E3 2018 is approaching, and expectations for the big event are growing higher by the day. While it’s looking like Microsoft, Nintendo, and several other publishers will have some compelling content for E3, a lot of eyes are on Sony. Recently, the company revealed that it’ll have four major games to show at E3: Death Stranding, Ghost of Tsushima, Spider-Man, and The Last of Us: Part II. In addition to these titles, it’ll also highlight several third-party games coming to the platform, but no new hardware will be shown.
Sony in particular has had a stellar showing at E3 in the last few years, revealing games like the Final Fantasy VII: Remake, God of War, Resident Evil 7, and Days Gone–some of which are still awaiting their release. On top of this, the publisher has also managed to secure impressive third-party exclusives, which includes content for Destiny 2 and Call of Duty. Because of this, there’s been a lot of anticipation and speculation regarding what Sony could have in store for its press conference this year.
Here are our big predictions for what could be coming to the PS4, and what types of games have a chance of making a showing.
Kojima Will Debut Death Stranding’s Gameplay, Confusing Everyone Even Further
Three trailers in and we’re pretty desperate to hear more about what Death Stranding is actually about. So far we’ve only gotten vague details about the story and how it’ll play. While the surreal imagery of previous trailers have piqued people’s’ curiosity, we can’t imagine that another teaser will do Death Stranding any favors. Intrigue can only take a game so far; we need something more substantial.
We’re thinking Kojima will take the stage once again at this year’s Sony press conference to go into explicit detail about Death Stranding, as well as show off actual gameplay footage. We’d love to see an in-depth demonstration of the life/death and timefall mechanics that Kojima discussed late last year. At the very least, we’re can see Kojima will giving the audience more of a sense of how it’ll feel to actually play the game, as well as what its combat and UI looks like.
Death Stranding has garnered massive interest due to the sense of mystery that veils its story and gameplay. We’re hoping that Kojima and Sony will provide some answers to the questions that its initial trailers gave us. | Matt Espineli
A New Remaster Of A Classic Playstation Game Will Be Announced
We know that Sony is going to put a big focus on four games at its E3 2018 press conference, but if the last few years are anything to go by, remakes and remastered versions of classic PlayStation games are almost a sure bet as well. Like, a sure, sure bet. At E3 2014, we got The Last of Us Remastered. The next year at E3 2015, the Final Fantasy VII Remake was finally announced, and at PSX we got Rez: Infinite. E3 2016: Crash Bandicoot remaster. PSX 2016: Parappa the Rapper, Loco Roco, Patapon, and Wipeout all had remasters announced. At PSX 2017, we also saw the reveal of MediEvil Remastered, another revival of a classic PS1 series.
Finally, the recent remake for Shadow of the Colossus, announced at E3 2017 was released this year and earned critical acclaim. The studio behind the title, Bluepoint Games, is already at work on another remake. So chances are very good that we’ll hear about that project, or at least another remastered re-release. Is it going to be Ico? Ape Escape? Syphon Filter? The Getaway? The Bouncer? TOKYO JUNGLE? Ah look, they’ll probably get to them all eventually anyway. | Edmond Tran
The Last Of Us: Part II Will Get A Release Date
The Last of Us was one of Sony’s most critically acclaimed titles from the previous generation, and many fans have been anxiously awaiting more info about the sequel. Though we’ve seen two trailers showcasing The Last of Us: Part II‘s new visuals and darker tone, Naughty Dog has avoided sharing too much about the continuation of Ellie and Joel’s story. However, Sony has confirmed that Part II will be one of the four major titles that the publisher will focus on during this year’s E3.
Sony has been on a roll as of late with their slate of exclusives like God of War and Horizon: Zero Dawn, both selling beyond expectations and earning wide praise. And while The Last of Us: Part II is expected to attract that same attention, Sony would do well to go beyond just presenting the gameplay demo and leaving fans hanging. To make Naughty Dog’s return to its bleak and emotionally draining world all the more exciting, we predict that Sony will also reveal the game’s release date. The timing seems just right for Naughty Dog’s next game to show the beginning signs of its release, and E3 2018 would be the perfect place to do it. | Alessandro Fillari
From Software Will Debut A New IP
At The Game Awards in 2017, From Software debuted a 30-second teaser trailer, giving us an incredibly brief hint at its next project. While a lot of people were naturally excited to assume it’s new Dark Souls or Bloodborne game, a closer look suggests something completely different, at least thematically. The visuals we got showed a bony-looking contraption in front of a scroll of Japanese calligraphy. The device is cast in iron and wrapped in bloody string that’s slowly pulled taut. This is accompanied by audio of rain, the sound of a shakuhachi (Japanese flute), and a taiko drum.
From Software has a few feudal Japan-themed franchises in its roster–most prominently, the stealth-action series Tenchu, hack-and-slash game Otogi, and the survival horror game Kuon–but it’s also entirely possible that it’ll launch a new title altogether. After all, Demon’s Souls, Dark Souls, and Bloodborne were all new properties spawned in the last decade which caused huge waves, and we wouldn’t put it past From Software to do it all again. | Edmond Tran
Sony Will Reveal Red Dead Redemption 2 Exclusive Content For PS4
All the way back in 2016, PlayStation and Rockstar Games announced that some Red Dead Redemption 2 online content would be made available first on PS4. In the almost two years since then, we have not heard a peep about what form this content may take or how long it’ll be exclusive to PS4 players. We think that we’ll finally learn more about this during Sony’s E3 2018 briefing. Rockstar does not usually do much of anything at E3 on its own. However, the company announced GTA V’s PS4 edition on Sony’s stage back in 2014, so there is precedent of Rockstar making announcements through Sony at E3.
Red Dead Redemption 2 is going to be one of the biggest games of 2018, and an announcement about exclusive content would be a big win for Sony to potentially help drive people to pick up the PS4 edition. This content will be for Red Dead Redemption 2’s online mode (which we also don’t know anything about), so it would be exciting to see a new trailer for the game at E3 that shows off how Rockstar is building upon the gargantuan success of GTA Online for the new Western. | Eddie Makuch
Another Surprise Exclusive For PS4 Will Be Announced
Sony’s PlayStation press conferences have been really fun to watch in the past few years, and part of the reason is because it always throws curveballs at us. Announcements and surprises of brand-new things it managed to keep secret–things we had no idea were coming and no idea we wanted. The announcement of Sucker Punch’s Ghost of Tsushima, Insomniac’s Spider-Man, Bend Studio’s Days Gone, Kojima Productions’ Death Stranding, Resident Evil 7, and Shenmue 3 were all things that caught us unaware. We know that Sony’s E3 2018 press conference is going to put a big focus on four games, but that doesn’t mean it doesn’t have something else up its sleeve too. | Edmond Tran