GameSentral Rewind 108: PSX 2016

This is a special edition of the GameSentral Rewind, focusing on PlayStation Experience 2016.

Marvel v. Capcom Infinite

Capcom has announced Marvel vs. Capcom Infinite, a new entry in the esteemed fighting franchise, is coming in 2017.

The game’s debut trailer showcased a handful of characters from each camp, including series mainstays Ryu, Mega Man X, Iron Man, and Marvel vs. Capcom newcomer Captain Marvel. Captain America is also confirmed to return.

Infinite will feature 2v2 battles, breaking away from the series’ traditional 3v3 format. Capcom promises a cinematic story mode, along with a “variety of accessible single player modes, including Training, Mission, and Arcade modes.”

According to the PlayStation Blog, the Infinite title comes from Marvel’s Infinity Stones.

Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3 is also available now digitally on PS4 in the PlayStation Store.

Marvel vs. Capcom Infinite will launch on PlayStation 4, Windows, and Xbox One in “late 2017.”

Destiny December update brings back Sparrow racing

Bungie will release a new update for Destiny: Rise of Iron later this month that brings back the Sparrow Racing League event alongside a host of other activities, according to Activision.

The Dawning update will bring back last year’s event with new sparrows and tracks, according to Bungie. The update will also add the requisite new weapons and gear, as well as decorative items, like masks, shaders, and emblems.

The Dawning will also introduce Strike scoring, giving longtime Destiny players something to do while revisiting old Strikes.

Bungie also revealed the return of the fan-favorite exotic Icebreaker sniper rifle for year three of Destiny.

The Dawning comes to Destiny: Rise of Iron Dec. 13.

Wipeout: Omega Collection

Futuristic racing series Wipeout returns next summer on PlayStation 4 with Wipeout: Omega Collection, which appears to be a remastered anthology of the series.

The Wipeout series spans nine games, most recently being 2012’s Wipeout 2048 for PlayStation Vita. Omega Collection looks to combine Wipeout HD, which launched for the PS3 in 2008; Wipeout HD Fury, a 2009 expansion; and the aforementioned 2048.

Uncharted: The Lost Legacy coming

A nearly six-minute cold open for PlayStation Experience looked a lot like the next Tomb Raider game – until it wasn’t.

In the video, a woman in a hijab navigates a tense situation involving a distrustful military and dangerous adversaries and at the end, she’s revealed to be Chloe Frazier, who was introduced in Unhcarted 2: Among Thieves. She’ll be teaming up with Nadine Ross from Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End.

Knack 2

Knack 2 is coming to PlayStation 4.

The sequel to the platforming beat ‘em will add a big dose of cooperative multiplayer, according to the above trailer.

The Last of Us: Part II

Sony revealed The Last of Us: Part II with a trailer that concluded the event.

The trailer begins with a shot of the woods before cutting to the Naughty Dog logo. From there, we see Ellie playing a character. Joel walks into the house she’s in that’s filled with dead bodies as she plays and sings a song. Joel asks her if she intends to go ahead with her plan. With blood dripping from her face, she vows to kill “every last one of them.”

According to Sony Computer Entertainment America CEO Shawn Layden, the game is early in development and running on an updated version of the studio’s engine.

According to Naughty Dog, you play as Ellie. That’ll give you a “different” playing experience, according to creative director Neil Druckmann.

While the first was about the love between Joel and Ellie, according to Druckmann. Part II is the “counter” about “hate and how we use all of those same things to make the player feel that.”

The game takes place a few years after the first game, when Ellie’s 19 years old.

Druckmann acknowledged worries among fans that creating a sequel diminishes the poignancy of the first game’s ending and the journey its main characters went through.

“So much thought went into this and I know there’s a lot of people that feel this trepidation about coming back to these characters and revisiting what that ending means and worrying whether that’s going to spoil the first game.

“You have to understand we feel all those things as well. No one loves these characters and revisiting what that ending means and worrying whether that’s going to spoil the first game.”

“You have to understand we feel all those things as well. No one loves these characters more than we do and we would not do this if we didn’t feel like we had the right idea. The ‘Part II’ is really doubling down on that to say we believe in this so much. We’re not trying to avoid it.”

-Neil Druckmann, The Last of Us: Part II creative director

According to Druckmann, Naughty Dog is treading the two games as companions that together, depict an overarching narrative.

“I played with so many ideas that had different characters and it never felt right. The Last of Us is about these two characters specifically. So yes, the Part II is saying this is a complementary story to the first game, but the two together are going to tell this larger tale.

“All I ask is that fans of the first one put faith in us and trust us. We’re going to do right by you.”

-Neil Druckmann

Druckmann also confirmed that Gustavo Santaolalla, the first game’s composer, will return for Part II.

Parappa, Crash Bandicoot getting remastered

Crash Bandicoot is getting a HD upgrade that bundles together classic games from the series, and Parappa is getting a visual upgrade for its PS4 re-release.

The Crash Bandicoot N-Sane Trilogy will feature the biggest Crash games with updated visuals. It’s slated to launch next year.

Parappa the Rapper also has a demo available now on PSN.

In addition, Loco Roco and Patapon are also getting visual upgrades and will be available on PS4 in 2017.

Akuma is Street Fighter 5’s next character

Akuma will join Street Fighter 5 in 2017. A new season pass for the game will also be available to preorder. It will give purchasers access to him and five other new characters.

Akuma underwent a small visual transformation since appearing in Street Fighter 4, now sporting a longer hairstyle while still wearing his traditional blue Gi. Classic modes such as his air fireball return, but his dive kick now has an EX version that begins with a somersault that does damage if it connects with the enemy.

As for super modes, he has both his Raging Demon and a version of Misogi, a move that comes back from Capcom vs. SNK 2.

The gameplay video ended with an overview of the second season pass and included silhouettes of the next batch of DLC characters in the background.

Lara Croft GO comes to PS4, Vita

Lara Croft GO is available now on PlayStation 4 & PlayStation Vita.

The previously mobile-only title was developed by Square Enix Montreal, who made previous mobile-to-console jumpers Hitman GO and Deus Ex GO. Lara Croft retains the classic Tomb Raider looks, while layering the synchronous movement puzzles that the series is known for.

Resident Evil 7

A “massive” update for Resident Evil 7’s demo is out now on PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 4 Pro.

On the PS4 Pro, virtual reality with PlayStation VR is supported. Sony calls that version “batsh** scary.”

Resident Evil 7 is also getting a “Banned Footage” DLC pack that will launch first on PS4.

MLB The Show 17

Sony released a new trailer for MLB The Show 17 that showed off cover star Ken Griffey Jr. and confirmed that the Boston Red Sox’s outfield victory dances will be in the game. There’ll also be a “retro mode” with classic graphics.

Let It Die

Grasshopper Manufacture’s Let It Die action brawler is available now on PlayStation 4 for free.

The game is directed by Goichi Suda, and the trailer shown off during PSX featured a number of crazy, over-the-top characters, including a skateboarding Mexican grim reaper.

Enemies in Let It Die will use other players’ data, making it an asynchronous online game. Players can take a defeated enemy’s weapons and clothes to customize their own character.

Death Stranding

Kojima Productions is collaborating with Guerrila Games (developers of Horizon: Zero Dawn) on Death Stranding and will employ Guerilla’s Decima engine.

The news was shared during a Death Stranding panel.

“Unfortunately, Kojima-san needed to leave his technology with his former employer. So we went on a quest to find an engine for his game.”

-Mark Cerny, PlayStation chief architect

Kojima ultimately settled on Decima, which powers all of Guerrilla’s games. According to Guerilla managing director Hermen Hulst, it’s taken a “quantum leap” forward in the past few years to get it ready for this project. Kojima “had a very good feeling” about Guerrilla after meeting with the team.

Female characters will be in the game, although Kojima didn’t elaborate. He also shared that Mads Mikkelsen will play the game’s antagonist. Additionally, a limited-edition vinyl will be released featuring the music from the E3 trailer, as well as the track featured in a special version of the second trailer shown during the panel.

Ni No Kuni 2

Ni No Kuni 2: Revenant Kingdom will launch for PS4 in 2017, according to Sony.

Just like the first game, Ni No Kuni 2 is developed by Level-5. However, animated movie powerhouse Studio Ghibli isn’t involved.

The game follows Evan, a boy king who must adventure through a kingdom engulfed in darkness. Evan must prove himself to be a worthy monarch and is joined on his quest by Roland, a visitor from another world. A number of other characters will also tag along for the adventure and the trailer offers a glimpse at that colorful cast.

Windjammers

Neo Geo flying disc game Windjammers is coming to PlayStation 4 and PlayStation Vita, according to Sony.

This is part of the “building the list” initiative that takes PlayStation fan suggestions and turns them into reality, according to Sony Interactive Entertainment America senior director of third part production.

The remake will add online multiplayer when it launches in early 2017.

Ys Origin

DotEmu will bring Ys Origin to PS4 and Vita with “brand-new features while keeping true to the original spirit of the series.” The game will be translated into English, Japanese, French, Italian, German, and Spanish.

Danganronpa V3: Killing Harmony

Danganronpa V3: Killing Harmony was also confirmed during the briefing, launching in 2017 for PS4 and Vita.

Nier Automata

Nier Automata was also confirmed to launch Mar. 17, alongside a $60 Day One edition of the game with reversible box art and digital goodies. A $190 “Black Box” edition was also announced with a YoRHa figurine, a hardback 64-page artbook, the soundtrack, and all the content from the day one edition. Finally, a demo is coming “soon,” according to Sony, though a release data wasn’t announced.

Yakuza Kiwami

Yakuza Kiwami is being remade for PS4 in 2017, and will have new graphics, audio, and a number of quality of life improvements, among other new features. Yakuza 6 was also confirmed for the west during the show.

Nex Machina

Sony announced Nex Machina, the next game from Housemarque and designer Eugence Jarvis. According to Housemarque, the game “focuses on pure arcade action, voxel destruction, and competition.”

Games of Glory

Independent developer Lightbulb Crew announced top-down shooter Games of Glory for PS4.

According to the developer, “players must work together in fast-paced 5v5 or 3v3 matches using a combination of free-aiming shooter mechanics, close combat controls, and unique character skills to defeat the opposing team.”

The free-to-play game is also coming to Windows, and is slated to launch in early 2017.

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