Bungie rallied the troops back in March and now it’s showcasing “Our Darkest Hour,” taking to E3 to introduce the latest cinematic trailer — and a sliver of PlayStation 4-exclusive content — for Destiny 2. The real reason for the new trailers, though? They coincide with concrete release info, as well as news regarding the highly anticipated game’s open beta.
Fans can now expect to get their first playable taste of the game next month. Both the PS4 and Xbox One betas are slated to be open from July 21 at 1 p.m. ET to July 24 at 12 a.m. ET. Those who pre-order the game will get to access it even earlier: July 18 at 1 p.m. ET for PS4 players, July 19 at 1 p.m. ET for Xbox owners. PC players can expect to get a beta of their own sometime this August.
Destiny 2 is now slated to hit both the PS4 and Xbox One on September 6 — two days earlier than the date that was initially announced — before making its way to PC on October 24.
Sony’s E3 press conference has revealed a host of new games, including Monster Hunter World, a Shadow Of the Colossus remake, and Undertale.
It’s long been assumed that this would be the E3 where Sony finally caught up with themselves. A previous E3s they’ve been showing off games that aren’t due to be out for two or three years, but now a lot of them are nearing completion and playable at the show itself.
That meant there were relatively few new announcements this year – certainly nothing on the scale of Final Fantasy VII remake or Shenmue III – but there were still some unexpected revelations. As well proper gameplay trailers for existing games.
There was also some encouraging new support for PlayStation VR, which you can see the trailers for here. Sony execs were barely on stage for more than a couple of minutes in the whole hour-long event, so if you watch these videos that really is almost everything…
Sony started things off with a pre-show livestream featuring trailers for games that weren’t in the main show. Why they weren’t we’re not sure, but we think they just didn’t want things to run longer than an hour. Gran Turismo Sport not only got this new trailer but also a release ‘window’ of this autumn. Although we’ve heard that one before.
In this case we can imagine why Mark Cerny’s much mocked sequel wasn’t give the start treatment, but if you really want to play a follow-up to the family-friendly launch game it’s out on September 5. The new game does at least look a bit better than the original, and now has two-player co-op.
Although most of Sony’s major internal studios are currently tied up with already announced games, frequent collaborator Supermassive managed to announce three brand new games. This one seems to be the most similar to previous hit Until Dawn, in that you’re constantly making decisions in the game which other players can also join in on via their smartphone. The extra twist is that everyone has their own hidden goal, and has to try and manipulate the story’s progression to suit them.
The cult PC game didn’t get a trailer as such, but Sony did annouce in a tweet that it’s coming to PlayStation 4 and PS Vita this summer. The role-player may not look like much but the indie game is much more than it first appears, with a cast of memorable characters and the promise that none of them has to die if you play the game well.
Uncharted: The Lost Legacy
This was the game used to kick off the press conference itself, and as you’d expect from Naughty Dog looked absolutely stunning. What was once just DLC has been expanded into its own standalone game, although some bits do look very similar to parts from Uncharted 4. The game’s out on August 22, and stars Nadine from the last game and Uncharted 2 and 3’s Chloe Frazer.
Horizon Zero Dawn: The Frozen Wilds
There wasn’t a specific release date for Horizon’s DLC but given the snowy setting we’re going to guess that it’ll be sometime around Christmas. Horizon has been one of Sony’s most successful new franchises this generation and this expansion looks pretty substantial, with a new tribe of humans and new snow-apporpriate robot creatures.
There’s still no release date for Sony Bend’s new open world adventure but the trailer does give a clearer idea of how the game plays. There’s a lot of stealth and a lot of zombies, but it’s hard not to shake the feeling that the game’s been constructed out of leftover body parts from other Sony games. The Last Of Us meets Horizon Zero Dawn seems the obvious comparison, but hopefully the game will prove to have some tricks of its own too.
Monster Hunter World
Despite what it looked like this is not a PlayStation exclusive, it’s also note a mainline Monster Hunter game, which suggests that Nintendo maintains exclusivity on that. The game is notably more Western in style, especially in terms of combat, and seem to only feature one player (which is odd given the name makes it sound like a MMO). The graphics are nice but we’re not sure existing fans are going to improve.
Shadow Of The Colossus
One of the most unexpected announcements of the night was a full-on remake of Team ICO’s classic, by the same team responsible for the PlayStation 3 remasters. The graphics have had a major upgrade but there was no sign of any new content, which many would probably deem sacrilegious anyway.
Marvel Vs. Capcom: Infinite
The interesting thing about this trailer is that it appears to contradict the leaked character line-up which fans were convinced was true. Black Panther was not mentioned in the leak and unless he’s DLC – which would be a bit odd in the context of this trailer – that brings into question the whole list. The other new characters are Thanos, Gamora, Mega Man Zero (unless that’s just a costume change), Nova, and old school Dante. Oh, and there’s also a free story demo release today.
Call Of Duty: WWII
One of the most important details at this E3 is that Sony has tied up almost all the biggest name franchises with exclusive DLC and content deals, including Star Wars: Battlefront II, FIFA 18, Destiny 2, and Call Of Duty. Only the latter two appeared at their conference though, with the Call Of Duty one showcasing the multiplayer mode for the first time. Which looks great.
God Of War
Arugably Sony’s biggest game of the show, at least as far as most Americans are concerned, at face value this open world reboot seems to have little in common with the original games. The Ancient Greek setting has been replaced with Norse mythology, the game is non-linear, and Kratos seems to have some level of empathy for other people. He’s still super violent when fighting monsters though, which at least is true to form. As expected the game has been pegged for an early 2018 release.
Detroit: Become Human
We’ve never been fans of David Cage and his games Heavy Rain and Beyond: Two Souls, but if you’ve more stomach for his peculiar style of storytelling we can at least admit its impressive that he never does the same thing twice. The android revolt idea here isn’t particularly unique but you can see the game uses a more advanced version of Beyond’s branching story lines. The facial animation seems a bit behind the curve though.
There wasn’t much to learn from the new gameplay footage here, but what is interesting is the list of PlayStation excusive content, including a unique Strike called Lake Of Shadows, exclusive gear, ships, exotic weapons, and an extra PvP map. None of which the Xbox One will have at launch. Also confirmed today is the times for the Destiny beta, with the pre-order PlayStation 4 one starting on July 18, pre-order Xbox One on July 19, and the open beta for both consoles on July 23. The PC beta is listed merely as late August, but then the PC version isn’t out till October 24 anyway.
Although the new film is out soon Insomniac’s Spider-Man game won’t be out till next year. Although the developer is best known for the Ratchet & Clank games the footage shown here looks very reminiscent of the Batman: Arkham games, except with added jokes. Look a bit closer though and you can see all kind of other Spidey-specific touches, and we particularly liked how the he can pick up objects and swing them around, especially the bit with the girder. We’re not so sure about all the QTE sequences though, or that ugly looking suit with the white logo.
Sony Interactive Entertainment announced “PlayLink,” a collection of games that take advantage of your combine your smartphone or tablet device with your PlayStation 4 to take advantage of their touchscreen and camera capabilities.
PlayLink titles are designed to be played in a group setting, and vary from gritty crime thrillers to quick-fire quizzes. These games turn your smartphone or tablet into a controller, which you can use to swipe, pinch, drag, tilt, rotate, o snap selfise and draw doodles, depending on the game.
Here is a fun title called That’s You! It’s an audacious comedy quiz which challenges you and up to five friends to get personal and find out what you really think about each other.
Featuring over 1,000 varied questions, reveal your daring side by taking part in doodle challenges and snapping selfies.
In celebration of PlayLink’s launch, PlayStation Plus members will be able to access the full version of That’s You! at no additional cost starting on July 4th.
This narrative-driven adventure drops you into a detective thriller rife with chilling moral dilemmas that may determine life or death. Up to six of you can join in to make tough decisions about how the story unfolds, but not all of you will be working towards the same objective…
Answer a variety of trivia questions and outsmart up to five opponents, with power plays and challenges thrown in to keep you on your toes. This game is all about speed and accuracy in the face of some wickedly crafted distractions from your opponents – are you up to the task?
Arcade-style fun and manic mini-games are all the rage in Frantics, where you and up to three friends have to face off in a variety of challenges. Bluff, battle, negotiate and co-operate your way to victory, but beware – mischievous host The Fox is also on hand to stir things up.
Hit the high notes with upbeat tracks, massive hits and your favorite party classics. Whether it’s your birthday, Christmas, New Year’s Eve or even just a Saturday night – SingStar Celebration is the perfect playlist to any party, with up to eight players able to join in the fun. Use your SingStar mic or combine your smartphone with the SingStar Mic App, and get ready for your big moment
Sony notes that these are just a small selection of their upcoming PlayLink titles, and that even more are in the works from the global developer community.