We are only days away from the start of E3 2017 and I figured it was about time to provide my final thoughts on what we might see from PlayStation at this years show. Over the past couple years Sony has shocked and amazed fans at E3 such as in 2015 when they finally brought back The Last Guardian or made dreams come true by announcing Shenmue 3 and Final Fantasy VII Remake. In 2016 they caused jaws to drop again by revealing the new God of War, Days Gone, Spider Man and Death Stranding from Hideo Kojima. So what can Sony do this year to top those shows?
1. God of War Gets a New Gameplay Demonstration and a Release Date of March 2018
Perhaps the biggest game of Sony’s show last year will have a big presence this year as we already know God of War will be at E3 in a big way. I fully expect to see more gameplay from the game showing off more of the features and a huge boss battle of sorts to show why old God of War fans should still be excited by the new direction of the latest entry. All of this will wrap up with a release date of March 2018.
2. Sucker Punch Reveals their new IP + Trailers for First Party Games
I think a pretty safe bet for Sony’s show this year is that Sucker Punch should be announcing the new IP they’ve been working on the past few years. Infamous Second Son and First Light are around three years old now so it’s about time we see what is next from the team. I think whatever it is will still be an open world game but outside of that I have no ideas. I don’t even think you’ll see gameplay but rather a trailer running on the in game engine. I don’t expect a release date either.
Also expect to get updates but not huge ones on some of Sony’s other first party games. Expect a new trailer for Detroit: Become Human with a 2018 release window, a new trailer for Dreams with a 2018 release window along with a release of the Beta that night, and a trailer for Uncharted: The Lost Legacy.
3. From Software and Sony Partner up Again
Another game I expect to see at E3 is something new from Sony and From Software. Now I’m still hoping we get the Bloodborne 2 that we all have been asking for but new rumors have pointed to a new IP with an Aztek setting. Regardless if we get Bloodborne 2 or this new IP the game is going to be good coming from From Software so count me excited either way. Expect a release date of early 2018 for the game.
4. Sony Bend Reveals More of Days Gone
Another game to expect to see a lot more of is Days Gone from Sony Bend. This game closed out the show last E3 and while the sheer amount of zombie creatures on screen was impressive the game still looked pretty rough. Now a year later we should get a more in depth look at the game and we already heard from the main characters voice actor that Days Gone will be at E3 in a “big way.” A new stage demo will show us why we should be excited and Sony will surprise everyone by announcing it will be out in September or October of 2017.
5. Marvel and Insomniac Bring Spider Man to the Show with a 2017 Release Date
Another big game from last you I think we’ll see a lot more is is Insomniac Game’s Spider Man. The brief glimpse we got last year looked impressive but I think we’ll be even more surprised by how good it will look this year. Expect to see a gameplay demo of this as well and a release date of September 2017.
6. Third Parties Show off New Gameplay and a Couple Surprises
Of course Sony has a ton of marketing deals this year for many third party games so expect to see trailers/gameplay demos of games like Call of Duty: WWII, Destiny 2, Marvel vs. Capcom Infinite, Star Wars Battlefront 2 and more. Expect to hear about the exclusive content Destiny 2 players will get and that you’ll be able to play the Destiny 2 Beta first on PS4. Marvel vs Capcom Infinite will probably reveal a few new characters while Star Wars Battlefront 2 will get another PlayStation VR exclusive mode utilizing the new PlayStation VR Aim controller.
I also expect a few new game surprises here and I think they will mainly be Japanese games from some recent hints by Sony. Besides the next From Software Game I also think Capcom will show something new whether it’s Monster Hunter 5 or Devil May Cry 5.
7. PlayStation VR Gets more Games
Sony will show off several new games for the PlayStation VR both from their own first party studios as well as a few third party ones as well. Expect to see a sizzle reel of some of the most recent games such as Farpoint as well as upcoming games like The Persistence, ARK Park and more. I’d also expect to see mentions again that both Gran Turismo Sport and Dreams will have VR support.
8. Some New Indie Games Get the Spotlight
While it seems Sony has been pushing indies less and less at E3 the past couple of years I do think we’ll get at least one big indie game announcement this year and that will be the long awaited next game from thatgamecompany. They were the studio that brought us Flower and Journey and I’m sure whatever their next game is will be just as great. It’s been five years since Journey came out so I think it’s about time we hear something. Other than that expect an indie game sizzle reel with some hot upcoming games included like Pyre, Nex Machina, and Knights and Bikes.
9. The Last of Us Part 2 is a No Show
Finally my last prediction is that The Last of Us Part 2 will be a no show at this year’s E3. Now I could be very wrong on this but Sony did say at PSX 2016 that the game was in very early development but they wanted to give a brief glimpse anyway. Now I think they could show another cinematic trailer but that isn’t what Naughty Dog typically does. They typically follow up with a gameplay demo and there is no way I think they have anything ready to show there. I think they let their other big games like God of War and Days Gone have the spotlight this year and save The Last of Us Part 2 for either PSX 2017 or E3 2018.