The last few years of Sony’s E3 press conferences have been a complete and utter slog. Sony have said all of about five words and then trooped out dozens of game trailers that have been nigh on impossible to keep up with. It has, from my perspective both as a view and as someone trying to keep up with the announcements, been exhausting and done little to actually show what these games are about.
Sony’s press conference this year will be on 11th June at 6PM PDT – that’s 12th June at 2AM in the UK – and thankfully they’re changing tack.
On the PlayStation Blogcast, Sony Worldwide Studios boss Shawn Layden explained that they’ll be stopping to take breath every once in a while. He explained “E3 this year will feature exclusive looks and deep dives on four upcoming titles, four of our big titles.”
Those four games are Death Stranding from Kojima Productions, Ghosts of Tsushima from Sucker Punch, Spider-Man from Insomniac Games and The Last of Us Part 2. Outside of Spider-Man, none of these games have had any gameplay shown, despite Death Stranding and The Last of Us Part 2 having also been announced back in 2016.
Of course, that’s not all Sony will be showing, as Layden says they will still be joined by third parties on their stage. We’ll doubtless see the likes of Destiny and Call of Duty appearing alongside these four first party games and Sony may have a few extra surprises, but changing the focus of the E3 conferences away from endless trailers can only be a good thing in my opinion.
You can listen to the Blogcast here: