E3 2017 Sony: Uncharted, Monster Hunter and Spider-Man swing into action
Sony sets its PS4 and PS VR lineup
Sony had a lot to be happy about heading into E3 this year. According to the company the PS4 has cumulatively sold through more than 60.4 million units to consumers worldwide as of June 11, 2017. PS4 software sales, led by hits like Horizon: Zero Dawn, also remain strong with more than 487.8 million copies 2 sold at retail stores globally and through digital downloads on PlayStation Store as of June 11, 2017. The PlayStation ecosystem has more than 70 million monthly active users worldwide as of end of March 2017, while PlayStation Plus has 26.4 million paid subscribers worldwide as of end of March 2017.
“We are very grateful for our fans and partners around the globe who have continued to support PS4,” said Andrew House, President and Global CEO of Sony Interactive Entertainment. “The PS4 platform is in its prime, with the industry’s best lineup of exclusive and partner titles slated to release this year, taking full advantage of the power of the PS4 system. We are committed to further expanding our overall PS4 ecosystem, by broadening the PlayStation®VR content portfolio, as well as enriching our network services along with our ground-breaking software lineup. We remain steadfast in bringing the best entertainment experience to users worldwide and making PS4 the best place to play.”
Uncharted: The Lost Legacy
Sony started things off with “Uncharted: The Lost Legacy,” the game will be the next full installment to the Uncharted series, and will release on August 22, 2017. Fans can expect new puzzles, dangers cinematic storytelling, and high-octane action that made the original Uncharted games such a blast to play. The franchise is bringing back Chloe Frazer to be the lead protagonist. Chloe is searching for the legendary golden Tusk of Ganesh, created by the ancient Hoysala Empire. Along for the ride is Nadine Ross, but the trailer made it seem like the two won’t get along very well. The duo will be battling with Asav. You can watch the full-length trailer as part of the playlist below.
Ni no Kuni II: Reverent Kingdom ($59 at Amazon)
Ni no Kuni II: Reverent Kingdom will launch on November 10, 2017 for PS4 and PC via STEAM. The sequel was developed by LEVEL-5 Inc., with participation from former Studio Ghibli animator Yoshiyuki Momose and music composed by Joe Hisaishi. In the world of Ni no Kuni II: Reverent Kingdom, players enter the kingdom of Ding Dong Dell, where cats, mice, and humans once lived in harmony. After a treacherous coup, Evan, the young boy king of Ding Dong Dell is forced to flee his kingdom. Ni no Kuni II: REVENANT KINGDOM recounts the story of this deposed king and his journey to build his own kingdom and unite the entire world.
Supporting Evan on his adventure will be friends he meets along his journey including Roland, a visitor from another world, and Tani, the daughter of the leader of sky pirates. Players will encounter even more characters to join Evan throughout his quest including natural phenomena known as Higgledies. The Higgledies will provide invaluable support during battles including offensive and defensive buffs, increasing special attack power for Evan and his friends, and assist in attacking enemies. Join Evan on his quest as he fights powerful monsters, face perilous dungeons, and rises to once again become a king!
God of War
Sony’s “God of War” wasn’t a secret ahead of E3, we say the game last year at the event. The popular Santa Monica Studio’s creation did bring a new trailer this time around though, Once again players will explore the ancient lands with Kratos, who is struggling with balancing survival and being a father.
Shadow of the Colossus
Sony has been teasing Shadow of the Colossus for years now, and just like other E3 and gaming events around the world, the game has a trailer without a release date.
Horizon Zero Dawn: The Frozen Wilds
During the opening moments of E3, Sony confirmed that hit RPG “Horizon Zero Dawn” will be getting a large expansion. The trailer showed our hero prepping to take on new beasts in a snowy landscape, while planning to battle an enormous beast that is guarding a mountain.
Dishonored 2: Death of the Outside
Another hit PS4 title that will be getting some DLC love is Dishonored 2. In the new DLC Billie Lurk will be reuniting with her mentor, the assassin Daud. In the DLC Billie will explore the dark underbelly of Karnaca in order to pull off the ultimate assassination: kill the powerful Outsider.
Life is Strange: Before the Storm
The episodic hit “Life is Strange” is getting a prequel called “Before the Storm”. The new title will be a three part standalone story adventure, but the story is set three years before the events of the first game. This time players will take on the role of Chloe Price, a rebel who forms an unlikely friendship with Rachel Amber. At E3 it was confirmed that Life is Strange: Before the Storm Episode 1 will release on August 31, 2017.
Sony did not drop any real data on the upcoming Spider-Man game, but the company did release a terrific trailer to get fans excited. That trailer is part of the playlist below.
Call of Duty: World War II ($59 at Amazon)
Activision’s new Call of Duty installment wasn’t a secret, but Sony did showcase the game with a brand-new trailer this evening. The title hopes to provide an “honest portrayal” of World War II from the perspective of the famed 1st Infantry Division. The game will also feature an ensemble cast of “global and diverse characters”. Players will storm the beaches of Normandy on D-Day, march across France to liberate Paris and ultimately push forward into Germany in some of the most monumental battles of all-time.
Call of Duty: WWII Multiplayer will offer authentic weapons and equipment, and will be set in some of the most iconic locations in World War II’s European theater. Multiplayer also delivers a new approach to character and create-a-class through Divisions, War, an all-new narrative multiplayer mode of play, and Headquarters, a first of its kind for the Call of Duty social community, designed for players to interact and socialize with friends.
The definitive World War II next generation experience also introduces Nazi Zombies, an all-new cooperative mode featuring a unique standalone storyline set during World War II that’s full of unexpected, adrenaline-pumping action. Look for more information about Multiplayer at E3 and the Nazi Zombies cooperative experience at a later date.
Call of Duty: WWII pre-orders (available at Amazon) and participating retailers includes access to the Private Beta, available first on PlayStation 4, scheduled for later this year. Call of Duty: WWII is available for pre-order in the following editions: the Base Edition and Digital Base Edition – Suggested Retail Price $59.99, the Digital Deluxe Edition – Season Pass and more, SRP $99.99, and the Pro Edition – Season Pass, collectible Steelbook and more, SRP $99.99,
Players that pre-order the game will be invited to the private beta ahead of the game’s release. Like previous installments before it, the game will also come in several limited and collector’s editions, and will offer both physical and digital content for players that pre-order the game ahead of its release. More information on the beta will be released at a later date, and more information on the game will be released at E3 2017. The game itself will release on November 3, 2017.
Elder Scrolls: Skyrim VR Edition
That’s right, the seemingly never-ending world of Skyrim is coming to VR. Soon the Frost Trolls, Dragons, and annoying Cloud merchants will be yours to explore in VR.
Marvel VS. Capcom: Infinite
Capcom announced the release of a standalone playable story demo for “Marvel VS. Capcom: Infinite,” the next installment to the popular action-fighting series. Beginning today, the free story demo will be available to download on the PS4 and Xbox One, and provides a sneak peek at the introduction to the highly anticipated story mode.
With the release of the new story demo, fans can test the cinematic experience that puts players at the center of a fierce battle as heroes from both universes come together to stop Ultron Sigma, the combined form of the robotic villains Ultron and Sigma, from infecting all biological life on the newly-merged Marvel and Capcom worlds.
Each newly added character, including franchise newcomer Gamora, will feature unique abilities and iconic special moves as they join 14 other previously announced characters and battle together in an attempt to overthrow the devastating new threat. All of the action in Marvel VS. Capcom: Infinite takes place in new but familiar settings, as famous locations from the Marvel and Capcom universes merge together as part of Ultron Sigma’s nefarious plot. These include areas such as “Knowmoon,” a combination of the celestial outpost Knowhere from the Marvel Universe and Third Moon from the Strider series, “Xgard,” a mixture of Thor’s homeland Asgard and Abel City from the Mega Man X series, and many more.
The game will also feature free-form 2v2 team battles integrated into a wide variety of single player modes and multiplayer content for new players and longtime fans alike. In addition to the compelling cinematic story experience, single player Arcade, Training and Mission modes plus vast multiplayer offerings will provide memorable experiences and infinite gameplay possibilities for players of all skill levels. The use of powerful, game-changing Infinity Stones further deepens the customized gameplay and allows players to equip and unleash elemental in-game powers, such as Reality, Time, Power and Space.
“Marvel VS. Capcom: Infinite” will launch on PS4, Xbox One and PC on September 19, 2017.
Monster Hunter: World ($59 at Amazon)
Capcom also announced “Monster Hunter: World,” the latest entry in the 40 million unit selling action RPG series. Monster Hunter: World introduces a living, breathing ecosystem in which players take on the role of a hunter that seeks and slays ferocious beasts in heart-pounding battles that unfold across the vast ever-changing terrain.
In the game players can venture on quests alone or with up to three hunters in a newly designed online drop-in multiplayer system which allows cross-region cooperative play between Japan and the west, uniting the player base for the first time ever. Monster Hunter: World will also be the first game in the series with a worldwide simultaneous launch window and is planned for release on PS4 and Xbox One in early 2018, with a PC release to follow at a later date.
Retaining the series’ skill based progression and robust crafting system, players gear up to venture on quests to seek and slay monsters, progressively improving their skills to become the ultimate hunter. Loot collected from fallen foes can be used to create new equipment and armor upgrades styled after the monsters they’ve slain, allowing hunters to survive the elements and defeat the tougher opponents that await them.
Monster Hunter: World delivers a seamless gameplay experience allowing players to move freely across map areas that comprise the living ecosystems and dynamically transition from day to night. The landscape and its diverse inhabitants play a critical role in each quest as players strategically use the surrounding environment including terrain, vegetation and wildlife to their advantage in battle or become hindered by the hazards they present. Hunters must use their cunning and abilities to track and maneuver their targets throughout the intense, evolving battles.
With flexible online multiplayer options and an accessible quest structure, players can tackle challenges alone or join up to three other hunters online for cooperative play. For the first time in the Monster Hunter™ series, players from Japan and the west can play together online, providing an expanded base of cooperative hunting companions. With the new online drop-in functionality, solo players can hail for assistance from the worldwide group during quests when their opponents are too daunting to take on single-handedly.
Destiny 2 ($59 at Amazon)
Bungie announced an early launch date for “Destiny 2” on PS4 and Xbox One, now scheduled for September 6. The PC version launch date is scheduled for October 24 and is now available to pre-order via Battle.net. Debuted during the E3 Sony Press Conference was Destiny 2’s latest cinematic story trailer “Our Darkest Hour” featuring the ominous villain, Dominus Ghaul.
The Destiny 2 console beta early access period for PlayStation 4 players who pre-ordered the game will begin July 18 at 10am PDT, while early access for Xbox One players who pre-ordered will begin on July 19 at 10am PDT. Following the pre-order early access period, the Destiny 2 console beta will open up to all PlayStation 4 and Xbox One players on July 21 at 10am PDT and will conclude at 9pm PDT on July 23. The PC beta kick off is planned for late August. Further details on the PC beta to come soon.
“Everyone always says that they can’t wait for fans to get their hands on their game. But we really mean it. Destiny 2 looks so awesome, I’m thrilled to announce that we are moving the release date up to September 6,” said Eric Hirshberg, CEO of Activision. “We are also hard at work with our friends at Bungie optimizing Destiny 2 for the PC, which we will be releasing in all its glory on October 24. And tonight, we are taking a deeper look at Ghaul, our villain in Destiny 2, who the world is going to love to hate. It’s going to be a big week for Destiny fans.”
Bungie CEO, Pete Parsons, said, “For all of us at the studio, this is a humbling year to see the vision of the Destiny universe welcome its sequel, and for us, the most exciting part is to see what stories this amazing community will tell once it is in their hands.” He added, “We had an industry-defining moment at our Destiny 2 gameplay reveal in May, and at E3, the team is expanding hands-on to showcase a new subclass and will continue to highlight the vast variety of hands-on experiences that appeal to both solo and multiplayer gamers.”
Destiny 2 is the sequel to the internationally acclaimed Destiny, a first-person action game that takes the player on an epic journey to defend humanity from annihilation. In the story of Destiny 2, the last safe city on Earth has fallen and lay in ruins, occupied by a powerful new enemy Dominus Ghaul and his elite army, the Red Legion. Every player creates their own character called a ‘Guardian,’ humanity’s chosen protectors. As a Guardian in Destiny 2, players must master new abilities and weapons to reunite the city’s forces, stand together and fight back to reclaim their home. The game will offer a fresh start to all players with no previous knowledge or background needed.
The Evil Within 2
Horror fans should be thrilled to see “The Evil Within” getting a sequel. Players will take on the role of Detective Sebastian Castellanos, and things aren’t going great for the Detective. When given a chance to save your daughter, players must enter a world filled with nightmares and discover the dark origins of a once-idyllic town. The Evil Within 2 releases worldwide Friday the 13th, October 2017 on PlayStation 4.
Players can watch the trailers for these titles above, shown at E3.