By Jeff Neuenschwander / August 12th, 2014
NOTE: This article will be updated periodically as more information and images become available.
It’s a tale of two console generations still. The PS4 is dominating, the Vita is struggling, and Sony has to deal with both.
Well, they should deal with both, but choose not to mention the Vita. I guess they just wanted to play to their strength rather than fix a weakness.
But no matter. Sony is here and they are ready to take Gamescom by force. Let’s see what they have waiting for us on PS4.
But first… MONTAGE! Yes, Sony montages return, complete with glimpses of games in the line-up for this year and the next.
Anyways, we start with Sony Computer Entertainment Europe CEO Jim Ryan welcoming everyone to the conference. Wanting to flex some Sony muscles, he announces that the PS4 has sold over 10 million units worldwide in 9 months.
Beginning the stream of games is The Tomorrow Children. It’s a collaboration between Q-Games and Sony’s Worldwide Studios… and it looks bizarre.
Immediately following that came a trailer for The Vanishing of Ethan Carter from The Astronauts and Nordic Games. The game will release on September 26th. This is something that happened quite a bit during the conference, where a game would be featured and then a trailer for a different game would be shown right afterwards with no intro or wrap up.
Next we have Mike Bithell, creator of Thomas Was Alone, to talk about his new game, Volume. Inspired by Metal Gear Solid II, the game is about stealth and creativity as it tells a tale about Robyn Hode (this is how they spelled that name in the trailer). The game will be coming next year.
Following Volume came a trailer for Hollowpoint. This is part of a partnership with Paradox Interactive to bring their games to Sony consoles. The shooter is one of the games releasing in that partnership and will be coming next year. They also mentioned a second game called Runemaster, which we will hear more about at a later date.
Up next is Bohemia Interactive to talk about DayZ. The former Arma II mod is now a standalone title and is coming to PlayStation 4. The developer looks to improve the game through porting the game to the console, which has already lead to 64-bit servers on PC.
After DayZ comes a trailer for Hellblade by Ninja Theory, the developers behind games like Heavenly Sword, Enslaved and DmC. Hellblade currently has no release date but looks incredibly creepy. Good times will be had, hopefully.
Following that, we get another look at Rime from Tequila Works. This was a game that was teased at last year’s Gamescom. No release date yet.
After that, we get a quick look at 8 more indie games that will be coming. All these games will be coming to PS4 first. They are as follows:
- Dreamfall Chapters: The Longest Journey
- Nom Nom Galaxy
- Pix The Cat
- Papers, Please
- Space Brawl
- Ether One
- Q.U.B.E 2
Actually, all the games that have been mentioned so far will have their console debuts with PlayStation. In fact, two of the games listed above, Rime and The Tomorrow Children, are exclusive to PlayStation, thanks to partnerships with SCE Worldwide Studios.
With the indies done, Sony shifts gears to Destiny. Bungie came on stage and showed off a new trailer for the multiplayer aspects of the game. The MMOFPS game is coming out in a few weeks on September 9th. In addition, Sony gamers will be getting a number of timed exclusives for the game, including a number of multiplayer maps, expansions, and gear. The first expansion will launch in December.
Up next, we have Ubisoft’s Far Cry 4. The game takes place in the Himilayas as you unlock the mysteries of Shangri-La. PlayStation owners will also be getting something called “the keys to Kyrat.” This allows you to share the game with friends who don’t have it for up to 2 hours. Each game will come with 10 keys you can use.
Following Far Cry 4 is a new trailer Middle-Earth: Shadow of Mordor. This game is coming from Monolith and WB Games. The game will be coming October 3rd.
Next, we had the chance to see Hideo Kojima. Representing Konami, Kojima showed off the cardboard box footage for Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain that was shown at E3. However, new footage was shown in how to use the box to distract the enemy.
Following Kojima comes a teaser for a game called P.T. However, instead of showing off the trailer to you, there is an interactive teaser on PS4 for users to… interact with.
UPDATE: Project P.T. is more than it seems. Check this out to see what I mean.
System Software 2.0 was talked about. This update will include a number of things, such as invite friends anywhere to play the game with you without ever having to own the game you have.
Morpheus integration, PlayStation Now, and PlayStation TV were talked about, but unfortunately, the stream cut out during these moments. The good news is that the stream did work while they announced that PlayStation Now will be coming to Europe in 2015 with the UK getting the beta first. Also, PlayStation TV is coming to Europe for €99 with 3 games included.
Michael Denny then took the stage to talk about unique games coming to PlayStation consoles. First up is Until Dawn, a survival horror game that has you attempting to save 8 friends from dying.
Up next is Drive Club. The game will have a number of social features, which will include having your own club that shares points and unlocks cars together. You can also check up on things with the Drive Club App. Originally listed as a launch title, the game had been delayed indefinitely. It will now release on October 8th.
Up next are the guys from Media Molecule. They showed off a re-imagining of Tearaway for the PS4 called Tearaway Unfolded. The game was created after the team tried to find a way to port Tearaway to the PS4. However, they couldn’t quite figure it out how to port everything and opted to create a brand new installment in the young series.
Next up is a new game from Housemarque, the guys behind Resogun. This new game is called Alienation and features you going up against an army of aliens that look to take over.
Following Alienation is the final game of the night in Wild Sheep Studio’s Wild. The game appears to have you take control of a human character that tries to survive and thrive in the wild.
And with that, the conference is over. What did you guys think? Let us know in the comments below.
Also, while they didn’t show them off during the conference, they premiered new trailers before for The Order: 1886, LittleBigPlanet 3, and Bloodborne.