E3 2015 Predictions: PlayStation

PlayStation E3 Predictions
I took a little break from doing prediction posts, as they were quite long and tiring (like my…. actually nevermind), but with a week until E3 it is time to get going again.

So far I have given predictions for Bethesda, Microsoft, EA and Ubisoft, and Kat has done her predictions for Nintendo (because I don’t know them as well as she does). All are linked there, so if you want to check them out, do. Sony is the next conference on the list taking place on Monday the 15th of June at 6pm PT, with Square Enix and the PC Gaming Show predictions coming over the next few days.

Despite Sony’s PlayStation 4 being the fastest selling console of all time, people haven’t been too impressed with their exclusive lineup thus far. Sony Computer Entertainment Andrew House called 2015 “a year of investment”, and admitted that Sony’s first-party lineup is “a little sparse”. However, the release of Bloodborne definitely did help stave off the starvation, as it was a masterpiece of a game, and no doubt Sony have a few surprises lined up for E3. While 2015 may be a “little sparse”, I do feel that 2016 will be fantastic for PlayStation owners, as they seem to have a lot of titles planned over the course of the year.

Uncharted:

When you think of big Sony IP’s, Uncharted rolls off your tongue before you can even think about it, and what we have seen from Uncharted 4 thus far shows that it will very likely live up to the high expectations of fans.

Uncharted 4 is set three years after the third game. A more weathered Nathan Drake is now a retired fortune hunter who has settled down into a normal life, eating potato chips and watching re-runs of friends. However it doesn’t last long as Nathans brother Sam (voiced by the fantastic Troy Baker), who was presumed dead, pops up asking for help to uncover the secrets of a lost pirate colony. And what did pirates love even more than rum and the high seas? Treasure! And the colony is said to provide a lot of it.

We have already seen gameplay (which you can watch in the video below) and know it is going to release sometime in the earlier months of 2016. I expect that we will see some more gameplay at E3, as well as get a more specific release date.

That is not the only thing Uncharted on the way though, as earlier in the week it was announced that Uncharted: The Nathan Drake Collection was also on the way to PS4, with a release date of October 9th, 2015. I expect we will see some of this at E3 also.

No Man’s Sky:

Developed by indie UK studio Hello Games, No Man’s Sky has garnered quite a bit of hype, and we have seen quite a bit so far. While I have it down as one of my 5 biggest disappointment predictions (which as already claimed two victims in Evolve and The Order: 1886) there definitely is huge potential in this game.

Every time I have seen this game my spine tingles, however my brain had to step in. I just don’t see it working over a long period of time because what they have shown thus far says there is little to do outside explore. Graphically, it looks stunning, not in the way of super realistic polygon precision, but in beauty akin to Journey (albeit a different style). If the procedurally generated universe comes out as planned, it will be a huge technical achievement for the studio too.

I also can guarantee that the soundtrack will be amazing. At the PlayStation Experience conference late last year, 65DaysOfStatic came on stage and played Debutante. After that I have fallen in love with the band to the point where there is unlikely a day where I don’t listen to them. Hell, I have been listening to them as I write this article. Their style is the perfect fit for a game such as No Man’s Sky, and if you are a coder or writer I recommend you throw them on in the background as I do.

Maybe I am just a cynical bastard, but I really hope they show that there is more than just exploration to the game, because as I said there is huge potential for something like this. I really want to give this the time it deserves, but if I am bored two or three hours in it will be tough for me to do that, especially as someone who quickly moves from one game to the next without second thought. Regardless of that, I am very excited to see more.

I expect them to show further gameplay at E3, as well as an official release date for later this year. I also expect that they will announce Project Morpheus support (whenever that is coming out) as this would be the perfect game to showcase Sony’s VR tech.

Until Dawn:

Developed by Supermassive Games, Until Dawn is Sony’s biggest announced exclusive yet to come out this year. We know that it is due to release on the 25th of August 2015, and it is tough to see Sony not promoting their game at E3.

Until Dawn is a teen slasher flick turned game, where the choices you make have a profound impact on the story and ending. Eight teens spend a night in a log cabin on the anniversary of their friends disappearance, and as logic dictates from every horror movie ever made, a crazed serial killer is on the loose and out to kill every one of you.

While there isn’t much to it gameplay wise, which is quite similar to that of Telltale’s point and click games, the choices you make are key thanks to the system they call “The Butterfly Effect.” This s where your actions at one point in time could have drastic consequences later. The game is quite short, about 9 hours overall, but it is designed to be replayable because of how varied the game ends up.

What intrigues me most is the fact that it is possible to keep all eight characters alive, or let every one of them die, which really shows what lengths they have gone to in order to keep it varied and interesting every playthrough. Also, to stop you from going back and changing any decisions you dislike, the game enforces strict auto-save’s, meaning that you will either have to finish the game, or start all over again if you are unhappy with something.

At first I was rather skeptical about this game, but the more I hear the more interested I become, and am looking forward to seeing how it plays out. I do think there will be a lot of corny dialog, but if there isn’t I would be a little disappointed as what else would you expect from a teen slasher flick?

I expect that they will show more gameplay similar to that below, and maybe announce a bundle.

Gran Turismo 7:

GT is possibly the most distinguished racing franchise of all time. It’s what really begun the craze for modern simulation circuit racers, and is the biggest competition to Xbox’s Forza games who kinda have taken over the shop. That is mostly because Forza releases on a more regular basis, as quality wise they are pretty similar.

We know Gran Turismo 7 is in the works and is scheduled for release sometime in 2015/2016 (I am thinking early 2016). Outside that, we haven’t seen or heard much, but at the same time we know what to expect at this stage.

I think this E3 is where we will be getting our first look at it. I don’t think we will be getting any in-depth look at the gameplay just yet and think that will be saved for an event like The PlayStation Experience later in the year, but I do think we will get a short gameplay trailer. I also think they will give a general release date for sometime late 2016.

Deep Down:

Deep Down is scheduled currently for 2015, but I am unsure if it will actually come out this year. This is because Kazunori Sugiura stated in an interview earlier this year that the game has expanded quite a bit since the 2013 announcement to appeal more to long term players, and undergone some big changes.

The game is a dungeon crawler which looks very similar to that of the Souls series. However, it is set in 2094 New York, which is quite strange.  Using magical artifacts, which correspond to an emotion, the player time-travels into a distant past where you seek treasure and fight monsters. Don’t expect it to be the same every playthrough also, as the dungeons are randomly generated.

I am not sure what to expect from this, but I am thinking there will be a release sometime late 2016.

Ratchet and Clank Remake:

We haven’t seen much of the Insomniac Games Platformer since it was announced, but it sure is to be a big release for fans of the series. The remake is more a “re-imagining” of the series as a whole and is based on the upcoming movie by Rainmaster Entertainment and Blockade Entertainment.

Originally the game was slated for release in 2015, but was delayed to 2016, so expect some gameplay and an official release announcement.

Guerrilla Games new IP and Killzone:

Guerrilla Games have something new in the works, and have been developing it since two and a half years ago. What it is we don’t know, but E3 would be the perfect time to announce it.

Guerrilla Cambridge also have a game in the works, and in their job listings say that they are working on a “high profile, multi-million selling franchise.” To me, that screams they are working on a new Killzone game, and I would not be surprised if this E3 is where they reveal it.

Killstrain, Shadow of the Beast and Everybody’s Gone to the Rapture:

Sony have a lot of smaller games that they like to show off, and these three are likely to pop up along with something new. Maybe Gravity Ghost might pop up too as it is a fantastic indie title. Most of these will have quick trailers and a release sometime this year.

New AAA IP:

Outside Guerrilla Games new IP, I don’t see why Sony shouldn’t have something else in the works. Again, what it could be is up for debate.

What I don’t think you will see – The Last Guardian, God of War and Persona 5:

Every year, at every conference, people cross their fingers to see The Last Guardian, but I just don’t see it happening. It seems to have sadly gone into the realm of development hell, and even if it does ever does release, I am not sure how good it will come out.

Maybe I am wrong though. Your welcome to shoot me down if that is the case.

Persona 5 is definitely near release, but it will unlikely be at E3, rather opting to show at the Tokyo Game Show instead. That is what Kat says anyway, as I am not a big follower of the series, so if that is not true blame her…. not me. We also know that a new God of War is in development, but I doubt we will see that at the conference as I don’t think it will be ready just yet. There is a remaster for the first three games though, so that might make an appearance.

What are your thoughts though? Do you agree with my predictions, or do you have some of your own? Let us know in the comments!

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