On June 15th, starting at 6 PM Pacific time, we’ll know what Sony has in store for us in the upcoming months. Today I’ll examine what we might see and who is likely to walk on PlayStation’s blue-tinted stage.
Keep in mind that what you’ll read below doesn’t come from any kind of insider knowledge. It’s just a mix of what is publicly available, what has been rumored, and a bit of logic sprinkled here and there. And yes, there might be some wishful thinking as well.
Naughty Dog is obviously going to take front and center stage at the conference. Despite the fact that Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End has been shifted to next spring, this is its last E3. An extensive gameplay demo is pretty much a given, and maybe even a look at the multiplayer.
We’re probably also going to see the first actual gameplay of Uncharted: The Nathan Drake Collection, which received only a teaser so far.
Recently, we discovered a new PS4 Model with a bigger one terabyte hard disk. That’s also likely to get introduced during the press conference alongside its 500 gigabytes little sister. Whether that will also be accompanied by a price cut, it’s anyone’s guess.
The reduction in power consumption and weight might indicate that Sony managed to reduce production costs as well, and that could allow them to cut the price while preserving per-unit profitability.
The PS Vita seems to be getting a small internal revision. While it won’t warrant a new model, it could indicate cost reduction efforts for Sony’s portable as well, and the Vita is actually more overdue for a price cut than the PS4. An announcement of a price cut is possible here as well.
Sony Santa Monica might show some more of God of War 3: Remastered. We know that they’re working on a new God of War, but Director Cory Barlog previously mentioned that this E3 was too early to show something. That said, Barlog can be a bit of a jester, so we can’t completely exclude at least a teaser about the game, especially now that the cat is out of the bag.
The Last Guardian has been rumored pretty much a million times before, and the rumors have come back this year as well. That said, Sony has kept mentioning that the game is still in the works, and its re-reval is long overdue. At the cost of jinxing it, I would say that the possibility of that happening (of course on PS4) on Monday is solid, unless Sony wants to keep it for Tokyo Game Show.
Sony’s Japan Studio didn’t release much in terms of games developed on its own lately, so it’s very possible that we’ll hear something new from them besides The Last Guardian. Team Gravity is a likely candidate, with the Gravity Rush sequel/successor teased at Tokyo Game Show 2013.
Project Morpheus is most probably going to take a sizable slice of the two hour-long conference. We’re probably going to see a few of the projects that have been in the works at Sony’s London Studio, and I expect the reveal of the headset’s release window and price.
Sony San Diego will possibly be present with its trio of free to play games, Drawn to Death (which is an external collaboration with David Jaffe’s team), Guns Up! and Kill Strain. That said, all three games have been shown extensively already, so they might get little stage time. Release date announcements are probable.
Driveclub will most probably get an announcement related to the PlayStation Plus edition, and it could be one of those little “available now” surprises. We might also hear about new content coming beyond the season pass, or a second season pass.
Guerrilla Games has been keeping very quiet about its upcoming project, which is rumored to be an open world RPG code named Horizons. I definitely expect the reveal to happen on Monday, probably with a different, final name. Yesterday they opened a new Twitter account, and that means that they have something to say.
Guerrilla Cambridge has been working on a “High Profile, Multi-Million Selling Franchise” on PS4, and we might hear something about that at Sony’s conference. My guess is that they have taken up the challenge of a new mainline Killzone game.
Media Molecule just announced the release date of Tearaway Unfolded, so I don’t expect to see much about it at the conference. On the other hand, I do expect them to finally reveal their new creativity-based game, which was teased back at the debut conference for the PS4, and is long overdue.
Sony Bend also has a mysterious game in development. We know very little about it, even if probably it won’t be a new Syphon Filter. We do know that it’s being developer in Unreal Engine 4, and we might get to hear or see more about it on Monday.
Sucker Punch has been working on a new PS4 open world third person action adventure. While we have no way to know, everything we heard so far seems to indicate a new inFAMOUS. Considering that the Seattle-based studio normally works only on one game at a time, it’s unlikely that the new one has been in the works for much more than a year.
This means that it could be too early for a full reveal, but we might get a teaser, or at least a confirmation or denial on the nature of the game.
Gran Turismo 7 might or might not appear. Director Kazunori Yamauchi mentioned that we won’t have to wait until 2017 for a new installment of the game, but I personally feel that we’re going to hear about it at Paris Games Week in October. That said, we might get a small teaser.
We’re possibly going to hear from Quantic Dream as well. Like others, they managed to keep their upcoming PS4 exclusive closely under wraps, but lately there have been signals that they’re ready to spill the beans. Either it’ll happen at E3 or at Paris Games Week in October.
Looking at third parties, we’re most probably going to see an appearance of Persona 5, possibly with a western release date attached. Level-5 is also due to announce its new PS4 game, and while I know many would love to see a new Dark Cloud, my hope rests on something leaning a bit more towards an adult target (visually). The house of Youkai Watch can definitely stand to diversify its portfolio a little bit.
We might see some additional gameplay from big third party publishers whether or not they have their own conference. Some of them have (or seem to have) marketing deals with Sony, and will probably appear on stage. I expect Electronic Arts with Star Wars: Battlefront, Ubisoft with Assassin’s Creed Syndicate, and Activision with the new expansion for Destiny.
An appearance of Call of Duty: Black Ops III is up in the air. Whether it’ll appear at Sony’s conference or Microsoft’s will probably answer who Activision stroke a deal with this year.
We’re close to the 5th anniversary of the launch of PlayStation Plus, and the subscription service has become one of the biggest revenue sources for Sony Computer Entertainment, so I do expect some relevant announcement on that front as well.
We’re definitely going to witness quite a few indie developers walking the stage, probably led by Sony’s darling No Man’s Sky, the folks at Hello Games have been a bit on the silent side lately, and I expect them to break it on Monday.
To close the games, a few localization announcements or spotlights may come. Publishers like Bandai Namco, Koei Tecmo, XSEED Games, NIS America, Atus and more have been very active in localizing their Japanese games, which are primarily focused on PlayStation Platforms. It’s quite likely that some of them are going to make their way up to Sony’s stage.