Tuesday, June 10, 2014

E3 2014: Sony Press Conference

As usual, Sony had their press conference later on the first day.  I knew that Sony would start off strong, but I was not expecting them to start with Destiny right off the bat.  They start with a trailer for Destiny, followed by a series of very exciting announcements.  First off the beta will start on PlayStation 3 and 4 on the July 17th.  They also announced that PS4 players would get exclusive access to the alpha for several days starting on the 12th of June.  Although you do have to sign up for it and there is no guarantee you will be selected, best get it done before the 11th when registration ends.  An exclusive white PS4 will be released on September 9th that comes bundled with Destiny and one month of PlayStation  Plus.

They also announced that PlayStation players will get exclusive weapons, armor, a multiplayer map, and a strike mission.  I had thought that the PlayStation exclusives would be cosmetic things only, but this does not seem to be the case.

After Destiny, a brand new trailer for The Order: 1886 was shown and it is looking pretty good.  This was followed by the announce of Entwined, which was released for the PS4 yesterday.  Out of the left field came the announce of Little Big Planet 3, which I was not expecting to see at E3.  There were also a few CG trailers as well for the announce of games like Bloodborne, Dead Island 2, and for the latest insane and bizarre game by Suda 51 known as Let It Die.

Many other games were announced at the press conference, including Magicka 2, Grim Fandango remastered, and Abzû.  Abzû is being designed by some of the designers who worked on Journey, and the music will be composed by Austin Wintory.  No Man's Sky made an appearance at the press conference, but still no word on a release date though.  A whole bunch of free to play games were announced that will be coming out over the next 12 months.

There was a brief discussion about Project Morpheus, although it was nothing more than just a: "we have Project Morpheus here, check it out at our booth" then it was an announcement of anything new or interesting about the VR headset.  During this time there was a bunch of statistics about the PS4 that were revealed, like the fact that roughly 1.25 Billion hours have been played on PS4 systems across the globe.  They even know how many times the share button has been pushed, which is a little scary.  It was then announced that the PS Now Open Beta would launch at the end of July.

In an unexpected move, Sony announced that the PlayStation TV is coming to North America and other regions this fall.  To be honest, I thought that was going to remain Japan exclusive.  The PlayStaiton TV will allow you to play Vita games on your TV along with download and stream a wide variety of titles from PlayStation Now and the PSN.  The standard price for the PS TV will be $99.99.  After this they had the world premiere of actual gameplay in Mortal Kombat X, although it is pretty much what you'd expect from a Mortal Kombat game.   

Despite taking time to show a trailer for the Ratchet and Clank movie along with some exclusive TV show about a graphic novel, Sony was able to pack in even more games into their conference.  First off they showed a trailer for the remastered version of The Last of Us (Release Date: 7/29/14), then a trailer for Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain, then GTA 5 for PS4, a gameplay demonstration of Batman Arkham Knight, and then the finale was the announce trailer for Uncharted 4: A Thief's End.
Sony did a spectacular job this E3, although I feel like they should have had some more live demos on stage.  To be honest, I was expecting that they'd show off Destiny competitive multiplayer during that segment.  That and they really should not have spent so much time talking about that exclusive TV show Powers, as it doesn't look particularly interesting.  But overall it was a pretty good press conference.

RBFB Rating: A  

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