Paris Games Week has just started and Sony has already delivered a bunch of new announcements and upcoming action-packed games. We have all the highlights!
Some vague Uncharted 4 multiplayer details are announced, alongside a cinematic trailer.
The 2015 Paris Games Week kicks off on October 28 in Paris Expo in the French capital.
In a press conference held the day before, Sony has given us an extensive look at what the Playstation 4 has in store for us in 2016.
Following a largely absent presence at the 2015 Gamescom, it is encouraging to see their return with exciting news.
DESIblitz rounds up all you need to know from Sony’s press conference.
Two soon-to-be-released multi-platform games, Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 and Star Wars Battlefront, will have content exclusive to PS4.
Street Fighter V is confirmed as ‘console exclusive’ (PS4 and PC only), and Borderlands developer Gearbox Software’s new multiplayer game – Battleborn – can expect a PS4 exclusive beta arriving in 2016.
Boundless is what appears to be a platformer-utilising portals to explore different worlds seamlessly. The game has a voxel style aesthetic, a look that is popularised by Minecraft.
Avicii Vector is a rhythm-action game being co-developed by Swedish EDM artist Avicii, which has a similar look to mid-2000s PC game Audiosurf.
No Man’s Sky, a game that the community has known about for several years now, finally gets an albeit vague release date of June 2016 for PS4.
A new trailer for Insomniac’s Ratchet and Clank is also shown, showcasing ship combat and some of the new game worlds that players will explore in this new entry into the series.
The gorgeous new game from the Killzone developers, titled Horizon Zero Dawn, releases new footage at the conference.
It is accompanied by developers’ commentary, explaining how the combat works and highlighting the intricate-layered design of the robotic enemies you will be fighting.
Driveclub expansion Bikes (not to be confused with the unrelated Motorcycle Club) also makes an appearance. It is available for purchase as an expansion or stand-alone game immediately after the conference.
Some vague Uncharted 4 multiplayer details are announced, alongside a cinematic trailer. New features include an AI companion perk and special supernatural artefact power-ups.
The enigmatic new project from Little Big Planet developer Media Molicule, Dreams, is given its first gameplay demo.
The game uses a three dimensional depth of field camera, motion controls and has a painterly art style. Its gameplay demo is handcrafted using the PS4 only to showcase the scope of the game’s creation tools.
Sony’s president, Shuhei Yoshida, takes to the stage to present information about the games currently being developed for Playstation VR, which include:
Three games from veteran studios are announced for the first time at the conference.
First up is Gran Turismo Sport, the next iteration of the groundbreaking racing simulation series, which will also be VR compatible.
The series’ producer, Kazunori Yamauchi, reveals there will be a groundbreaking new twist by including real world FIA accreditation.
As a result, the top players will receive awards alongside real world racing teams.
Next up is Wild, the first game from Rayman and Beyond Good and Evil‘s creator Michel Ancel’s new studio, Wild Sheep.
You play a shaman in the open world game, who must traverse the world communing with nature and uncovering mystic altars to unlock greater powers.
Finally, soft-voiced French developer David Cage announces Quantic Dream’s new game, Detroit, an adventure game about an android, named Kara, who is on the run in a technologically advanced future version of the titular city.
Unfortunately, the conference has not shed any light on hard details regarding Playstation VR’s official launch date or price.
However, it has allowed Sony to inspire confidence in its fan base for what will likely be a very exciting year ahead, for both their mainstream releases and VR compatible library of games at the launch of Playstation VR.
Images courtesy of Sony and Paris Games Week official website
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