What should you expect from Sony’s media briefing and related announcements at next week’s E3 show? We’re here to help! Here’s what you need to know to be prepared.
What we know
The company has said its 2015 first-party lineup will be “sparse,” with a few projects like God of War III Remastered and Until Dawn floating around. There’s Tearaway Unfolded, the PS4 port of the Vita’s last big release, and it’s possible that The Tomorrow Children shows up this year as well. Still, if you’re looking for Uncharted 4, Gran Turismo 7, the Ratchet & Clank reboot or even Hot Shots Golf, sorry: those aren’t on track for the fall. What is on track for the fall is Uncharted: The Nathan Drake Collection, which was announced last week after a (likely accidental) leak on the PSN storefront. If Sony wants to ride out the year on remasters, Tearaway, Uncharted and God of War could do that.
What we think we know
It may have been a slip-up to call the Vita a “legacy platform” in the West, but still: don’t expect anything other than a port or small-team project to show up on that system from Sony itself from here on out. It could be a big year for the Morpheus headset, as Sony’s entry in the VR market has the backing and polish to hit the ground running and gain an advantage over the technical prowess of PC rivals like Oculus. Even in less “sparse” years, a portion of the show has been devoted to indie games, and you shouldn’t expect that to change. (Exactly who those indie teams will be, though, is unclear.) Also: don’t be surprised to see No Man’s Sky again. Sony’s going to keep giving that stage time until you stop being excited about it.
What we want to know
Looking at this schedule, there’s bound to be some sort of large project in the works at Sony, and it’ll get announced this year even if it’s not ready until 2017. What could it be? Is it possibly the non-Killzone IP long in the works at Guerrilla Games? Or whatever Media Molecule has been tinkering with since before the PS4’s launch? Also… The Last Guardian. We’re just going to type that out and leave it there, even though we’ve given up on expecting anything to happen with that project. Is Deep Down still a thing? It is, right?
Our Microsoft roundup is here. Check back Friday for a look at the third of the Big Three, Nintendo.