Wrapping up the day of Media Briefing comes SONY, who had a solid showing of first party games as well as a new game from the creators of Heavy Rain.
Starting off the conference, President and CEO of Sony Computer Entertainment of America Jack Tretton took to the stage to give his salute to the players. The theme of the conference was to “never stop playing,” as Tretton repeated how gamers need to keep gaming into order to have more great games. At the end of his speech, Tretton motioned to SONY President Kaz Hirai in the audience, who took a bow.
After the introductions, Tretton introduced David Cage of Quantic Dreams, the creator of Heavy Rain, to announce their new IP: Beyond. Starring Ellen Page as Jodie Holmes, the game takes place over 15 years of her life. The trailer showed a police officer gently talking to a catatonic Jodie. It is learned that he had found her on the side of the road, and as he asks her questions a cup a coffee smashes into the wall. Moments later a SWAT team burst into the station, leading to a stand-off. The engine running the game was beautiful, and while its premise is still a bit confusing, knowing Quantic Dreams it’ll definitely be an innovative title.
Next was PlayStation All-Stars: Battle Royale, as a gameplay demo showed Sweet Tooth, Sly Cooper, Fat Princess and Kratos faced-off is a Super Smash Bros. style brawl. After the match (with winner Fat Princess) Chan Park of Superbot Entertainment announced two new characters for the game: Nathan Drake from the Uncharted Series, and Big Daddy from BioShock. The game is scheduled for a Holiday 2012 release.
Tretton then took the stage again to talk about the PlayStation Vita and its cross-platform play which would allow playing games like Battle Royale and Little Big Planet 2. He also mentioned the 1500 games on the PlayStation Network, and that SONY wants to work with more independent developers, making references to the indie titles Journey and the Unfinished Swan. Also coming to Vita are PlayStation One Classic titles, starting with the original Tomb Raider and Final Fantasy VII.
Assassin’s Creed 3 took the stage, but not before Tretton announced its PlayStation Vita offshoot Assassin’s Creed: Liberation starring the series’ first female Assassin. During the Assassin’s Creed 3 demo, Conner took the revolution to the seas as attendees witness boat combat for the first time.
Then for the second time today, Dan Hay came to a press conference to talk about Far Cry 3. This time, showing 4 player co-op during a live game demo on stage.
Move was next on the SONY’s list, showing that the company still has hope for its motion controller. Tretton mentioned PlayStation has over 250 titles support Move, and mentioned Epic Mickey 2, BioShock Infinite, and Sports Champions 2. Lastly came the announcement of a new Move/Eyeplay titled called Wonderbook: Book of Spells during which the company teamed up with J.K. Rowling to deliver a potentially innovative story-telling experience by using both EyePlay and the Move controller, which is aiming to launch this holiday season.
The last two cards up SONY’s sleeves were their in-house developed games, God of War: Ascension – with a live gameplay demo that showcased Kratos killing not only a Goat Man, but an Elephant Man as well – and the much anticipated The Last of Us. The post-apocalyptic atmosphere is simply stunning in Naughty Dog’s newest game, as the engine looks beautiful as protagonists Ellie and Joel climb through the greenery that covers their world, and they fight for their lives again mercenaries.
As the demo wrapped up, so did the conference as Tretton reminded those watching, again, to never stop playing. With SONY done, it’s a wrap for the majority of the press conferences, with Nintendo giving their conference tomorrow morning. Interesting enough though, this was supposedly the last E3 before new consoles next year and neither Microsoft nor Sony announced a hardware price cut. Could there be more time left in this current generation than previously anticipated?