
Murray showed many refinements to the title.
“We will announce the release date soon. I promise.”
-Sean Murray, No Man’s Sky creator
During the demonstration, Murray teleported across the game’s universe, passing by thousands of stars to reach a tiny planet.
“Every one of these points of light is a sun, and every one of these suns has a solar system with planets orbiting around it. And those have life, ecology. Most of these place[s] have never been visited. Many of them never will be.”
Along the way, he passed through a battle between capital ships in orbit. You could clearly see enemy fighters launching from their carriers through multiple side ports.
“I could join in. I could take sides.”
When Murray finally entered the atmosphere of his target planet with a shimmer of super-heated plasma, the game’s HUD notified him of its’ oxygen and other gasses’ levels. Already, he was gathering planetary information that he hoped to upload at a surface beacon.
Murray also showed how resources were collected on the surface. With a handheld mining laser, he took aim and destroyed parts of a nearby rock outcropping, with its pieces flying towards him to be collected.
“Every planet in every solar system is fully destructible.”
No Man’s Sky’s Windows and PlayStation 4 versions will be launched simultaneously, according to Murray.
“We were actually going to announce a release date at E3 2015, but for reasons we can’t. We’ll announce a release date soon, and when we do, it will be for PC and PS4 simultaneously.”
Yu Suzuki, creator of Sega classics like Shenmue, has launched a Kickstarter campaign for Shenmue 3. Sony is also contributing to the title’s development, according to Sony director of third party production development Gio Corsi.
Sony first met with Suzuki at the 2014 Game Developers Conference to get the process started, agreeing to launch a Kickstarter campaign with a $2 million goal to gauge the fan interest in the game.
“If the fans come in and back it, then absolutely we’re going to make this a reality.”
-Gio Corsi, Sony director of third-party production development
Shenmue 3 was the most-requested title in the Third-Party Production team’s Building the List initiative, which allows people to suggest games for Sony to bring to PlayStation
“Sony and PlayStation is definitely a partner in this game. And it’s going [to] be run through Third-Party Production. We’re going to help Ys Net get the game done. We’re going to be partners on it the whole way.”
The $29 backer tier offers a copy of Shenmue 3 on either Windows or PS4. The project has already exceeded its $2 million goal with $3.6 million raised with 21 days left in its month-long campaign.
11 chapters make up the full Shenmue story, which will return with Shenmue 3.
“There are a total of 11 chapters that make up the whole [Shenmue] story.
“Over the last 14 years, I originally planned for there to four or five games to the series. If at all possible, I would still like to realize the full story of 11 chapters.”
Shenmue, which launched for the Dreamcast in 2000, was considered as the saga’s first chapter. The second chapter was delivered in a manga set between it and 2001’s Shenmue 2, which was released for the Dreamcast and Xbox. Shenmue 2 fits in chapters three-five, so Shenmue 3 will start with chapter six.
“I will say this: if we reach the $5 mil[lion] mark, one of the things I really want to do with Shenmue 3 will become a reality. At $10 million, it will truly have the features of an open world.”
-Yu Suzuki, to Redditors
World of Final Fantasy trailer unveiled
Sony has revealed a trailer for World of Final Fantasy¸ which shows off the game’s deformed art style, with adorable versions of familiar Final Fantasy monsters.
World of Final Fantasy will launch on the PS4 and Vita in 2016.
Firewatch making console debut on PS4
The console version of Firewatch, Campo Santo’s adventure game, will come first to PS4, according to Sony.
The game is also coming to Linux, Mac, and Windows.