Sony essentially just had their second E3 of the year, bringing out the big guns for its Paris Games Week showcase. Alongside new trailers for upcoming heavy-hitters such as God of War and Spider-Man, Sony also threw in some surprises, including the unexpected sequel announcement to a popular indie title and a truly harrowing new look at one of the PS4’s biggest upcoming exclusives.
I’ve rounded up every big PS4 trailer/announcement Sony made at the show, but have also highlighted the ones I think made the biggest impact. With all the attention Nintendo has been getting thanks to the Switch’s strong showing as of late, it’s nice to see Sony come out and remind us that they have arguably the strongest lineup of upcoming games out of anyone. Let’s dive in:
New Trailer For The Last Of Us Part II
Sony had a lot of trailers to show off at their conference, including a shocking preview for The Last of Us Part 2. Seriously, it’s incredible that Sony actually gave the go-ahead on using this footage for a conference, as it’s just absolutely brutal. The trailer depicts some sort of new religious cult attempting to hang a female prisoner, which is hard enough to watch, but then we also see another woman get one of her arms shattered by a hammer.
According to a tweet from Naughty Dog, the woman who was nearly hanged is being played by Laura Bailey, but the developer is notably keeping her name under wraps right now. Bailey had a prominent role as Nadine Ross in both Uncharted 4 and Uncharted: The Lost Legacy, so there’s a very good chance that this new character plays a prominent role in the game. There’s no sign of Joel or Ellie though, and we still don’t have a release date, but at least this trailer illustrates that Naughty Dog isn’t resting on its laurels with this much-anticipated sequel.
New Spider-Man Trailer
It’s hard not to be hyped up for Insomniac’s Spider-Man, as it’s been far too long since we’ve had a decent game featuring the Marvel webslinger. This new trailer is story-focused and offers our first good look at this particular incarnation of Peter Parker, who physically looks like a mix between Andrew Garfield and Tom Holland’s versions of the character. You can tell that Insomniac is taking all the right lessons from Rocksteady’s Batman: Arkham games in that they’re actually trying to tell an interesting story in video game form. Plus, Miles Morales shows up briefly and that’s reason enough to be pumped for this game, which is set for release sometime next year.
Sucker Punch’s Next Game
After a long period of silence, Sucker Punch, the studio behind the Sly Cooper and Infamous franchises, has announced its newest game, Ghost of Tsushima. An open-world action game set during the feudal period of Japan, Ghost of Tsushima has players take the role of one of the last remaining samurai as they fight back against the invading Mongol Empire. According to Sony and Sucker Punch, “You must move beyond your samurai traditions to forge a new way of fighting — the way of the Ghost — as you wage an unconventional war for the freedom of Japan.”
Sucker Punch hasn’t released a game since 2014’s Infamous: Second Son and its expansion First Light, so they’ve been hard at work on this new game for some time. Judging by the announcement trailer, it looks like Ghost of Tsushima is shaping up to be one of the best-looking games on the PS4, but we’ll have to wait until we see some actual gameplay to figure out what new ideas Sucker Punch is bringing to the table.
Destiny 2 Expansion Release Date Announced
Owing to Bungie and Activision’s on-going partnership with Sony, the first details for Destiny 2’s initial expansion, Curse of Osiris, were announced at the PlayStation conference. The expansion, which will be available to download on December 5, sends players on a hunt to find Osiris, “the notorious heretic and most powerful Warlock in the history of the Last City” in an effort to stop the Vex. As many suspected, the new expansion will be set on Mercury and though the trailer doesn’t specify what content is being added, it’s safe to assume that it will be the usual assortment of story missions, a new strike or two, possibly a new raid, new weapons and armor, and (hopefully) some all new modes for both Vanguard and Crucible.
God Of War Gameplay Trailer
The Norse-themed God of War reboot has been at the top of many PS4 owners’ wishlists ever since it was first announced and it looks to be shaping up nicely judging by this brief gameplay trailer. It looks like this section is from later in the game, as Kratos’ son looks much more capable and confident in combat than he was in earlier trailers, suggesting that these characters really do grow and change as the game progresses. With a release window of “Early 2018,” God of War is set to be one of the biggest games of the Spring and an important title in Sony’s exclusives lineup.
New Shadow Of the Colossus PS4 Remake Trailer
Sony previously announced a PS4 remake for the PS2 classic Shadow of the Colossus at E3 2017 and has now revealed a new trailer for the game. Interestingly, the official YouTube description lists the release date as February 6, 2018 but as of this writing, Sony has not confirmed the date. The original Shadow of the Colossus was stunning when it was first released but has not aged well visually, so this remake feels almost like a preservation move in a sense, as Sony is clearly aware of how important this game is to some people. Judging by this trailer, the remake is going to be a stunner, but we just hope that Bluepoint updates the controls as well, as the original game feels quite janky to play nowadays.
The first Guacamelee was an absolutely delightful Metroidvania-style platformer and was ported to multiple systems, so it’s not a huge surprise to see developer Drinkbox Studios bringing the heroic luchador Juan back for another round of fisticuffs. The trailer promises that the game is “coming soon-ish” so it’s a fair bet that we won’t see this one until sometime in 2018. In terms of features, all we really know so far is that the game supports four player co-op … and probably some more chicken-related hi-jinks.
One of the best surprises to come out of Sony’s conference was the announcement of Spelunky 2, the sequel to Derek Yu’s beloved indie procedural platformer. The short teaser trailer is light on details, but shows the hero from the first game passing the mantle of exploration onto his daughter. No release date was given, unfortunately.
And here are the rest of the trailers shown off at the conference (I’m listing them all here because I just don’t have much to say about them at this time). That being said, the Locoroco 2 remake and Concrete Genie look pretty neat:
Detroit: Become Human
Star Wars Battlefront 2
Call Of Duty: WWII
Monster Hunter World
Far Cry 5
Blood & Truth
PlayStation VR Sizzle Trailer
Final Fantasy XV Ignis DLC
Monster of the Deep: Final Fantasy XV
League Of War VR Arena
Resident Evil 7 Not A Hero DLC
The Sims 4 DLC
Bow To Blood
Tennis World Tour
Locoroco 2 Remastered
The Gardens Between
The Hong Kong Massacre