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THE LOST GUARDIAN IS HERE
OH MY GOD, IT’S THE LAST GUARDIAN
The Last Guardian — which concludes the trilogy of Ico and Shadow of the Colossus — has been rumored at every E3 for years, and it’s never actually appeared… until now. It was a bombshell of an event opener for Sony, with a short, highly cinematic gameplay demo. More incredibly, the game has a release date, albeit a worryingly vague one: it’s coming to PlayStation 4 next year.
POST-APOCALYPTIC MECHA-DINO BOW HUNTING
That’s essentially the premise of Horizon: Zero Dawn, based on the demonstration we got at E3. There’s no release date, but it’s being developed by Killzone studio Guerrilla Games.
YET ANOTHER HITMAN
I understand that the Hitman series does actually have a fairly complex body of lore, but its trailers are all virtually interchangeable. I’d be hard-pressed to tell you how this latest iteration differs from any of the previous ones, except that I think Agent 47 is wearing a hat and there are terrifying fashion models involved. Is that enough to sell you on it? It had better be.
STREET FIGHTER V, EARLY NEXT YEAR
Street Fighter V probably won’t exactly be a revolutionary new title, but it’s a welcome continuation of the classic fighting game series, which has been making do with expansions to Street Fighter IV for the past several years. The game should be arriving by March of 2016, and an open preorder beta is coming exclusively to PlayStation 4 in July.
NO MAN’S SKY: STILL REALLY COLORFUL
No Man’s Sky is the kind of game that is both incredibly exciting and a little worrying. Will a whole universe of procedurally generated planets actually be fun to explore? What do you do on them, anyways? The 2015 E3 demo didn’t give us satisfactory answers to those questions, but we’re getting closer, hopefully. Unfortunately, there’s still no release date, though one is coming “soon.”
A BIG EXPANSION FOR DESTINY
Destiny, the massively multiplayer shooter from Bungie, has gotten a couple of expansions, but The Taken King is supposed to be the biggest so far. Among other things, it will include a new map, new gear, and a new strike mission when it comes out in September.
FINAL FANTASY 7 AND SHENMUE
As if The Last Guardian weren’t enough, it’s a very good year for Japanese game fans. For one thing, Final Fantasy 7 is being remade, though that’s just about all we know. (Well, except that the remake is green. Very, very green. And that it’s coming first, but not necessarily exclusively, to the PlayStation 4.) For another, the Shenmue series has a third installment up on Kickstarter. It’s not exactly a guarantee, but there’s a… pretty good chance fans will fund it to victory.
PROJECT MORPHEUS WILL DO SOMETHING
It’s about time to start getting some real news for Project Morpheus, the PlayStation-based VR headset that’s coming out next year. Unfortunately, Sony wasn’t forthcoming at tonight’s event, except to say that it hopes VR will be a social experience.
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