A goodly number of people considered Sony's conference to be the best last year. A live orchestra and a showing that was pretty much all trailers and gameplay really raised the bar for future conferences. Combine this with several new game announcements, and you can understand why people want more of the same this time around. That's probably why Shawn Layden (President and CEO of Sony Interactive Entertainment America) has claimed that they're going to follow a very similar formula this time around. Is this even possible? Let's predict what they'll reveal when the conference starts at 2am BST / 3am CEST tonight.
Many of last year's biggest reveals have gone off the radar since then, but we know that they're coming back in style tonight. One of these is God of War. Kratos opened the show last year and caused one or two jaws to drop to the floor. Not only was it a visual showcase, but it also seemed to bring a breath of fresh air to the series. The gameplay presentation has been viewed more than 17 million times on YouTube since then, and we've found a ton of hidden tidbits in it that are teasing some very interesting details. Now it's time to elaborate on some of these. The game is fairly close to release, so expect a new gameplay presentation that shows off more of the semi-open world, the relationship between Kratos and Atreus, and how their relationship will affect gameplay.
Let's take a giant leap and talk about the game that ended the last conference, Days Gone. The gameplay presentation was very divisive, and no doubt a few of you dozed off as soon as we saw zombie-looking creatures. That said, there are others who like the idea of exploring this hostile world on a motorcycle. Both of these parties need to understand that there's more to the game than what Bend showed at the last conference. Some journalists got to see more of it behind closed doors and learn about what the developers hoped to achieve in terms of gameplay. Most of these mechanics have now been nailed down, so it's time to convince the doubters. Sam Witwer, who gives his voice to the game's main character, has said that Days Gone will be at E3 "in a big way" and trust us: he's not kidding.
One game that didn't get as much stage time, but that still took the world by storm, was Insomniac Games' Spider-Man. The trailer they showed actually contained a few snippets of gameplay, but expect a lot more tonight. Insomniac is known for their amazing graphics and entertaining gameplay, so we expect to learn how they'll bring this super-powered adventure to life with the man that can do whatever a spider can. It'll be very interesting to see how the young hero's acrobatics and attitude are translated into the game.
Quantic Dream loves to take its time over a game, with David Cage always seeking perfection in his cinematic adventures. When we got to see Detroit: Become Human last year, the focus was on presenting a new character and show how our choices can affect the gameplay in different ways. It definitely looked like a Quantic Dream title. The only problem was that they still didn't have a release date for us. We've heard that the game has been delayed several times without the public's knowledge, and that's why they haven't dared to announce a specific date. Fortunately, it would seem that something is happening this year. Cage has said that the game will be shown during the conference and the studio went out celebrating something a few days ago. Was it just because they'd finished the E3 presentation, or something else?
Cinematic games aren't for everyone, but Sony hopes that Knack 2 will be. Knack's return was revealed during PlayStation Experience last December and was slated to release this autumn. They only showed a trailer on stage, but we got to play a few lengthy sections of the game. That demo was very polished and fun, so we're fairly sure that the game is on track for its release this year. Sony knows gamers have mixed feelings about the original, and that they need to show everyone why the sequel shouldn't be written off. Expect to see more gameplay and a release date.
Do you remember Dreams? The Little Big Planet developers' next game where you can create environments and creatures by forming a clay-like substance? Unless you follow Media Molecule on social media, we doubt it. The Brits haven't shared all that much from the game lately, but have been hiring to add "the finishing touches". Finishing touches can mean so many different things in the gaming industry, but Sony knows they'll have to get it out the door sooner rather than later. People have started forgetting, losing interest, and they need to fix this by showing the game on stage.