E3 2018 is only around a week away so the theories are flying around about what we’ll see at this year’s expo. We’ve covered a few of the Publishers already such as Xbox and Nintendo so now it’s time to turn our attention to Sony.
Sony has already come out and made it known that they will be focusing on four major titles at this year’s showcase but that doesn’t mean there won’t be any surprises. Here is what I expect to see at the PlayStation Showcase this E3.
The Big Four
Ahead of their showcase, Sony has already stated that they will put a big focus on four of their major upcoming titles: The Last of Us: Part II, Death Stranding, Marvel’s Spider-Man, and Ghost of Tsushima. All of these outside of Spider-Man we have seen nothing in regards to actual gameplay. I fully expect to see at least a 10 minute gameplay demo for each of these titles. Spider-Man comes out in just a few more months but the other three are all 2019 or maybe even 2020 titles so it will be great to see more about each of them. While these four titles will take up a lot of the show I expect to be blown away by each one.
Third Party Surprises
While Sony will spend a lot of time on those four titles they did say there will be announcements from their third party partners and independent developers as well.
Call of Duty: Black Ops IIII
Based on past traditions, I would expect to see a Call of Duty: Black Ops IIII gameplay video during this segment. Sony continues to partner with Call of Duty and while in the past they used this opportunity to show off a single player campaign mission that won’t be possible this year. Instead I think we will get our first look at the Blackout Mode which is their version of Battle Royale.
Destiny 2 Fall Expansion
After that expect to see a trailer for the big Destiny 2 expansion arriving in September. Sony has a deal for the duration of the Destiny franchise life-cycle so expect to see it here and to get some word on what exclusive content PlayStation players will get with it.
Devil May Cry V
Everyone has heard the rumors by now of Devil May Cry V. The title was rumored to have been pushed from PSX 2017 to E3 2018 and now is the time for it to show. Capcom has already said they plan to release two major titles this fiscal year and I’m sure this is one of them. Capcom has also announced a game each of the past two PlayStation E3’s (Resident Evil VII and Monster Hunter World) and then released said title the following January. It’s been a ten years since Devil May Cry 4 released and I expect to see a gameplay video showing Classic Dante and Nero’s return. I don’t know if the rumors about it being exclusive or timed exclusive to PS4 will be true but I’m sure it will be there.
Resident Evil 2 Remake
That’s right I think not only will Capcom show Devil May Cry V here but they will also finally take the wraps off of Resident Evil 2 Remake. It’s been several years now since they announced they were working on this and now seems like the perfect time. We’ve heard some rumors about details regarding the game and again we know Capcom has plans for two major titles. I could easily see this being the other one.
Red Dead Redemption 2
This one I’m a little iffy on whether it will show up here or not. Rockstar has always been one to do things on their own time and usually they skip E3. However, Grand Theft Auto V was shown on the Sony stage twice. Once when they revealed a PS3 bundle for Grand Theft Auto V and again when they announced the remaster for PlayStation 4. For that reason I’m leaning towards it being there more with some kind of new trailer perhaps giving us our first look at gameplay. I also expect to hear something regarding the exclusive content for PlayStation players that was previously teased.
No New Hardware
Sony has come out ahead of the conference and said that they have no plans to show any new hardware at this year’s show and I believe them. PlayStation 5 is still at least two years away I believe and with the PS4 still selling so well and many great games still on the way for it there is no reason to take any steam out of its sails by announcing a new console. Likewise I don’t expect to hear about a PlayStation VR 2 either. Sony is still trying to establish a bigger install base of VR owners and rather than make a new model I think they will continue to offer deals on the current headset and keep introducing new games and experiences to try to convince people to jump in.
Other First-Party Updates
Outside of the big four, I expect to get some updates on a few other exclusive games during the show. Back at PSX 2017, Sony announced that they were remastering Medieval for the PS4. Now I’m not sure if this is going to be a remaster like Parappa or Crash but I expect to find out soon. I also expect to see new trailers or some kind of montage reel featuring Dreams, Day’s Gone, Patapon 2 Remastered and more.
PlayStation VR will likely get a sizzle reel as well showing off upcoming titles such as Vacation Simulator, Firewall: Zero Hour, Blood & Truth, The Persistence, Golem, Star Child, and Ace Combat 7. Along with these I expect a couple big new announcements including Fallout 4 VR and a sequel to the crowd favorite from E3 2017, Moss. That’s right I expect to see the next book of Moss this year and to find out when we can join Quill on her journey once again.
One of the things many people complained about last year after the PlayStation Press Conference is that there were hardly any new announcements in regards to exclusives. Shadow of the Colossus Remake was about the only one and while that was an amazing treat most people wanted more. Unfortunately, I expect this show to follow about the same trend which is why I expect to see new games from third parties instead. If you look at the landscape most of Sony’s first party studios are either working on a game or just recently released a game in the past 12 months or so.
I simply think it’s too soon to get any kind of teaser for a Horizon 2 and certainly too soon for anything related to the next God of War. However there are a couple wild cards I want to throw out there. Bluepoint Games did just release the Shadow of the Colossus Remake back in February but they have already said they are working on another remaster even bigger in scope than it. Some rumors say this could be a Syphon Filter Remake or maybe a remake of one of the Metal Gear Solid games. I wouldn’t be too surprised if we found out what this was on Sony’s stage.
The other wild card could be Sony Japan Studio. Japan Studio has released many games for the PS4 including Gravity Rush 2, Knack 2, The Last Guardian, Bloodborne, Everybody’s Golf and more. If anyone had anything to show from Worldwide Studios it would be them and it could be a Bloodborne 2 (doubtful) or maybe Fumito Ueda’s next game that he appeared to be teasing at the end of last year. It’s also possible that maybe they are working on a new IP or perhaps one of Sony’s older IP’s.
Well that’s our predictions for what you can expect to see from PlayStation at E3 2018. The PlayStation Showcase takes place Monday, June 11 at 9PM Est so be sure to tune in to see what they have to show.