E3 2015 - Sony Press Conference Live Video Feed And Updates

Written by Stuart Thomas on Mon, Jun 15, 2015 11:14 PM

Sony's E3 press conference will be going live soon, today at 6PM PT / 9PM ET, or in the wee hours of June 16th, at 2AM BST, for those of you over in the UK. 

Sony's been having it pretty good these past few months, breaking sales records and surprising even itself with the success of the PlayStation 4. The 25+ million PS4 consoles sold haven't been because of a stellar line-up of exclusives however, and on that front it's fallen behind both the Xbox One and the floundering Wii U. The past couple of months has seen Microsoft begin to close to gap on its competitor, and the pressure's on for Sony to deliver games, games, games at this E3 press conference.

We know it's got plenty in the works, but it's about time we saw more. With any luck Sony's got some big surprises, and PlayStation fans will be looking out for a big holiday exclusive to call their own. 

 

Sony had a really great show last year. We're really excited to see if they can match that strong showing this time round.

There's a couple of reminders of the things we're looking forward to in the Sony opening montage – Star Wars, naturally, but also NBA, Mad Max, and plenty of Uncharted.

Shawn Layden of Sony Computer Entertainment kicks off the show with this to think about: “Games are the cultural zeitgeist”. By jove, I think he could be right.

The Last Guardian

Kicking the show off with a Playstation exclusive, The Last Guardian is finally approaching with Fumito Ueda's crazy mix of oversized pets, Inca-style architecture and platform puzzles. The little fellow in the gameplay demo certainly seems to have trained his giant winged terrier pretty well, although I wonder how long it'd take for his constant yelling to get really annoying. There's plenty of destructible terrain but it's hard to tell if this stuff is all hard-scripted or dynamic.
We can expect to see the Last Guardian in 2016.

 

Horizon: Zero Dawn

Another post-apocalypse game, starring a group of primitive survivors, presumably some long time after the fall of our Civilisation. It's certainly an interesting idea – no scarred and irradiated wildernesses, more a fantasy take on the post-apocalypse genre that's so hot right now. There are creatures that certainly don't look like anything from this world though, so perhaps it's post the apocalypse on another world. There are some impressively-sized cybernetic dinosaurs on show, and frankly a bow seems a little inadequate for this kind of prey. Again, destructible environments play a big part, and much of the lighting is certainly very pretty. The hero bears a passing resemblance to Ygritte from Game of Thrones in a certain light. The general premise seems to be one of primitive hunters facing off against massive machines.

 

Hitman

It's always great to see Agent 47 back behind the scope, and Io Interactive are releasing a little teaser for their latest Hitman game. Not much in the way of gameplay footage, but just to know it's coming is good. It's coming out for console and PC, although of course Sony are in there first with a PS4-exclusive beta and six PS4-exclusive contracts.

 

Street Fighter V

We've been expecting this one. Characters include Birdie, Cammy, M. Bison and, of course, Ryu, and gameplay-wise it looks to stick close to its 2d roots. July 23rd the PS4-exclusive beta is released.

 

No Man's Sky

EVERYONE has questions about this game. Finally, some explanation about how it's actually going to play, courtesy of Sean Murray from Hello Games. Space combat is a given, but the navigation screen is looking slick and easy-to-use. When Murray explains the sheer scope of the game, it's enough to make David Braben sit up and take notice. The galaxy here is huge. Really enrrmous, like so much so that you can hardly really comprehend it. You can warp to anywhere you like in this vast playground. The player scans a completely new planet and finds points of interest on the world below, and there again we see that breathtaking space-to-land transition that really put No Man's Sky on the map. Everything in the game is destructible, which just basically makes us want to try to destroy the universe. It's perhaps not the most breathtakingly beautiful game we've ever set eyes on, but there's no faulting the vision and scope of the project. Games like this push the envelope and the innovation of the world of videogames is one of the joys of E3.

 

Dreams

Media Molecule, famous of course for Little Big Planet and Tearaway, are trying to create a place where you can explore the dreams of others. A mate of mine once had a dream where his house was filled with bananas and he had to eat his way out. Will we have to endure weirdness like that? There certainly is a very unique graphical style to it, and I guess 'dreamlike' is a bit of a lazy adjective. Apparently it's going to take time to sink in, and Alex Evans of Media Molecule promises more will be revealed during Paris Games Week. There's certainly more variety in it than most games we see – cutesy polar bears lead immediately into a cyberpunk bike chase in a disjointed and confusing way. Okay, I admit it. My curiosity is piqued.

 

Firewatch


An intense mystery set in tthe Wyoming Wilderness where your only lifeline is a woman's voice at the other end of a radio. The graphics have a simplistic, cel-shading style, and it looks like you're some kind of a park ranger. Again, colour me intrigued...

 

Destiny

Bungie and Activision are no fools. Make a gigantic pile of money on a game, and what do you do next? Make the same sort of thing again, of course! It looks like a lot of the same, with a few flashy new weapons and thingumabobs. Of course, the world is probably going to go crazy over this one, and some of the scenes do look beautiful, but I'm just not certain the world needs another Destiny already. Either way, it's out on 15th of September this year.

 

Assassins Creed Syndicate


Ubisoft always have a way of bleeding into the other press conferences, and this year it's the same. Jacob's voice is a little distressing to my ear – is that a real English accent or a horribly mauled travesty? I actually can't tell. Still, cane swords are this season's thing (thanks, Bloodborne), and Evie certainly shows how to use it. There's an armload of PS4-exclusive content promised here as well.

 

World of Final Fantasy


What the heck are we seeing here? Final Fantasy with all the emo stuff taken out and all the sugary stuff turned up to 11. “The adorable world of Final Fantasy”.

 

Final Fantasy Remake


At first, this trailer appeared to show a bleak cyberpunk world that looked like Final Fantasy VII at some points and Deus Ex at others, and sure enough Cloud makes an appearance. It looks like Final Fantasy VII is getting a huge overhaul and being released as a huge-budget smash, 'first' to PS4. I wonder if it will be as good as the original? There's certainly enough love for FFVII in the world that this could be great.

 

Devolver Digital


Devolver Digital have a shedload of new games on the way, each of which only flashes across the screen for a few seconds. Ronin looks like a Mark of the Ninja-style explorer, Eitr like an eight-bit beat 'em up, Mother Russia Bleeds like another eight-bit beat 'em up, only more stupid, and Crossing Souls like... Okay, I guess I have no real frame of reference for that one. I'm not even certain I got the name right.

 

Shenmue 3


Again, another thing we've actually had mentioned in the recent past, the new Shenmue is going to be a direct sequel to the last two games. There are some classic Japanese game stylings in the trailer as well, not least the endless rain of cherry blossom that is frankly the only backdrop that I like when eviscerating someone with a katana. Shenmue 3 is now in Kickstarter, so if you're a fan of the first games, or an interested newcomer, get your wallets out!

 

Batman: Arkham Knight: PS4-Exclusive Scarecrow Missions


Arkham Knight is already looking lovely, and now we get some more story. The Joker is dead, and Gotham seems a much nicer place on the surface. Of course, Batman doesn't believe it can last, gloomy-pants that he is. It looks like we get to play as Officer Owens in these Scarecrow missions, although perhaps not for all that long, as Gotham is suddenly overrun by weird zombeasts. Unless it's just one of the Scarecrow's mind-tricks. Which it obviously is.

 

Morpheus / RIGS

Everyone's getting in on this Virtual Reality kick at the moment. Sony's Morpheus is going to be supported by RIGS, a fighting eSports title that appears to be crafted specifically for the Morpheus.

 

Project Vue

The Playstation Vue is the PS4's TV streaming system is expanding and does offer one interesting feature – you no longer have to buy channels you don't want to watch, and can select only the channels you're really interested in. It's about time TV providers worked that one out, really.

 

Call of Duty: Black Ops 3


Mark Lamia sounds exactly like how you'd expect a Treyarch employee to sound. He says things like “If you want to succeed, sometimes you've got to get your hands dirty”. He also says things about Blops 3 being a gritty co-op experience that isn't afraid to take you off the rails. The year is 2065, and the first huge chunk of the video is, indeed, completely on the rails. In fact, it's basically a cutscene. Eventually, though, control returns to the player and there's a lot of weapon swapping and weird palm-showing like something you'd expect from some kind of gun-nut Jedi. Drones abound, as we expect they will in 2065, and VTOL aircraft, walkers, mechs... you know. Near future warfare stuff.

There's a multiplayer component to Blops 3 as well... duh. Wall running is clearly the order of the day, as is twitch-reflex shooting against enemies at point blank range. The maps seem to encourage getting up close and personal. It's appearing 6th November this year, but there's a PS4-exclusive beta out on the 4th of August.

 

Disney Infinity 3


With the deafening knell of inevitability, Star Wars will join forces with Disney, Pixar and Marvel in Disney Infinity 3. Expect to see Greedo shooting Mater in the face and Goofy kissing Princess Leia, then learning she's his sister.

There are two playsets for Infinity 3 promised with that great Star Wars flavour: Star Wars: Twilight of the Republic. Set in the Clone Wars era, and Star Wars: Rise Against the Empire, set during the classic trilogy era. Both have a little of the Lego Star Wars about them, but hopefully serve as a gateway for more kids to get obsessed with the greatest franchise in the universe.

 

Star Wars: Battlefront

And let's not leave Star Wars there. We'll take all the Battlefront footage we can get, and missions can be played offline, and there are four options: Battles, where either in solo or co-op you lead a battle against the villainous Rebel scum (or, if you play as a traitor, fighting against the illustrious Empire); Hero Battles, where each character takes on the role of an iconic Star Wars character and engages in epic clashes;Trials, which push you to aster skills, and Survival.
The trailer is set on one of the Tatooine maps, and a pair of Rebel commandos are being hunted by a platoon of stormtroopers in Beggar's Canyon. Sticking around against waves of Imperials, these two soldiers take on an improbable amount of foes including an AT-ST or two. There's even a Wilhelm scream in there for authenticity.

 

Uncharted 4: A Thief's End

A little gameplay footage from Naughty Dog's highly anticipated last chapter of the Uncharted series is always welcome, and completely expected. Watching the hero move awkwardly and realistically through crowds was impressive, but it soon devolves into traditional Uncharted gunplay. Everything seems quite set-piecey, with APC crashing through walls and gunplay taking a break for fistfighting, platforming or driving once in a while. Crashing through a clothesline in a jeep, the line gets tangled around the vehicle as it pulls away, and it's the little touches like that that really shine on this generation of consoles. The whole driving section looks amazingly fun, if a little scripted.

 

Overall perhaps not the standout show Sony had last year, but still some great reveals there. The Last Guardian, a Final Fantasy remake, and more details on things we were already looking forward to.

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20:29 Jun-16-2015

I need to get a PS4 soon. Afterwards, I'll buy a new PC.
So many awesome games!!!

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16:01 Jun-16-2015

UC4 was truly impressive!

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10:02 Jun-16-2015

FF7 remake destroys everything else. I would trade batman the witcher 3 and GTA5 just to get this game on PC. It alone is reason enough for me to own a PS4. FF7 was the crushing blow.

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10:29 Jun-16-2015

Completely agree, I'll purchase a PS4 just for FF VII :D

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13:53 Jun-16-2015

I hope they make one for PC

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14:16 Jun-16-2015

They're most likely making a pc port. They said it comes to ps first. So it's not exclusive.

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14:19 Jun-16-2015

Definitely getting a PS4 for this, also for KH3 and FFXV. I doubt FFVII will be released before 2017 though.

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05:30 Jun-16-2015

Sony dropped a lot of really good WOW moments with TLG and FF7. Sadly, I'm just disappointed there won't be any AAA exclusives for this holiday. My PS4 will basically be gathering dust till UC4 now.

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04:48 Jun-16-2015

yeah there's no questioning Sony won in the game department so far at E3, but of course with Microsoft they have all the little goodies for XBO owners, like backwards compatibility, that's free, mod support, and early access. Sony, as far as PS4 stuff not-game related...a media center, and that's it. So yeah, Well time to see what the PC conference shows tomorrow.

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13:17 Jun-16-2015

Although I agree with most of your comment, you should know that mod support is coming to the PS4 as well, just a little later. This was confirmed by Todd Howard in a live interview with Geoff Keighley.

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03:53 Jun-16-2015

Can't believe that the Last Guardian is finally coming back!

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