Coming into E3 2016, expectations for Sony were high. The company had a strong showing at the last E3 and, having dominated this console generation for the last couple years, it would be very easy for Sony to start coasting. Instead, the electronics titan came out swinging, unveiling new footage for several previously revealed games and unveiling some surprising new titles. Here is everything Sony showed at its press conference.
Sony kicked off the show with gameplay footage for a new entry in the God of War franchise. The trailer opens in a Scandinavian village, where Kratos (now sporting a thick beard) is living with his apparent son. Kratos and the boy go out hunting, revealing that the new game is quite different from previous entries. Whereas the previous games were hack-and-slash games, God of War maintains an over-the-shoulder view, similar to Resident Evil 4. The combat seems to be more slowly paced than previous games, with one fight against a large, slow moving troll evoking Dark Souls. From the footage shown, this is a bold approach to reviving one of Sony’s biggest properties.
Although Days Gone is technically a new title, one can’t help but note the similarities to Last of Us. Set in a post-apocalyptic world (specifically the Pacific Northwest, given the locales shown in the trailer), Days Gone puts players in control of a former biker with a dark past, who now survives as a bounty hunter. Gameplay footage showed the player gunning down waves of zombies, but so far nothing about this project has stood out as fresh.
The Last Guardian has long been one of the most anticipated Playstation titles, and given the game’s projected 2016 release, Sony could hardly be faulted for trying to squeeze in one last moment of E3 hype. The new trailer showed off some more of the gorgeous environments, but not much else. The most important detail? At last, we get a release date (October 25, 2016)!
Horizon was one of the biggest surprises from Sony’s last E3 conference, an open-world action game where players use bows, melee weapons, and various traps to hunt robotic life forms and harvest their parts. The new footage shown didn’t offer much in the way of new information. There are apparently “corrupted” robots that behave aggressively, and the player can purify them and even tame them, as shown when the player’s character, Aloy, used a robot yak as a mount. Although much of the footage shown covered familiar ground, the game still looks great, with gorgeous visuals and combat that seems like a tighter, faster version of Monster Hunter.
Studio Quantic Dream has built a solid body of work by making games that focus on narrative and player choice, rather than action. Detroit is the iteration of their formula, putting players in control of Connor, an android tasked with hunting down rogue androids in the game’s futuristic setting. From the footage shown, players will investigate crime scenes and navigate dialogues, with every choice impacting how events play out.