After an incredibly strong showing from Microsoft earlier tonight (catch up on all the news from that right here), Sony had its work cut out for it to make an impact at E3 2015. Then some absolutely unbelievable things happened. Here's how it went, play by play.
- Well, that's one way to open a press conference! The long-awaited return of The Last Guardian, which actually made me screech "I CAN'T BELIEVE THIS IS REALLY HAPPENING" out loud. It looks beautiful - if also strangely unchanged from its first showing in 2009. What *have* they been doing all this time? It's out in 2016, and in case you don't believe me (understandable), here's the trailer.
- Fumito Ueda was even there to see its re-reveal. He has hardly aged at all.
- A new game from Guerrilla was announced next: Horizon: Zero Dawn. It has robot lizards, robot giraffe-things and... robot dinosaurs, which we saw the protagonist hunting. The designs of the robo-animals are pretty stunning - it looks like Monster Hunter with robocreatures. Intrigued.
- Hitman returns on console and PC. The trailer gave the strong impression that they might not have a game yet, but the beta will be coming to the PlayStation 4 first, with some annoying PlayStation-exclusive gameplay as well.
- A new Street Fighter 5 trailer proved popular with the crowd - there'll be a beta on July 23rd.
- Lovely Sean Murray showed some actual No Man's Sky gameplay, finally. The footage did a lot to emphasise how enormous - indeed, almost endless - its universe is. It beggars belief. Murray then picked a planet at random and, well, we turned up there, in an undiscovered solar system. Then he landed on a planet and had a wander around, revealing destructible environments, robot sentinels that protect planets, and new species of fish.
- Media Molecule lifted the lid on what it's been working on for years. It is not what you would expect. It's called Dreams, and the game aims to take you through the feeling of a lucid dream, creating and sharing your own or playing through others', in a giant dream-network. (I promise this happened, I'm not just tired/on drugs.) You sculpt dreams using your controller, out of a kind of weird clay, and then you can control those dream creations like puppets. It is so weird. See for yourself:
- Campo Santo's Firewatch looked less weird, but still extremely cool. It's a survival-mystery game set in the Wyoming wilderness.
- Activision outlined the next steps for Destiny. The Taken King was officially announced, after we discovered it a little while back.
- Some more Assassin's Creed Syndicate, some more cockerney accents. Incidentally, at one point this evening a Ubisoft rep said that this was the first time you can use a gang in an Assassin's Creed game, but wasn't that literally the entire premise of Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood? Anyway, this showing focussed on Evie, and there are some more of those annoying console-exclusive missions.
- The only thing cuter than World of Final Fantasy is Yoshi's Woolly World, and it's a close call. Chibi Final Fantasy is freaking adorable. It's a PS4 and Vita game for 2016. We don't *really* know what it is - I guess we'll find out tomorrow at Square Enix.
- HOLD THE FUCKING PHONE, IT'S A FINAL FANTASY 7 REMAKE. It's the E3 where all our dreams are coming true! Final Fantasy 7 Remake will be "first" on PS4. Quick, look at the trailer:
- And on to some indie games from Devolver... wait, SHENMUE FUCKING 3? SHENMUE 3 IS A REAL GAME? What is this conference? What's next, Half-Life 3? Silent Hills? WHAT IS HAPPENING
- I'm sorry. Let's try that again: Yu Suzuki announced Shenmue 3 on-stage, launching a Kickstarter for the game. Shenmue 3 needs $2,000,000 to become reality. I have a sneaking suspicion that it will not have any trouble meeting that goal.
- To be honest I lost track of the conference for a bit after this because I wasn't sure what reality was any more. There was something about TV. Arkham Knight's Scarecrow missions are exclusive to PS4. Then Activision showed 4-player campaign co-op for Call of Duty: Black Ops 3, following its notable absence from Xbox's conference. And, unsurprisingly, it seems maps and DLC will now be coming first to PS4, not Xbox. The beta will also be out first on PS4.
- There's an exclusive Disney Infinity 3.0 starter pack for PlayStation.
- There was a first showing of Star Wars Battlefront's Survival mode, a wave-based single player or co-op mode.
- Uncharted 4 was saved for last. Tragically, there were some technical issues: the controller didn't work, Drake stood still for a minute, and then the thing restarted. After that, it was all good - Nathan moved through a crowd, then through a market, then got caught up in a firefight, then there was some fisticuffs, then we saw some brand new vehicular gameplay.
And that was that. If you'd told me that any one of those three incredible announcements would happen yesterday morning, I would have laughed in your face. Instead:
I died. I am now dead.
— Keza MacDonald (@kezamacdonald) June 16, 2015
Catch up on other E3 happenings:
Everything That Happened at Microsoft's E3 2015 Conference
Everything That Happened at EA's E3 2015 Conference
Everything That Happened at Ubisoft's E3 2015 Conference
Everything That Happened at Bethesda's E3 2015 Conference