Japanese games on home consoles have made quite the comeback in 2017. On PlayStation 4 we’ve had a slew of hot imports one after the other, including Yakuza 0, Nioh, Gravity Rush 2, Resident Evil VII, Persona 5, and Nier: Automata. The list keeps on growing and, more surprisingly, each one has scored big with critics.
In an interview with TIME, Sony’s Shawn Layden confirmed that Japanese games will have a big presence during this year’s E3. Here’s an excerpt from the interview:
I think a lot of Japanese developers lost their way chasing the mobile games yen, if you will, but they’re coming back to console in a major way. And speaking of, we’ll have some big announcements at E3 in that precise vein.
For many, this may come as somewhat of a surprise. With the Tokyo Game Show coming in late September, most Japanese-developed games are usually announced there. However, as we previously touched on, these titles have been big business for Sony as of late. Not only that, they help to diverse the PlayStation’s already mammoth software lineup.
So, what games could be making an appearance on-stage you ask? For a while now, there have been rumours surrounding a potential Bloodborne sequel now that Hidetaka Miyazaki is stepping away from the Dark Souls saga. As for Deep Down, Capcom has been sitting on its own PS4 online RPG for years now, an announcement expected some time soon.
Come back later to see a comprehensive breakdown of our Sony E3 2017 predictions.