The Sony PlayStation press conference was held June 11 at the Los Angeles Theater. Fans eagerly awaited trailers for at least four Sony PlayStation specific titles including Insomniac Games’ Marvel’s Spider-Man, Naughty Dog’s The Last of Us Part 2 and Kojima Production’s Death Stranding. Each year it seems fans eagerly await the Sony PlayStation conference to lift up their spirits after what tends to be the general press conference malaise that descends over E3 at about this time. After a lackluster showing from Ubisoft and Square Enix earlier Monday, the expectations for Sony were high. The good news? They didn’t disappoint.
Death Stranding: Kojima Productions
We got our first glimpse at gameplay footage from Death Stranding. In usual Hideo Kojima fashion, it left everyone with more questions than answers but we would have it no other way. I can honestly say this game looks like nothing I’ve ever seen before. In the trailer below, we get a better sense of the protagonist Sam Bridges, played by The Walking Dead‘s Norman Reedus. Two new female characters were also introduced named Lindsay Wagner and Léa Seydoux. No release date has been announced but this title is exclusive to the PlayStation 4.
Resident Evil 2: Capcom
Yes, the survival horror legend is back. Originally released in 1998 on the OG PlayStation, the remake of RE2 was previously announced in 2015. Since then, we haven’t heard a whole lot about it. That changed this evening as we were treated to the reveal trailer and release date. Expect to welcome Chris Redfield back into your life on January 25, 2019.
The Last of Us Part 2 : Naughty Dog
Without question, one of the most anticipated games of the night is the return of Ellie and possibly, maybe, at least for a little while? Joel. Naughty Dog released The Last of Us back in June of 2013 to immense critical and commercial acclaim. It’s a story that continues to be the benchmark for narrative in games. Tonight we were treated to an eleven minute trailer mixed with cut scenes and gameplay footage. The trailer wasn’t shy on gruesome moments, as we’ve all come to expect from TLoS, but peppered in were some touching moments between Ellie and a partner sharing a dance and kiss. While not available for preorder yet, it will be available on Amazon soon.
Marvel’s Spider-Man : Insomniac Games
A game most of us at The Beat were really excited to learn more about was yes, you guess it, Marvel’s Spider-Man from Insomniac Games. We’ve seen trailers for the game in the past but we haven’t had a great sense of exactly how Spider-Man’s famed web-slinging would work or feel in game. This trailer has a slew of villains waiting to ruin your day, like pretty much all of them. Exclusive to the PlayStation4, Marvel’s Spider-Man will be available to play on September 7, 2018. We’ll have much more about this game in the upcoming days, so stay tuned.
Marvel’s Spider-Man features your favorite web-slinger in a story unlike any before it. Now a seasoned Super Hero, Peter Parker has been busy keeping crime off the streets as Spider-Man. Just as he’s ready to focus on life as Peter, a new villain threatens New York City. Faced with overwhelming odds and higher stakes, Spider-Man must rise up and be greater.
Destiny 2: Forsaken: Bungie
This one is important to me as a massive Destiny fan. We heard about this Destiny 2 DLC last week, which will be available to purchase on its own or part of Destiny’s new annual pass plan. This evening we got a sense of what the story will be about and it has fans shook. Here’s how Bungie describes the story:
The Reef has fallen to lawlessness, and now the most-wanted criminals in the galaxy – the Barons & Uldren Sov – have organized a jailbreak at the Prison of Elders. You and Cayde-6 have been sent in to bring law and order back to the embattled facility, but things do not go to plan. Facing insurmountable odds, Cayde-6 ends up paying the ultimate price. Beyond the Vanguard’s authority, you’ll venture into the Reef alone and take justice into your own hands. Explore new regions, awaken new powers, earn a wealth of new weapons, and uncover lost Awoken secrets. The hunt is on.
Destiny 2 is now available for pre-order or you can wait until September 4, 2018.
Control: Remedy Entertainment
With a brand new IP (gasp) Remedy Entertainment (Quantum Break) introduced audiences to the game Control. You play as Jesse Faden who, like most video game protagonists, has a troubled past. Faden becomes the new Director of the Bureau of Control, what the game describes as the frontline for researching and fighting against supernatural enemies. The game will ask players to uncover secret activities of Bureau agents, explore shifting halls, and unlock new abilities. Control will ask players to put together the real purpose of the secretive Bureau and uncover the mystery of Jesse’s past. All of this while, fighting the ultimate enemy named The Hiss. The game is slated for a release sometime on 2019 on PS4, Xbox One, and PC.
And now, to round out our highlight post…
Ghost of Tsushima: Sucker Punch
Originally debuted during Paris Game Week in October, we knew this game would be gory and beautiful. Set in 13-century Japan, this massive samurai epic from Sucker Punch (Second Son) promises a lot of blood, warfare, and chaos. Judging by the gameplay footage released tonight, that is exactly what we are all going to get. You will play as Jin Sakai, a powerful samurai warrior. The team at Sucker Punch has drawn heavy inspiration from Japanese history and the iconic traditions of samurai cinema for their open-world adventure. Ghost of Tsushima will be released exclusively on PS4.
There were so many announcements during the Sony PlayStation press conference we couldn’t fit them all in one post! We’ll be posting much more about the games revealed this evening through out the week.
Andrea Ayres writes about comics and representation in pop-culture.