Sony’s E3 conferences usually lack focus. Not this year – it was all about giving gamers what they wanted. To wit: The Last Guardian, a remake of Final Fantasy VII and the launch of the Shenmue III Kickstarter. Guerrilla Games’ new IP – Horizon: Zero Dawn – went down a treat too, as did No Man’s Sky. There’s still no release date for Hello Games’ sci-fi opus, mind.
The Last Guardian has been missing since E3 2009, so it’s easy to understand why this revival prompted plenty of cheers from the crowd. It’s now destined for PS4, and Ico and Shadow of the Colossus director Fumito Ueda is still at the helm now from his own studio – genDesign. Behold the lovable dog/bird hybrid in all its majesty:
Whereas The Last Guardian is an outright PS4-exclusive, Final Fantasy VII Remake is simply heading to PS4 first. The trailer revealed no gameplay footage or a release date, sadly, but we can rest assured that it’s in safe hands. More information is expected during the Square-Enix conference later today. FF VII wasn’t the only game in the series on show – the chibi-style World of Final Fantasy is heading to PS4 and Vita. There’s a trailer over at IGN.
Street Fighter V is, of course, still exclusive to PS4. That’s set to see the return of Cammy and Birdie. The public beta starts 23rd June, providing you’ve pre-ordered.
When it comes to Shenmue III, we have one small question – why isn’t Sony funding this themselves? The Kickstarter, which launched during Sony’s E3 showing, asks for $2m which is a hefty amount by KS standards but a drop in the ocean compared today’s colossal game budgets. It’s only destined for PS4 and PC too, so it’s not as if Sony will be funding development of something that could potentially end up on a rival system.
Turns out Yu Suzuki doesn’t need Sony’s help after all. Currently the Kickstarter is at $1,912,709 and it’s more than likely that the target will be broken by the end of today. Screenshots, artwork and a promotional video can all be found here.
As for new games, Guerrilla’s Horizon: Zero Dawn impressed. It’s an action RPG with a female lead, set in a future where civilisation has been wiped out and nature has taken back the land. Huge robotic beasts now roam around, posing a deadly threat to the red haired lead – a tribal warrior armed with primitive technology. It’s looking incredibly promising:
Indie title Firewatch isn’t a PS4-exclusive per say – it’s also heading to PC, Mac and Linux – but the PS4 will be the debut console. It’s a first-person adventure with strong narrative, telling the story of a camping adventure gone awry. The trailer was but a bite sized morsel, intended to leave all those who watch eager for more. We’re sold.
In addition to the PS4 conversion of Tearaway, Media Molecule is working on a creation game in which the DualShock controller is used to generate dream-like landscapes. Details are thin on the ground at the moment. Looks like it could be a mini-game maker similar to LittleBigPlanet though.
A few multi-format games took presence at Sony’s conference too, including Call of Duty: Black Ops III and a first look at Destiny’s next add-on – The Taken King. Incidentally, The Taken King is now showing on Xbox.com in the form of a £74.99 collector’s pack which includes Destiny and the first two expansions. Expect a similar package on PSN in due course.
Assassin’s Creed: Syndicate – which will have PS4 exclusive missions – Star Wars: Battlefront and Disney Infinity 3.0 were also shown, leaving Uncharted 4 to end the show in style with incredibly different demo to what we’ve seen before. Set in a ramshackle town, it involved a shoot out in a colourful fruit market that ends with Nathan and his cohort making a daring escape from heavily armed thugs along rooftops. A car chase then ensues, leaving us with a cliffhanger.
Roll on 2016.