E3 2014: Sony PLAYSTATION Press Conference: POWERS, UNCHARTED, BATMAN, DESTINY, Much More
The PlayStation is reborn with the PS4 selling well, but what's next? Expect lots of PlayStation 4 news, a bit of Vita news, and yes, even news about that Powers TV series they're producing, if Brian Bendis's teasing was truthful.
The press conference is scheduled to begin at 6pm PDT / 9pm EDT, but you can watch Twitch LIVE from E3 below while you're waiting, talking about some of the games we'll see this week at E3.
The lights dimmed, and Sony kicked off their press conference with a drop ship rocketing to a planetary body. It's "The Planet Mars. Present Day." Three astronauts are exploring, and they are armed. Out in the sky, there was another planetary body. Something arrived that changed the solar system. Mars, Venus, and Mercury became livable and "human lifespan tripled." But there was an enemy of this device and peoples, a darkness, which found Earth and was "the end of everything."
This is the just-revealed backstory to Destiny from Bungie.
The new trailer for Destiny debuted, showing off extensive gameplay with all thee classes. Narrated by Peter Dinklage, the voice of your robotic companion, the trailer said you're responsible for stopping the end of everything. "So, you know, no pressure." Much applause for the trailer.
Andrew House, Group CEO and President of SCE took the stage to start things off.
House said that he wants PlayStation to be "the best place to play. The Destiny trailer we showed tonight embodies our vision. It will help define the next generation of games." The Destiny Beta will be available on PlayStation on July 17th, before other consoles. And for PS4 gamers, every PS4 owner gets the Destiny first look Alpha from Thursday through the weekend. This week! www.GreatnessAwaits.com/Destiny.
On launch Day, September 9, 2014 there will be a Destiny bundle with white PS4.
Next is "an IP you'll only be able to play on the PlayStation 4." A gameplay demo starts with a man, gun strapped to his back, walking through a creepy room. There's a body that has been operated on in some way. it looks like he's carrying an old-style lantern of some sort, but there's also loudspeakers and a clearly modern setting. It's the world of The Order 1886, and as the protagonist looks on at a zombie-like creature eating someone, it turns out, he's actually a werewolf, too. Zombie Werewolves, folks. 10/10.
It switches fluidly back and forth from cinematic to gameplay. The protagonist drinks something from the vile around his neck, and the Zombwolf hunts him, smelling and tasting his blood. The battle began anew, and the trailer ended.
A new game called Entwined which is made by a new team features two characters side-by-side controlling bird like creatures. "It's a game about two souls who are in love but can't be together." It's from Pixel Opus. You have to control both together at the same time. Over the course of "nine unique lifetimes, you have to bring them together to create this magnificent dragon," which then gets to paint the sky.
Entwined launches... right now on PS4 for $9.99, and on PS Vita and PS3 to follow as part of the crossbuy program.
inFAMOUS Second Son is next, with a new piece of standalone DLC available later this summer - you don't need to own the full game to play the DLC, "but if you do you'll get some exclusive content." A trailer for the DLC ran next. It's inFAMOUS: First Light and stars Fetch from the game.
LittleBigPlanet 3 for PlayStation 4 was next up with a live demo. There's more depth in the game, new power-ups, and a new dog style friend called OddSock to be a companion (playable) to SackBoy. OddSock can wall-jump and run faster than SackBoy. Tuggle is a large new friend who is stronger than the others. Tuggle can also become tiny at the push of a button to get into hard-to-reach spaces. Swoop is the last newbie, and he can fly.
There are multiplayer puzzles to complete. Swoop can carry characters, as well. There is, of course, also level and game creation built in, highlighted in the trailer. That game is coming November 2014 for PS4.
Shu Yoshida took the stage to lots of applause. There are 8.7 million levels that have been created and shared by community useres in the first two LBP games. And in LBP3, you can play all of them, with improved PS4 graphics.
Yoshida then introduced a brand new IP from a "respected developer," Hidetaka Miyazaki! Working with From Software, it's Bloodbourne.
A trailer rolled. Zombie-ish dog, people bearing torches in a Victorian setting, it seemed. Someone with a huge scythe cutting up one of the dogs. And then people. Yeah, these are some sort of zombie-ish creatures for sure. The enigmatic trailer ended with what seems to be the protagonist exploring a cavern of some sort, finding some kind of skull and being attacked at the last moment by a creature. Coming 2015.
Farcry 4 and Alex Hutchinson, creative director was next. The demo takes us to Kyrat, this hidden country ruled by a despot. The player is exploring a mountain side and finds some climbing gear. He can throw up the grappling hook to scale a cliff side (at what seemed a designated point). He gets a mission to destroy a convoy that he finds. A crossbow quietly kills the first enemy he sees. He plants a charge on a barrel, kicks it over the side and detonates to kill a couple of enemies. After a couple more conventional kills, he takes a small car and heads after the enemy convoy. A jumping takedown takes out the driver and passenger of a truck, but runs him into a rockslide. He drives off the cliff and activates his wingsuit mid-air to glide harmlessly down to Earth. "I need some help taking this place down," he says, and a second player joins, listed as "Gun for Hire." Hurk comes flying in on a small helicopter and they start delivering some death from above.
The second player is listed as "reinforcements." When they attacked, they also made an elephant stampede, and he attacked enemies. Hurk doesn't seem to be able to leave his helicopter, for what it's worth. They take the fortress, and leave the stage.
Adam Boyes from Sony took the stage next. When you buy Farcry 4 for PS4 or PS3, you can invite friends to join you as reinforcements even if they don't own the game, only on PlayStation.
After player feedback was solicited out to their players, they found many were talking about Zombies. A guy who looks like he was bitten goes for a nice jog, and we see zombies attacking people as he runs around. It's mass destruction and mayhem behind him, but he doesn't notice as he's got headphones. He slowly, however, starts to turn and we see him become a zombie, but still jogging. The zombies are now assembled, still moving toward the camera as what can only be described as a death van drives up and kills our original guy. It's Dead Island 2. It will have a 30-day exclusive PS beta, and an exclusive character class and level.
In addition to that zombie game, The Last of Us is coming to PS4 - and it's also going to infect Diablo III adventure mode on PS4 with clickers and the other infected in the game!
Battlefield: Hardline has the exclusive beta on PS4 going on right now. A gameplay trailer version of the footage shown at EA's press conference was shown, featuring the heist, but with some different outcomes and angles.
The Incredible Hulk will be PS3 and PS4 exclusive at launch of Disney Infinity 2.0, in a special collector's pack.
Destiny has unique weapons, gear, ship, an exclusive multiplayer map, and an exclusive Strike on Mars, Strikes are co-op adventures that are standalone adventures. Lots of exclusive content for PlayStation gamers.
A new partnership with Paradox Interactive was next. Every studio is currently working on an exclusive PS4 game.
A trailer showed a mage battling unemployment, sitting alone in his apartment, and accidentally vaporizing his kitty. Magicka 2: now hiring Wizards was seen in the want adds. “Learn to Spell Again!”
Tim Schaffer wrote a fake letter as a 10 year-old girl asking for a way to play his old adventure games.
Doublefine is remastering Grim Fandango for PS4 and Vita.
The next letter said "My favorite games are the weirdest ones." Devolver Digital and PlayStation have joined forces, and the console debut of their next slate of titles is exclusive to PS platforms. Broforce, Titan Souls, Not A Hero, Hotline Miami 2, and The T-A-L-O-S Principle are all coming to PlayStation platforms.
The next letter talked about the “imagination of an artist.” Suda 51 is bringing a new game exclusively to PS4. “Death cancels everything, except the truth.” the trailer begins. It's some kind of brutal (and frankly a bit disturbing) deathmatch between several creepy looking characters using all sorts of weapons. Let It Die is the game, coming to PS4 in 2015.
505 Games and new studio Giant Squid have a world premiere of their new game, the follow up to Journey. a tranquil underwater world full of fish and plantlife is shown, and a man in a special diving suit with an odd helmet is shown. He's swimming alongside great creatures, and sometimes walking along the ocean floor. that's Abzu, a console exclusive on PS4.
Last was one of the year's biggest teaser hits, No Man's Sky. The game will make its console debut on PS4. The new trailer shows the player scanning life forms and entering them into some kind of database. He then takes off in a ship, flying right up through the atmosphere and out into space. through an astroid field, he sees a bunch of cargo ships jump in, and under attack. The dogfight in space starts up, and he discovers a new planet, dipping down into that atmosphere, still in pursuit of the enemy fighters. After defeating them, it's back into space, and a whole lot of applause. Everything in the game will be procedural. Sean Murray from Hello Games took the stage to talk about the game.
"It's a science fiction game inspired by the kind of Scifi I grew up with." It's an infinite, procedural universe. Every player in the entire game will start on a different planet so no one can have the same experience. "We don't even know what's out there, every player will help us discover something more." Murray left the stage as a few more peeks at the game rolled simultaneously on multiple screens.
They have offered the PS Camera "as a choice since launch," they said as a dig to Microsoft. Project Morpheus is next, their VR device. It's in the booth this year with several games.
President and CEO of SCEA Shawn Layden was next on the stage.
Layden said that he's been to all the E3s except the very first one, and still can't believe where he's standing now. He talked up the games on the PlayStation shown so far tonight. "Let's start by talkinga bout PSN," which he called ever-evolving.
Nearly 95% of PS4s worldwide are combined to the PSN. More than 1.25 billion hours have been played on PS4s since launch in November. The Share button has been touched 220 million times. Direct Youtube PS4 sharing is coming later this year, Layden announced.
You'll also see your friend's shared Youtube videos in your "What's New" news feed.
There will be new broadcasting capabilities in The Playroom, where you can create a customized broadcasting set and put out your own video game show - that content is free.
Free to Play games were the next topic, with "more than 25 coming in the next 12 months," including Planetside 2 and Guns Up. You do not need PSN+ to play any of their free to play games. A sizzle reel trailer featuring several of them was shown to underscore the point.
Next up was PlayStation Now. The new service will provide access to PlayStation 3 titles, available as an open beta in the US and Canada on PS4 starting July 31, 2014. Then it will become available on the PS3 and Vita "shortly after that," allowing to you stream games on those devices. PlayStation Now will also be brought to select Sony televisions, playable with a Dualshock 3.
PlayStation gamers will have access to more than 100 PS3 games during the Open Beta.
Bringing it to PS Vita is "another example of our commitment to the platform," Layden said. Remote Play has been "overwhelmingly positive" for them, he claimed. More than 100 games are in development for the platform. Minecraft, with the full console experience is coming to the platform, he announced.
Moving to the PlayStation TV, which is launching in US and Europe starting this fall. The device can link to the PS4, letting you play those games and apps on a second TV in your home. You can also play PlayStation Now games, plus Vita, PS1, and PSP classics. Disney Infinity will also come to the game console, available for $99. "That's over 1000 games available at launch."
A bundle for $139 includes a Dualshock 3 controler, an 8gb card, an HDMI cable and a voucher for Lego Movie Game.
The worldwide premiere of gameplay footage for Mortal Kombat X was next. Starting, naturally with a fight between Scorpion and Sub Zero - but also with a fight simultaneously cutting in and out between to other characters. Sub-Zero has his day with some cool moves, like throwing his own ice clone at Scorpion.
But Scorpion won - and a supercut of many characters' possible fatalities were shown. Lots of applause for the brutal game, coming in 2015.
Next was something near and dear to Newsarama readers' hearts. Powers is the first original series, adapting Brian Bendis and Mike Oeming's comic to a TV series. Bendis took the stage!
"It is an honor to join you and officially announce that Powers is greenlit directly to Series for PlayStation." Bendis described the series, which sees two cops designated to investigate crimes involving superheroes and supervillains. The series seeks to show "what a world full of superheroes would really be like."
Bendis explained that one of his jobs as Executive Producer is to make sure that the show is authentic. He talked about the rest of the creative team. He promised that they'll have announcements, including casting, all summer long. Some new concept art for the series shows off the crime fiction and superhero worlds combined. It's coming to the US in December, and every PSN user in the US will get to watch the first episode for free. Sounds like they'll be charging for the rest then.
PlayStation Plus users, however, will get the entire Powers series for free (they announced specifically as a US feature first).
That brought us to Ratchet and Clank: The Movie. Ratchet, voiced by James Arnold Taylor, sets off on an adventure as he seeks to follow his dream to be a galactic ranger. Coming to theaters in 2015. Insomnia Games is also recreating the original Ratchet and Clank for PS4, complete with some new gameplay experiences.
The remastered The Last of Us for PS4 got a trailer, showing off the even-more beautiful graphics of what was already probably the best looking game on the PlayStation 3 (if not of the entire last generation). That hits July 29, 2014, and includes the DLC for the game.
Kojima Prudctions and Konami were next with a new trailer for Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain.
Teased as a game from a company that has had a close relationship wince the PS2 era, it's a GTA V remaster for PS4, coming this Fall. Current PS3 and Xbox 360 players can transfer their GTA Online characters to the PS4.
And then, it was Batman: Arkham Knight time!
Oracle calls Bruce, telling him she's found Penguin, but, the place he's at is "heavily guarded by the Arkham Knight's forces." A much faster glide was shown, until he called out the Batmobile and hopped in. Driving around, he goes offroad with a rocket-boosted jump. Quick, precise navigation of the city came to a halt and he activated Battle mode, using the now tank-like Batmobile to take out several automated tanks. Instantly transforming back into regular mode, he sped forward an launched out, directly into an extended glide. A new falling takedown went into a strong takedown combo of three in a row, and Batman entered the facility.
As he starts to interrogate the Penguin, Scarecrow hijacks the feed, saying "You are the product of everything you fear." He is scarier than he's ever been and says he'll "drag your beloved Arkham into oblivion."
"Scarecrow Nightmare" missions are only available on PlayStation 4, and come with the game when it hits in 2015.
The show ended with a tease of the next Uncharted from Naughty Dog. "Can I count on you, one last time?" Drake asks Sully. "All right kid, let's go do it. One last time." There are cages filled with bodies. It's Uncharted 4: A Thief's End, coming in 2015 to the PlayStation 4. A sizzle reel summarizing the show finished things off.