E3 is on its way again and that means we can all get excited about what gaming Christmas has to offer for us! The big three are poised to deliver some big news and smash all expectations but my eyes are fixed on Sony this year. With two years of incredibly strong showings with surprises like Crash Bandicoot Remastered, Spider-man, Resident Evil 7 and of course who could forget the reveals of Final Fantasy 7 Remake and Shenmue 3!
The big question is; What do Sony need to do to win E3 this year?
Sony have a massive back catalogue of classic franchises and we all love a good sequel every now and then. But sometimes it’s nice to see something fresh, something new and something where I don’t need to play 8 other installments to enjoy. Titles like Horizon Zero Dawn prove to be massive success stories for PlayStation and Sony should capitalise on this and throw out some other new titles. More information on upcoming new IP’s like Detroit: Become Human, Days Gone and Death Stranding (More on that later) would also benefit the conference. Keep us excited and show us games we have never seen before.
Ease off on talking about extra apps
Last year’s E3 was incredible for this, Sony just shut up about PlayStation Video, That powers series that wasn’t all that great and of course all the social media you probably won’t use on PlayStation and just showed us games! That isn’t to say Sony should just show games and JUST games, but they should keep it light on the apps that don’t directly enhance a core players experience.
Kingdom Hearts 3 and Final Fantasy 7 Remake
Easily two of the most memorable moments in the last 5 years of E3 presentations is the times Sony rolled out reveals for Kingdom Hearts 3 and Final Fantasy 7 Remake. Square have been quiet about Kingdom Hearts 3 for the last few years and current official word is that the title is at least three years out. That doesn’t mean that Square cannot show off some more gameplay or another trailer. In regards to FF7 Remake it appeared that Square had learnt their lesson in regards to revealing a title and saying nothing with an appearance at E3 and the PlayStation Experience that same year it is unusual that we have heard or seen nothing since 2015. Now they really need to show these juggernauts off.
Sony have some of THE most anticipated sequels right now, with titles like The Last of Us Part Two and God of War capturing incredible hype and so they should. The Last of Us is one of the best games created and the God of War franchise has been making players into angry ash covered Spartans since 2005. From Software reportedly have been working on some sequels to existing IP’s so news of a Bloodborne 2 seems highly likely. But, if Sony want to truly blow the minds of fans across the globe they should announce a Spyro Remastered trilogy just like they did for Crash.
With this year marking the 4th year of the PS4 it would be a good time to take a look at the system and really push some improvements. In the past Sony have been very poor at updating their system with friend online notifications and custom backgrounds being features that have only recently came in. There is still plenty for Sony to do in regards to general system features but some features to focus on would definitely be a revamp of PS Now to include the option to download a title direct to your PS4. Double down on some older additions, things like the classic PS2 games are great ideas and with trophy support it makes going back and playing these older titles exciting but it matters not when the PS2 classics section receive so few updates. Sony really need to double down on their features and implement features fans have been shouting about for the last four years… like changing your PlayStation ID… because I am not as attached to the same ID I had back in 2006 when I was only 12 years old…
With the build up to E3 comes leaks and leaks tend to ruin some pretty damn epic surprises before they even happen. However, when they do workout the reaction is crazy. Remember the feeling of utter disbelief and joy seeing Final Fantasy 7 Remake AND Shenmue 3 in the same press conference? Or, when Shaun Layden walked out onto the stage and announced Crash Bandicoot Remastered. E3 is at its best when huge reveals unfold right in front of your eyes, I still get goosebumps thinking about the out of the blue reveal of Resident Evil 7.