It’s that time of year everyone! E3 is just about a month away and though several announcements have already been made, there are sure to be some surprises. Today, we’ll focus on Sony and their PlayStation 4 line up. Sony has already laid out plans to focus on specific games during their presentation. Those games are Ghosts of Tsushima, Death Stranding, Marvel’s Spider-Man, and The Last of Us Part II. Even though they are focusing on those games, there are still likely to be some announcements and surprises. Even after the press conferences, some games may be revealed even during the show. Here are our predictions for Sony at E3 2018.
1. Twisted Metal Reboot/Revival
We mentioned this one last year, but it still stands as a valid option. Twisted Metal hasn’t seen a game since 2012 when it rebooted on the PS3. While a sequel to that game wouldn’t be too unusual, it also didn’t capture what made Twisted Metal the iconic vehicle combat experience it was known for. With the battle royale genre becoming more popular, perhaps a Twisted Metal version would be a great fit. Imagine having a large scale multiplayer experience to become the last car standing?
It could always return to more traditional roots as well. It’s been a while since we’ve seen the likes of Sweet Tooth. There was a movie being planned back in 2012, but Sony has since scrapped the idea. With no faith in a big screen adaptation, it seems it can only return with a new game at this point. With David Jaffe’s Drawn to Death released last year, perhaps it’s about time for him to return to his creation.
2. New Ratchet & Clank Title
Another game prediction we mentioned last year, Insomniac has given Ratchet & Clank a break since 2016. Working on Marvel’s Spider-Man has probably taken most of their focus, but with it wrapping up and releasing later this year, it’s likely Insomniac is already planning another project. Ratchet & Clank is their most iconic franchise since Spyro the Dragon. There was a time where Ratchet & Clank would get a game almost every year. While two years isn’t a long time for a game franchise to wait, perhaps it’s about time to drop news of a new entry.
Hopefully without the movie involved, Insomniac can focus on making the game stand on its own. While 2016’s Ratchet & Clank was a fantastic game, the movie itself was nothing special. Even if they don’t continue off this movie storyline and return to their original story, it would be a great chance for the Lombax and his robotic pal. The PlayStation 4 only has one game in the franchise, and something about that just seems off. Perhaps E3 2018 will change that.
3. Cross-Platform Play
This is a bit of a stretch, but you never know. Microsoft has said they were okay with having their Xbox One play nice with other platforms. This has been proven with the Minecraft “Better Together” update. Last year, Fortnite accidentally had cross-platform play between the Xbox One and PlayStation 4. Sony still seemed adamant about not opening the floodgates to let PS4 and Xbox play together. Despite this, time sometimes makes change.
If Microsoft and Nintendo could play together, perhaps Sony could at least extend their reach to one of the two. Sony has no problem playing with PC, as even games like Street Fighter V works off this model. With games like Minecraft and Rocket League already playing across platforms, Sony is starting to look like the stubborn kid in the group.
4. New SOCOM Title
The last SOCOM game came out in 2011, and though Zipper Interactive was closed in 2012, Sony could easily attach a different studio to the franchise. SOCOM 4 U.S. Navy SEALs came out to lukewarm reviews and was definitely showing signs of problems with the franchise. If handled right, Sony could bring back the series with more appeal.
Sony’s biggest challenge would likely be the focus of a potential SOCOM sequel. Would it be a full on sequel with SOCOM 5? Or perhaps they would take a SOCOM U.S. Navy SEALs: Confrontation approach with a multiplayer only entry? Interestingly enough, even Slant Six Games shut down since then, which means none of the SOCOM developers are still around. If Sony wants to bring this series back, they might even do a battle royale approach for this series too.
5. Deep Down Returns
It’s been a long time since we’ve seen any progress on Capcom’s PlayStation exclusive Deep Down. Originally revealed in 2013, there hasn’t been an official update on the game since 2015, though the game hasn’t been officially canceled. The game showed a lot of promise when it was originally revealed, though a lot of time has passed since then. Described as a less difficult Dark Souls, it would need a bit more originality to stand out these days.
Capcom recently released Dragon’s Dogma on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, and that game also had a bit of influence on Deep Down. Monster Hunter World has also enjoyed a massive success on consoles. Perhaps the best approach for Deep Down is to start fresh. It already combines science fiction with a medieval atmosphere, so it has a unique quality there. This year may be the moment we see it return to the spotlight, so only time will tell.
6. Bloodborne 2
After a slight tease at the Game Awards 2017, From Software has been the subject of a lot of discussion. Without naming their project, there has been a lot of speculation that Bloodborne 2 is on the way. While it’s possible that it could be a new game entirely, the timing seems to be right for a sequel. The original released three years ago and even was offered as a PlayStation Plus title recently, so it seems to be about time for a new game.
With a tease as early as that, it could even be a surprise release for this year. Bloodborne proved itself different enough from Dark Souls to stand on it’s own, even as a PlayStation exclusive title. An official E3 reveal seems like a reasonable way to give it an official announcement. The “Shadows Die Twice” tease last year has had fans frothing from the mouth, so hopefully they don’t keep fans waiting.
7. New Warhawk/Starhawk Title
This last prediction is a bit unlikely, but it’s always possible. The Warhawk/Starhawk franchise took an interesting direction on the PlayStation 3. 2007’s Warhawk rebooted the franchise to be a multiplayer only war game that was pretty fun. Then Starhawk released in 2012, taking a very different direction for the series. Adding a story and a sci-fi aesthetic, Starhawk looked like it could be a cool new series. It even offered a fun multiplayer experience just like Warhawk.
While the series hasn’t seen much outside of Emmett Graves featured in PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale, six years seems like a good amount of time for a return to the planet Sever. Even if not a continuation of the story in Starhawk, this is a series that could easily have new stories with new characters. With E3 being a time full of surprises, a new game in this series would definitely be a nice one.
That’s it for our Sony predictions for E3 2018. Do any of our predictions seem likely? Let us know in the comments and tell us your own predictions. Stay tuned tomorrow for our Microsoft predictions.