It's that time of the year when self-proclaimed insiders conjure up the most amazing lists of what first parties will be up to at E3 in Los Angeles. As always we'd suggest treading carefully, as Dual Shockers have posted a list of stuff that will make up Sony's E3 Press Conference:
"Uncharted PS4 3 Minute Trailer showcasing "In-engine" footage interspersed with gameplay segments. Visuals are supposedly unprecedented and set a benchmark for console graphics. Summer 2015 release date. It looks absolutely stellar. Features tropical setting and differing time periods with Nate/Francis.
Media Molecule's new title will be a landmark title for Morpheus. 3D world building, beautiful, quirky visuals.Extremely creative and fun. Possibly related to the "Entwined" trademark filed last week by SCE (not sure). Late 2015.
Gran Turismo 6 is coming to PS4 as 1080p 60FPS repackaged title in the vein of Gran Turismo 7: Prologue. Stunning visuals, extra features (social connectivity, new tracks, dlc etc). Coming mid-late 2015.
God of War 4 teaser will be present - will be CG with snippets of in-engine footage. A little early for reveal, but is designed to offset negativity surrounding canceled new IP and generate excitement - also to partially offset CG announce of Gears of War at Microsoft presser. Late 2015. Date wont be announced.
Kill Strain trademark is related to Syphon Filter reboot for PS4. Sony Bend working on revamping the franchise. Stealth, beautiful visuals and a possible Winter 2014 title. Bend finally getting to join the big boys.
Wipeout is also making the transition to PS4. Source is unsure of who is developing it, but hints that it could be Sony London, Evolution, or Firesprite.
Quantic Dream has a trailer prepared - unsure whether it is penciled in for Gamescom or E3. Sony will be watching Microsoft's presser earlier in the day to gauge whether additional titles will need to be slotted in to dampen hype. Expect Dark Sorcerer- like visuals in real time. Off-topic, but still relevant - they are close to deal to become a Worldwide Studios developer, along with Ready At Dawn.
Speaking of Ready At Dawn, The Order:1886 will get a stage demo. Big title for Fall 2014. Sony is expecting great things from said title - franchise hopes rest on its performance.
Ninja Theory working on a PS4 exclusive - possible Heavenly Sword sequel which was shelved a number of years ago. Quite far into development.
Sony London will be at E3. First AAA title in many years. 3rd person title. Gorgeous. They're back with a bang,
Guerrilla Games bringing their RPG to E3. Provocative setting - very interesting. Insane visuals as usual. A good reaction to the title is expected. Will please the hardcore.
Sucker Punch busy at work on an inFAMOUS: Second Son DLC. Really cool. New powers. Possible new setting. E3 debut.
Sony Japan Studios debuting two, maybe even three titles. Project Beast - spiritual successor to Demon Souls. The other is The Last Guardian. Retooled for PS4, possible Winter 2014 title. The Other title is shrouded in secrecy.
Evolution will give Driveclub some time in the limelight. It's shaping up to be incredible with jaw-dropping visuals. Demo release will be timed with the press conference.
The source also mentioned that the following publishers will be on stage: Ubisoft, Electronic Arts, Konami, Capcom, Warner Bros, Activision, Square Enix, Take Two.
(Update: our source followed up to clarify that he's actually not 100% sure if Rockstar will actually be on stage or Sony will just announce the next generation Ground Theft Auto V on their behalf)
There will also big titles announced for the Instant Game Collection, a segment on Project Morpheus, one on the Sony Entertainment Network and a re-introduction of PlayStation Now. Price drops will also be unveiled for the PS3 and PS Vita.
We'll also see several smaller-scale, downloadable titles and some HD collections. PS Vita Vita will get some attention, but not much - as it'll be a PS4 show. PS3 will get a montage and few new titles. Finally, the show will close with a teaser of a sequel of The Last of Us."
Our analysis: This kind of orgie of announcements would certainly be a massive show of strength from Sony. Too good to be true? Most likely. A few things strike us as odd. The level of detail on some of the stuff is rather strange at a full month out - sure CG trailers are likely being prepped, but adding credibility with details (that likely aren't widely shared, as there isn't really a need to share these things widely) is a common fake strategy. Next up you have to look at the massive amount of stuff Sony would supposedly show. Sure, they tend to go overboard at E3 with two hour showcases, but this would hardly fit into two hours even if some games are only given a little time. The Last of Us sequel teased now? Wouldn't Sony want all eyes on Uncharted 4? The amount of new titles out of Europe is also strange. Typically SCEE keep some of the big European Sony announcments in reserve for Gamescom, but if Media Molecule, Sony London, Guerrilla Games, Ninja Theory, a new Wipeout, and Quantic Dream were all to debut in LA, what's left?
This could possibly be a rough list that is being trimmed down to a final line up, but we doubt it. More likely it's simply bogus. Nevertheless, we're closing in on the biggest gaming event of the year and we're going to continue hearing rumours throughout the month.
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