After getting off to the kind of rocket-fuelled console launch Sony could only of dreamed of originally, the PlayStation 4 has maintained momentum to smash sales records worldwide.
Things don’t look so rosy for the second half of the year though, with PlayStation 4 exclusive DriveClub the only AAA Sony title heading for a second half of 2014 release. To maintain the momentum it achieved with the PS4 launch Sony needs to bring out the big guns, and bring them out fast, so we take a look what Sony has in store for E3 2014 with our Sony press conference schedule and predictions…
Confirmed & Likely Titles
Originally slated for a Q3 2014 release, The Order 1886 has been pushed back to Spring 2015. Looking like Sony’s answer to the Gears of War franchise, this could well be an absolutely crucial delay. To keep the hype flowing Sony needs to deliver a top-notch The Order 1886 gameplay reveal, so this is expected to feature extensively in their conference as well as being playable on the show floor.
While it’s slightly outrageous that a title that was previously pencilled in for the PS4 launch is still yet to arrive, a lot of hopes are being pinned on this performing well. While we’ve already seen a lot of this game in action, we’re just a few months away from its October launch so expect a bit of a media blowout on DriveClub. Microsoft will be showing off Forza Horizon 2 so Sony will be forced to notch it up to bring in the petrolheads come this holiday season.
The Last of Us Remastered
While the legions of Sony fans will have undoubtedly already played this masterpiece through to completion, The Last of Us Remastered looks to be the definitive edition of one of the best games of all time. Crucially for new PlayStation converts who’ve made the leap from Xbox One, this represents their first chance yet to get their mitts on Naughty Dogs’ modern day classic.
Aside from an obligatory reveal at the VGX Game Awards late last year, Uncharted 4 is still a relative unknown. A number of big names at Naughty Dog have departed since then, with many worried that Uncharted 4 is going through a troubled development. A gameplay trailer at Sony’s E3 2014 press conference would set a lot of minds at rest.
Leaked last month, this looks almost nailed on to be a sequel to the PS3-exclusive Demon’s Souls, the precursor series to the Dark Souls franchise. From Software’s trademark hard-as-nails gameplay looks to be making a return, along with the possible introduction of ranged weapons if the brief glimpse of a shotgun in the (admittedly blurry) leaked screens is anything to go by.
Sony’s answer to the Oculus Rift received a lot of positive impressions when it was unveiled at CES 14. We fully expect this to be given plenty of stage time, as well as hopefully some insight into what titles it will support it whenever it arrives.
Kill Strain is a trademark that Sony grabbed a little while back and has been doing the rounds for some time. The assumption is that Sony Bend studios is working on a brand new title in the Syphon Filter series. The Syphon Filter series remained dormant throughout the PlayStation 3’s lifespan, so this could be a big title if its reawakened.
Gran Turismo 6 PS4
Gran Turismo 5 is the bestselling title ever on PlayStation 3, Gran Turismo 6 most definitely isn’t. Arguably one of the most important brands in the world to Sony, Gran Turismo 6’s perceived similarity to GT5 meant it sold a fraction the number of copies, so it would make sense for Sony to up-res GT6 and give it a PlayStation 4 launch.
First announced for PlayStation 3 at the dawn of time, the gaping chasmic expanse of time we’ve been waiting since then has only serve to intensify the fan lust.
The Last Guardian is expected to follow in the stylistic footsteps of Team Ico’s previous titles, Ico and Shadow of the Colossus. Not a whole lot is known about The Last Guardian yet, other than it's definitely still in development. The rumour mill is awash with news that The Last Guardian could be making an appearance at E3 2014, although on which console is a different matter entirely.
God of War 4
It might not be the most groundbreaking news in the world, but God of War 4 is in all likelihood getting some sort of mention at E3 2014. Developer Sony Santa Monica Studio Tweeted “The Gods have spoken once again, maybe they are just excited for #E3 #earthquake #LA.” It was in relation to an earthquake in LA on June 2nd, but it wouldn’t surprise us if it has implications for a showing on PS4 this year.
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