Sony’s E3 2018 Press Conference Will Focus On Four Exclusive Games

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.

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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:

Source: PlayStation Blogcast, EU PS Blog

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10 Comments

  1. Oh good, Tues is my day off so i’ll stay up for the conference.

  2. No Days Gone?

    • It looks like Game Informer are showcasing Days Gone this month.
      I just watched an hour of gameplay from the beginning of the game and it looks good.
      It has a real Mad Max vibe with your motorcycle being a big focus but with a more dynamic open world.

  3. Would be nice if Sony showed some support for PSVR. I think it needs some 1st party games at E3.

  4. I’m sure we’ll something else – like PSVR stuff, Medievil Remastered, perhaps Dreams, and maybe one new outing.

    As for Bluepoint’s next remake, Concrete Genie and Days Gone that’s for either the big European convention (which ever that is this year) and then there’s WILD. I’m quite worried about that one as it seems that Michel Ancel have their hands full with Beyond Good and Evil 2.

  5. I thought Dreams might be one of the four but I can’t say I’m disappointed that it isn’t tbh.

    One thing that really bugs me about these events is teasers for games that are 3-4 years away from being released. It’s like they all gather backstage for a quick brainstorming sesh and announce their ideas as upcoming games.

    To be fair, all four of Sony’s games do look fantastic. But I’d already seen enough to know I was buying them two years ago. I just want to play the damn things at this point.

    I know it isn’t a Sony exclusive but what ever happened to WiLD? Did they run out of money or something?

  6. I wish Sony would move their conference to an earlier time for us in Europe, by one hour would do as I’m normally up to around 2:30 am.

  7. So they have room to show the next console perhaps.

    • That’s not going to happen, is it? With the PS4 selling so many, and no competition to worry them, even a PS5 in 2019 seems unlikely. Maybe next year, if they plan on releasing it early in 2020 and not around November.

      And they’ve already said there’ll be no new hardware announcements.

  8. Given that Media Molecule have promised a 2018 release for Dreams, and the beta is still to come, I’d say an E3 appearance is very likely.

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