It’s that time of year again, when the industry does its ritual of announcing the next installments of your favorite annual franchises, showing off “pre-alpha footage” that ends up being better than the final game, and dragging people onboard the hype train that is the Electronic Entertainment Expo. Regardless, it’s still an exciting time for developers and fans alike, and I always look forward to the news that comes.
As a continuation from last year, Sony is going into E3 2015 leading in console sales. There’s a lot of potential for games and content coming to the PlayStation 4, but how they are presented here is key. Last year, it felt like Sony was overconfident and that was reflected in their lackluster E3 showing. Hopefully, they don’t do the same song and dance, as there is quite a bit to look forward to.
Expect To See
As PlayStation’s current indie darling (and rightly so), I expect we’ll see some more of Hello Games’ No Man’s Sky. The game is still visually stunning after its reveal last year, and the tech behind its randomly-generated worlds is amazing. Things have been relatively quiet, so I’m sure we’ll be getting a release window announcement this year.
It sucks, but according to Square Enix, new gameplay for Final Fantasy XV will have to wait to be shown until Gamescom in August. They are nice enough to grace us with a new trailer though, because we all know there’s nothing more exciting at E3 than a pre-rendered trailer. The plus side is that we’ll hopefully get a better glimpse at the game’s story, but FFXV’s lack of presence is still pretty disappointing.
Since the game’s announcement, we’ve only gotten a taste of Street Fighter V’s content. Ryu, Chun-Li, Charlie, and M. Bison are confirmed characters, and a nighttime street stage is confirmed as well. E3 seems like the right time for Capcom to show off some new stuff, and what better place than during the console exclusive’s press conference.
We already know Journey’s on its way to the PlayStation 4 this summer, so it makes sense to hammer down a specific release date at E3. However, there’s one approach that I think would be really cool. Last year during the Sony press conference, the indie game Entwined was shown off. As a surprise, the game was made available to download after the show. I think it would be cool to do something similar with Journey, especially since it’s already been established as an excellent game (which was a disadvantage that Entwined had).
Much like how Microsoft has its Call of Duty showing, Sony has Assassin’s Creed. At least as far back as Revelations, Ubisoft always has something to show at Sony’s press conference. This time around, Syndicate has some formula changes that look promising, but the sting of Unity is still lingering. As is the case with the majority of Ubisoft’s E3 showings, don’t believe the hype. Wait until closer to release to get a better view, or you may get another Watch_Dogs.
As to be expected with one of Sony’s heavy hitters, I would be surprised if Naughty Dog had nothing to show for their next Uncharted title. Not much is known about the game, except that Naughty Dog is attempting to hit 1080p/60fps. Considering their technical prowess with games like The Last Of Us on the PlayStation 3, I believe they could do it. If they have anything to show, this E3 would be an excellent time.
Hope To See
It’s sad that we won’t be getting any new gameplay footage for Final Fantasy XV at E3 2015, but there’s always the other action-oriented RPG being made by Square Enix. It’s been two whole years since we’ve heard anything about Kingdom Hearts 3, so it would be nice for some information to come to light so we can assume the game isn’t canceled. Considering that Square Enix has their own conference this year, It’s safe to assume that something will be shown. Whether or not it’s here first remains to be seen.
With news of the Oculus Rift officially hitting the market in Q1 2016, it seems timely for Sony to show off more of their VR headset Project Morpheus. One big advantage that the Morpheus will have over the Rift is the system requirements. The Rift recommends some top-of-the-line stuff, including a GTX 970 graphics card, Intel i5-4590 CPU, 8 GBs of RAM, and 2x USB 3.0 ports. If the Morpheus works as a console equivalent (at least to some extent) it has an installed user base of over 20 million potential customers. As much as I’m a fan of the Vita and the PlayStation TV, Morpheus needs to be the hardware highlight of the show.
This one seems obvious. Persona 5 is still on track to release in both Japan and North America in 2015, and according to recent financials from parent company Sega, it won’t be released until after September. This timing seems perfect for a big showing of Persona 5, localized or not, and a release date announcement. Still, I haven’t followed Atlus long enough to know if they are the kind of company to showcase their games this way, so we’ll have to wait and see.
Don’t get me wrong, every part of the PlayStation Experience at E3 has its place, but one thing I could do without (or less of at the very least) is Sony’s original programming. It definitely has its place, as evident by the Powers series getting approved for a second season. However, it was the low point of Sony’s E3 2014 press conference. The show was already plateauing, but having someone come on stage at a place where you expect to see games to talk about how cool his show is going to be sucked the air out of the room. I’d like E3 to focus more on the games, but that might just be a fantasy.
E3 2015 will be held in the Los Angeles Convention Center from June 16th-18th. The pre-show press conferences will be held between June 14th at 7PM PDT and June 16th at 10 AM PDT. You can check out the full conference schedule below to see when you’d want to tune in. The AMD PC Gaming Show will be on June 16th from 5 PM to 8 PM PDT in case you’d want to (or have time to) catch it.