E3 2015 Predictions: Sony
We’ve covered Nintendo and Microsoft for our E3 predictions so far, but we still have Sony; last but certainly not least. Sony has been enjoying quite the success with their PlayStation 4 console, and even the PlayStation 3 is still doing fairly well. Unfortunately for them, the PlayStation Vita is still failing to gain a lot of support and words like “legacy platform” have come up when discussing the system. Even though Sony may be struggling in the handheld department, they might still be able to pull off some miracles with some announcements this year. If they don’t, they may have to kiss the Vita goodbye and rely on the power of the PlayStation 4 to carry them. With that aside, here are the predictions for Sony this year at E3.
1. Star Wars Battlefront Exclusives
Imagine it…the lights are out and the audience is silent. The Force Theme starts to play as the crowd slowly starts to cheer. Sony starts off their presentation and introduces staff from EA and DICE to present the first gameplay demo of Star Wars Battlefront to the world, played on the PlayStation 4. It was clear from the start that there would be some partnership with Sony for the title. All the marketing for the game so far has ended with a PlayStation brand logo and the infamous “Greatness Awaits” slogan, much like how Destiny has the same treatment. After the demo, EA and DICE will likely announce not only a PlayStation 4 bundle, perhaps one with a Star Wars branded PlayStation 4, but exclusive content for the PS4 version of the game. Perhaps it will be an exclusive map, exclusive weapons, or maybe even an exclusive character, but there will definitely be some sort of exclusive for the system, as Sony has enjoyed a lot of success in getting content in various third party games.
2. New Sucker Punch Title
The Sly Cooper and InFamous developers over at Sucker Punch have been hard at work at an unannounced open-world game, and it seems like it might be time to reveal a new title from them. It may be a new entry in the InFamous franchise, but considering we had both InFamous: Second Son and InFamous: First Light last year, it may be possible that it would be a new IP altogether. It could even be a new open-world Sly Cooper title, taking the reigns back from Sanzaru Games after Sly Cooper: Theives in Time. Even if it’s just a tease, it’s likely that we’ll find out what the team is up to in just a couple weeks.
3. The Order 1886 Sequel
Say what you want about the length of The Order: 1886, but it is still one of the most impressive looking titles for the PlayStation 4 when it comes to visuals. Even with the lukewarm reception, the game has promise as a series, and it still sold fairly well. Considering the game left room for a sequel at the end, it might not be an unusual announcement for Ready at Dawn and Sony Santa Monica to announce a new title in the franchise, taking fan feedback into account to improve the game. If it could work for Assassin’s Creed, it could definitely work for a game as visually impressive as The Order: 1886.
4. Quantic Dream Title Reveal
Back in 2013, Quantic Dream, the developers behind cinematic experiences like Heavy Rain and Beyond: Two Souls, said they were working on a PlayStation 4 title. They did a fun little tech demo with The Dark Sorcerer, but that was likely just a tech demo, and nothing more. It will be nice to see what they have up their sleeves, as they have always impressed with their visuals and deep storytelling. It has been over two years since they stated they were working on something, so the time is just about right to see what their hard work has been forming into. Hopefully we’ll find out in just a couple weeks.
5. PlayStation Vita Presentation
The PlayStation Vita has been on the market for over three years now, and even though the games have slowed down, the system has become a magnet for a lot of high profile niche titles. Despite that, the system has some solid console ports, and even a nice little collection of original titles as well. Gravity Rush, Tearaway, Soul Sacrifice, Killzone: Mercenary, the system has its share of highly enjoyable games. Unfortunately, the system had quite a few “AAA” duds, even one that was bundled with the system for a while (the Call of Duty: Black Ops Declassified bundle). Even though Sony typically supports their systems for ten years, the Vita might not make it to that mark. Sony will need to make this last ditch effort to really push the system with tried and true franchises to no only gain interest from consumers, but from developers as well. Last year, the Vita was practically ignored for the presentation, so Sony really needs to take a moment to put the spotlight on the Vita and give it the attention it deserves. The Vita is far too impressive of a device to be used as just a PlayStation 4 accessory, so hopefully it can find a way to gain momentum after this year’s conference.
6. Tekken 7 Release Date
Japanese arcades have been enjoying Tekken 7 for a bit now, but the console versions are still MIA. Even though Tekken is not a PlayStation exclusive franchise, the system is still very important to the fighting series. Heihachi Mishima even made a playable appearance in PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale. Early last year, Katsuhiro Harada, the series producer, stated that PlayStation would be the primary hardware the game would be developed for, even though the game is developed using PC architecture with Unreal Engine 4. The game will likely release for Xbox One and PC as well as PlayStation 4, but this is a game that Sony would likely show at their press conference considering the historical ties to the franchise. It will also be likely that the release window for the game on consoles will be revealed, as it could easily be released later this year. It may also be possible that we’ll get an update on Tekken X Street Fighter, considering the game is supposedly still in development.
7. Soulcalibur VI Announcement
Speaking of Namco Bandai, it has been over three years since the last installment of their other iconic fighting franchise, Soulcalibur. It might be too early to announce it, what with Tekken 7 not even released yet, but Soulcalibur VI could easily be teased at this year’s E3 presentation, perhaps during the possible Tekken 7 announcement. It would be fun to see what guest character would be included this time, as we have had a history of characters from other video games, comic books, and even iconic movies. The visuals of the weapon-based fighter have always been rather stunning, so it would be great to see just how improved they would be using the PlayStation 4 hardware.
8. PlayStation 3 Swan Song
The PlayStation 3 is still having games released, but system is starting to dwell in the shadow of it’s younger brother, PlayStation 4. Sony tends to have ten-year commitments to their consoles, leading us to believe that PlayStation 3 will receive new content at least until 2016. Even though that may be the case, the quality of the titles tends to drop during those times, with various exceptions. It may be time for Sony to announce a swan song title for the system to let it go out with a bang. It may be something that will release on PlayStation 4 as well, or it may be a third party title. Whichever the case, the system has done well these last nine years, and it deserves a title to go out on in 2016. E3 2015 will probably be the time this title is revealed, and who knows, it might be something we already know about.
E3 2015 will be upon us in just over a week now, and we’re sure to have some announcements that are easily predictable, but surely there will be some surprises in store as well. Time will tell, and even as the days lead up to the presentations, we are finding out more and more about various games coming soon. Feel free to comment on these predictions and maybe even make some of your own, and we here at GotGame will be sure to stay updated during the show with all the new announcements.