Sony has announced PlayStation Experience 2015, which is great, basically for fans who always want to hear more and more news about their favourite console. PlayStation 4 has skipped Gamescom 2015, with the platform holder just handling a relatively small stand in the entertainment area (the one open to the public) and not providing any behind-closed-doors demonstrations nor press conferences. According to Sony, this is due to its presence at E3 2015, very close to Gamescom this year, and Paris Games Week in October. Anyway, with the second PlayStation Experience now unveiled, we start having one or two doubts about the quality of those announcements at PGW.
In France, Quantic Dream has revealed their debut PlayStation 4 exclusive project, ‘Detroit‘. Some more amazing looking indie games were showcased as well, but still we think that Sony reserved their its best news for PlayStation Experience this time around. Last year, PlayStation Experience had two spotlights: the first Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End gameplay video and the announcement of Street Fighter V as a PlayStation 4 console exclusive. Then, lots of new trailers were displayed during Sony’s conference. Some really awaited by fans (The Order: 1886 was still a mystery, back in December; Batman: Arkham Knight), some other just including a bunch of indie games (among those, the new game by David Jaffe – Drawn to Death), and a few disappointments (Final Fantasy VII on PlayStation 4, which wasn’t a proper remake at the time).
Now, with PlayStation 4 at its maximum power in terms of sales but not as good when it comes to exclusive games, PlayStation Experience comes really at a perfect timing. Sony needs to unveil what’s coming next from its internal studios and showcase some more about the titles it has unveiled at E3 2015, since a few months have already passed. Let’s take a look at the announcements we think are about to come from San Francisco this December.
Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End – new demo and release date
PlayStation Experience will surely have a new Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End demo, which is probably going to end with a look at the exact release date slated for 2016. There’s not so much to be added at this point: people have already seen how good is going to be A Thief’s End at E3 2015, now they (we) only need to have the game in our hands and start playing it, hopefully without any other bugged presentations.
Following PlayStation Experience 2014 structure, we expect Sony to have at least two spotlights in its press conference, which means two AAA announcements from its internal studios and/or third-party partnerships. The first thing I am thinking about, unless Sony drops the bomb at Paris Games Week, is the new game from Sony Bend (Uncharted: Golden Abyss), which is hard at work on some kind of project we know nothing about.
We don’t actually know if this is going to be a proper announcement or just something surprising like it happened last year, with a combo brand new announcement + gameplay video (Street Fighter V as a console exclusive + Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End gameplay revealed). Maybe this year it could be all about Shenmue III first gameplay demo, Horizon: Zero Dawn (pretty sure about its presence at the show) or The Last Guardian, which we would really like to see in some other fashion apart from the E3 2015 demo we already looked at during the original unveil.
Final Fantasy VII Remake Gameplay Video
Honestly, we don’t expect a release date by Square Enix – we know how they handle this kind of stuff. However, we’re sure Final Fantasy VII Remake will be part of the show, as the Japanese developer and publisher stated at E3 2015 more news would come in Winter. And, yes, 5-6 December is not properly winter, but it’s damn close. We have – we need – to discover how the new things Square Enix is adding in, in terms of graphics and gameplay, will work, especially when it comes to the combat system.
Then, it will all be a matter of indie games and trailers, just as it happened at PlayStation Experience 2014. At least, we hope No Man’s Sky won’t be part of the show, if you know what we mean… Anyway, which are your expectations for PlayStation Experience 2015? Are you going to buy a ticket to witness it in person? Let us know in the comments below.