Today Sony showed off what’s to come for the future of PlayStation on both the Vita and PlayStation 3. Sony show cased a lot of titles first part and third party with the latter coming with exclusive content. We watched the conference live and have the whole round-up of all the announcements below.
The conference kicked off with a bang as Quantic Dream took to the stage to announce Beyond. David Cage started with “Death is the mystery of mankind” and proceeded to introduce the main character Jodie Holmes. From there he announced that Ellen Page is to do the voice of Jodie which got the room all rowdy. But the beauty started when the gameplay started. This game can stake a claim for graphic of the year. Flexing their visual muscle again, Quantic Dream sure looks to have created a cult favourite. You can check out the gameplay demo here.
Next came the game everyone was expecting with PlayStation All Stars Battle Royale. With the developers coming on stage and giving a demo of the game with two players on the PS3 and two on the Vita showing off the cross play function to be included. Two new characters joined the mix with Sony plastering Nathan Drake on the screen followed by Big Daddy from the Bioshock series. You can watch the full gameplay demo here.
The shift then focused onto Vita with two game being properly announced. One from Ubisoft and the other from Activision. The first being Assassin’s Creed III: Liberation. Confirming the leaked information about a female assassin. In addition to that the game will be linked to the PS3 version of Assassin’s Creed III to unlock some content.
Next up was Call of Duty Vita. Nothing major apart from the name of the game and that it’ll launch later this year. Call of Duty: Black Ops Reclassified is sure to be a system seller.
We did hear that Sony will be giving 12 games per month to PS Plus members, with these titles being refreshed each month. Another quick mention was that PSOne Classics are coming to PS Vita, although appart from the mention of Call of Duty: Black Ops Reclassified and Assassin’s Creed III: Liberation, PS vita content was severely lacking.
After that came the double whammy of content from Ubisoft. Assassin’s Creed III hit the stage with an impressive gameplay demo showing off the ship gameplay elements which brings a new experience to the series. On top of that, at the end of the demo Ubi announced that the PS3 version will be getting some exclusive DLC when the game launches come October. You can watch the demo here.
The second hammer blow from Ubisoft was that FarCry 3 is getting four player co-op. The mode which was demoed at the conference shows up to four player being placed in a map and defeating enemies to get to the objective. The games visuals have suffered no compromise in the co-op mode and features dramatic set pieces like the single player. You can watch the Far Cry 3 demo here.
After the World of Far Cry, Sony moved on to something different, revealing the Wonderbook, a new e-book system which works with PlayStation Move. Players get a book and augmented reality, to bring the story to life in the game, allowing young gamers to interact. Sony will release new stories via the PlayStation Network, allowing gamers to constantly change what they have played.
To wrap things up Sony then showed a trailer for God of War: Ascension, followed by The Last of Us. Both looked really stunning, but to us it felt like Sony was holding something back, a big surprise that perhaps it never mentioned because MS never showed it’s hand. You can watch the God of War demo here. The Last of Us demo here.
Just what Sony is holding back, we’ll see in the future, but despite an impressive enough press conference, it felt distinctly lacking in content.