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The road to E3 2017 rolls on this week with Sony taking their normal time slot on Monday night. Mostly what Sony will have to show off will be there continued stellar line up of exclusive titles. Games such as God of War 4, Days Gone and the Spider-Man game Insomniac is working on. Mostly with Sony, you can expect a lot of software to be shown off, much like last year. The big news will be the release dates for these titles. Some of these games coming this year, but for the most part, they won’t.
God of War 4
Being shown off for the first time last year as a surprise, fans cried with joy when they finally saw their iconic character walk from the shadows. Kratos is getting a new game for the PlayStation 4. This new God of War game has been in development since 2014, so it’s had a bit of work done to it and apparently, it was said to be able to be played from start to finish as of December 2016.
Although, the game could coming out in the Spring window of 2018 following the success Sony saw with Horizon: Zero Dawn launching around that time. This will get God of War out of the crowded Holiday release and Sony some extra fire power during the Spring.
Originally titled, “Dead Don’t Ride” Sony’s Bend Studios has been hard at work on their next game for quite a while now. This was another title that was first shown off at last year’s E3. Getting a big showcase last year, don’t expect too much new information.
Two games could launch this year, Days Gone being one of them. Within the same announcement time as God of War, Days Gone can launch first because it’s running on the Unreal Engine and it’s easier to find resources for development. Add that to the fact that this game has been in development for a while.
This will be your Holiday 2017 title from Sony. Gran Turismo isn’t a really huge title, and will likely to be overshadowed by Forza Motorsport 7. I expect an October 2017 release and that announcement will come at E3.
Gran Turismo Sport
Gran Turismo Sport is the other Sony exclusive coming at the end of the year. And it will be launching in September to compete with Forza Motorsport 7.
Gran Turismo Sport was originally scheduled for 2016 before it was delayed in favor of “more polish.” The first closed beta eventually happened this year plus the added amount of development time could be the reason that this game will hit the store shelves this year.
Also, expect to see plenty of demos and previews from the game running in VR for the inevitable restocks of the PlayStation VR headsets.
Continuing the trend, here’s another game that was first shown off at last year’s E3. Spider-Man is being developed by Insomniac and a few months ago it was rumoured this title would hit this year.
The game can be dated back to as early as 2014 when Marvel was in talks with Sony over doing a game with a first party studio and getting the first party treatment. Although the talks happened in the better part of 2014, not necessarily concrete game development. Summer 2018 would be the perfect slot for Spider-Man to come out.
Crash Bandicoot N’ Sane Trilogy
We know Crash is coming back on June 30, just a few weeks after E3. Just for the advertisement, we’ll see some footage from the collection. Reminding people that the game is coming and you should get it. Same thing Sony did with The Last of Us and Batman Arkham Knight. Both released around E3 and got a trailer to keep the hype up while other big announcements were flying around.
Uncharted: Lost Legacy
Uncharted: Lost Legacy is coming August 22 and will make an appearance at the press conference just like the Crash Bandicoot remaster will. They want you to be excited about the new announcements but not forget about what’s on the immediate horizon.
Knack 2 was first shown at PSX back in December and the internet was quick to shout, because Little Big Planet 3 was bad. Not too much to say about Knack 2. It could launch in late 2017 release but anything looking to Q4 of 2017 can easily be pushed to 2018. Get excited about more Knack!
Sucker Punch’s Next Game
Sucker Punch is working on something new and we have no idea what it is. The thing we do know is that it is a new IP and it is not another Infamous game.
This is what E3 is all about, new and exciting games. Hopefully, whatever Sucker Punch is working on will keep up with all of Sony’s other exciting IPs coming out in the next few years.
Detroit Become Human
Another game that has been in development for a long time, we can date preproduction back to late 2013 when Quantic Dream turned it to Detroit: Become Human. We’ve seen this game multiple times and from everything, we can point to it would seem as though the game is pretty far along. However, Quantic Dream is a studio that loves to take their time.
Also, Detroit Become Human seems like a game we’re likely to see at Gamescom or even as late as Paris Games Week. This game could easily see another year or 18 months of development before it’s consumer-ready.
Here is another game I can see being left off the E3 table in favor of another event. Media Molecule has been working on Dreams for a while now, as far back as 2013, and we were expecting a beta late last year that was ultimately pushed.
The issue is how quiet Media Molecule has been with this project. After expecting much more from them in 2016, we only heard the bare minimum.
We’ve seen enough of the super early footage Kojima and his team has done but outside of that. The hype is getting too big too early. Also, too many people believe we’ll see this game relatively soon which is just unlikely. The game was announced at last year’s E3 and only entered full development this year. Knowing Kojima’s track record I would say this game is pretty far off. Possibly two years from now.
The Last of Us Part 2
This game was announced back in December 2016 with the first trailer and it won’t come out this year. This game is in very early development so there isn’t any concrete information about a possible release but I do think we’ll see it.
Naughty Dog is huge for Sony and they’ll take their time but I can’t see Naughty Dog missing two E3’s in a row. Ideally, they won’t show anything at all, again there are a lot of games that could be at this press conference and they’ll need time for everyone.
Call of Duty World War 2 is the newest game in the Call of Duty franchise, obviously and in recent years Sony has had some kind of exclusive deal with Activision for this series. From what we can tell, it’s not changing. PlayStation 4 gets the beta first and early access to new maps over Microsoft. It’s already announced that the game will be playable at E3.
Another Activision title with content exclusive to PlayStation 4 is Destiny 2. We’ll see this game on May 18 in an event focused on gameplay. E3 showing will focus mainly on the story of Destiny 2.
Sony won’t go through their conference without mentioning PlayStation VR. New games and demos will be shown off to keep the feeling alive that this is something you need. The best bit of news would be that they’re ramping up production to produce more units so it can be purchased somewhere.
Prediction: WB Montreal will show off a new Batman game. It’s been talked about for a while that WB Montreal is working on a new Batman game. WB Montreal is apparently working on a Damian Wayne Batman game that has been long rumoured and even talked about by reputable journalist Jason Schreier.
Prediction: Rocksteady will show off their new game at Sony’ conference. Rocksteady is working on something and from what we can tell and what they’ve said, it won’t be a Batman game. The heavy rumour is that it is a Superman game
Prediction: Playstation All Stars is getting a sequel. If Knack can get a sequel so can PlayStation All Stars. Now, this is something else that has been rumoured but again, the sources are extremely weak here.
Prediction: We get a something to know about the PlayStation 5. We’re not going to see another eight-year console life like we did with Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3. A lot of factors went into extending it that long. PlayStation 4 Pro is a weak upgrade from PlayStation 4 and not a long term answer. Don’t be surprised if games like Death Stranding or The Last of Us Part 2 are held off til the PlayStation 5. Of the two, Death Stranding is more likely the title to kick off the new console.
Microsoft is rolling out the Project Scorpio this year. Sony’s next console is certainly in development and they get to watch exactly as this unfolds for their competition. Simply, PlayStation 5 is on the horizon. The more likely route is we’ll see it sometime before E3 2018.
There you have it. This has been the preview for Sony at this year’s E3. Let us know what you think and what you’re excited for from Sony this year. And let us know how much you agree or disagree with the predictions.
Don’t forget to go back and read the Xbox Preview, it’s just as good. Next we look into Nintendo.