E3 is a magical time of year for any gamer and for the gaming community. Leaks, reveals, announcements, release dates, disappointment at the lack of Bloodborne 2… it truly is an emotional rollercoaster that we’re all desperate to embark on. On May 11th Chairman of Sony Interactive Entertainment Worldwide, Shaun Lawden, took to the Playstation Blog to unveil the gaming giant’s E3 2018 plans. Here’s a little ‘Incase You Missed It’:
Join us on Monday, June 11 starting at 6:00pm Pacific Time as we share a preview of what’s next for PlayStation. We’ll broadcast the show live from E3 2018 in Los Angeles, California via live.playstation.com, Twitch, YouTube, and Facebook.
In a rare break from tradition, we wanted to give you an early glimpse at what to expect heading into the Showcase on June 11. PlayStation’s Worldwide Studios will be at E3 in full force to provide you with an exclusive look at four upcoming titles: Death Stranding from Kojima Productions, Ghost of Tsushima from Sucker Punch, Marvel’s Spider-Man from Insomniac Games, and The Last of Us Part II from Naughty Dog.
Of course, we’ll have stellar announcements from third-party publishers and independent developers, who are all busy devising innovative new experiences that will make your heart race and your emotions soar — whether you’re playing on PS4, PS4 Pro, or PS VR.
That’s a lot of details, is it purposefully revealing to build hype among certain fanbases? Or is it purposefully trying to set lowered expectations after a temperate PSX showing?
In 2017, at their fan focused Playstation Experience event, Sony doubled down on developer interviews and discussion rather than revealing anything new. For the fans attending it resulted in a brilliant show that really built connections between people and the brand, for viewers at home it was an interesting but ultimately boring event with a few fascinating developments details.
E3 could be another event that is brilliant for those in attendance and underwhelming for those at home and Sony could be trying to circumvent that potential fanboy rage as quickly as possible. It still has all the pieces in place to be a great show. The Last of Us II will be incredible, Spider-Man looks marvelous, Ghost of Tsushima is stunning and Death Stranding has the all conquering Kojima stamp on quality. Add in the usual expected announcements, Call of Duty, Destiny and potentially Red Dead Redemption 2 coupled with some Indie and VR reveals and the show could easily pass expectations.
However, for this fan, Sony is missing the mark this time round. Here’s why:
- The Last of Us II will be incredible, we don’t need to be shown too much – Part of what made The Last of Us so brilliant is that it kept all of its cards close to its chest. Most people barely knew what the actual game was about and when they played it it was a totally fresh experience. The Last of Us II already suffers from a lack of mystery due to it being a sequel but if Sony reveal too much of it then they’ll remove any or all of the intrigue from the full release. Part of what made PS4 Exclusive ‘God of War’ so special recently was the lack of information on the game. The more of The Last of Us II we see, the more it loses this feature.
- We’ve seen loads of Spider-Man already – Recently Game Informer had a really massive featured focus on Marvel’s Spider-Man. They had new gameplay, a ton of details on features and playable characters and were even able to reveal the release date. Fans appreciated this, it’s great to know that a product is looking quality when it’s an already established IP. Does it differentiate itself from past disappointments while also protecting key aspects of the brand? Yes. Does the gameplay look fun? Yep. Do the graphics impress? God yes. Do we need to know much more before the September release? Absolutely not.
- Ghost of Tsushima – Honestly looks amazing. From the incredibly talented Sucker Punch, developers of Sly Cooper and Infamous, two series that I absolutely love, this game is in the perfect position to impress. However, how close is it to release? With the amount of AAA exclusive games in the PS4’s upcoming list right now, GoT doesn’t fit in anytime soon. Showing off too much too early will frustrate the gaming community and build a narrative that the game is either in development hell or suffering from extensive delays when in fact it was just shown too early. I can’t wait to get my hands on this one day, but I know it’s relatively far away and I’m happy to know it exists without needing too many details.
- Death Stranding – Hideo Kojima is a true artist. An absolute genius. He also likes to take his sweet old time. We’ve had a few story trailers for this game, all in engine to just prove that Kojima loves to make his games look as breathtakingly real as possible on whatever hardware he has access to. Of course the Horizon Zero Dawn Decima engine contributes to this. But like Ghost, we don’t actually know when this game is coming. It could be years away still, being shown too much will garner expectations and frustrate gamers as they have to wait.
- The Ultimate Issue – Announcing too early has plagued Sony in my opinion. Imagine if the Death Stranding reveal was saved for this E3? They could have announced Kojima was working on a game two years ago then saved the official reveal until now. It would have stolen the show if gameplay was included. Instead by the time this game actually releases it’ll feel like its been around forever. Instead of these long gestation periods Sony should look to learn from other developers. Nintendo unveiled Super Mario Odyssey and released it in the same year. Ubisoft did similar with Assassin’s Creed: Origins. Bethesda with Fallout 4. These announcements shocked and amazed rather than leaving gamers disappointed as they have to wait literally years and years to play games that they’ve bought a Playstation 4 for. Knowing incredible games are en route is brilliant, what tops this is being able to play incredible games ASAP. The stars of the show at every E3 in recent memory have been the shocks. When Nintendo revealed Metroid Prime 4, when Sony showed off Bloodborne, when Microsoft revealed the Halo CG trailer, these moments we don’t expect really elevate conferences to legendary status. I fear that without any surprises the Sony conference won’t have one of these moments and that will let people, like myself down.
There you have it folks, the exact reasons I think this year’s Sony E3 Press conference is going to miss the mark. Sony have set an incredibly high standard for themselves with consistent huge reveals and not having any is going to be an upset for a lot of people. It also basically confirms we are getting closer and closer to the PS5. At the end of the day though it leaves me with one vital question:
Where the fuck is Ubisoft’s Wild?
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