E3 2012: A Recap
The Electronic Entertainment Expo, or E3, has just concluded its week-long celebration of upcoming video game releases and what we can expect from console makers such as Sony. For many video game fans, 2012 will go down in history is one of the less exciting E3 years; not a lot of new games were shown and Sony kept quiet about any mention of the PS4. Or did they? If you read between the lines, the PS4 is closer than we think.
While Sony demonstrated a few PS3 games, none of these games were truly new; we had either seen them before (The Last of Us, God of War: Ascension) or they were games that had already been hinted at coming (Beyond: Two Souls). There were no surprise PS3 game announcements, or really any game announcements at all, as Sony was content to show off the few major games it had left to publish. Historically, this only occurs when the majority of developers, including Sony, are hard at work on the next system; in this case, the PlayStation 4. To put it simply, there aren't any new PS3 games left to show outside of what is already in-progress because Sony and its developers are hard at work on PS4 games. By next E3, most of these PS3 games shown at this year's E3 will already see a release, leaving Sony ready to demonstrate the PS4 and its upcoming launch lineup of games. For current Sony fans, consider this E3 to be the "last hurrah" of the PS3 and for E3 2013 to be all about the PS4.
But let's turn our gaze back to E3 2012 and take a look at what Sony did show. God of War: Ascension received a release date of March 12th, 2013 while Naughty Dog showed off in-game footage of The Last of Us along with revealing new information about the gameplay mechanics. David Cage unveiled Beyond: Two Souls, which stars Ellen Page in a supernatural story featuring more action than we have previously seen in a Quantic Dream game. Sony unveiled two new fighters for PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale: Nathan Drake, who fans knew was coming, and a Big Daddy from BioShock, which caught everyone off guard. Sony has hinted that even more third-party characters will be in the game as well. We saw the unveiling of Watch Dogs from Ubisoft, along with new Assassins Creed 3 and Far Cry 3 information. However, one game was missing: Sony's The Last Guardian. SCEA senior vice president of product development Scott Rohde has assured us that the game is still in development but that there were no updates to give at this time.
For the Vita, Sony showed off Assassins Creed 3, which will have functionality with the PlayStation 3 Assassins Creed 3 title, providing extra bonuses for fans who buy and play both. PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale was officially announced for the Vita, while LittleBigPlanet 2 on the PlayStation 3 will be receiving a patch that allows you to use the Vita is a controller in the game. The Vita will get a version of Black Ops 2 along with previously exclusive Xbox 360 shooting game Sine Mora. The PlayStation Vita may have launched with a small amount of games, with not a lot of games since, but the remainder of 2012 looks to be a great year for Vita owners.
Surprisingly, Sony showed off a new Move accessory: a PlayStation Move Steering Wheel. The PlayStation Move attaches to the center of the wheel, creating a wireless racing wheel for a racing game such as Gran Turismo 5. The wheel features the same amount of buttons as a PlayStation 3 controller and force feedback. The wheel is due out this fall for $39.99 and does not include a Move controller.
At last year's E3 conference, Sony placed a large emphasis on 3D technology; however, this year 3D was not even mentioned. Rohde claims that "It's just not necessarily the focus and newsworthy. Last year it was." Rohde claims that since Sony gives their studios complete control over their games, studios are not forced to insert 3D just for the sake of having 3D. While Sony got the industry talking about 3D and featured it in many games last year, this year it is only being used where appropriate; now that the technology is out there and gamers know about it, it's not worth discussing again in Sony's eyes.
There was some bad news for Sony fans at E3. Microsoft, in their usual fashion, focused on third-party developers and arranged for exclusive downloadable content for some of the hottest upcoming releases. Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 and Resident Evil 6 DLC will hit the Xbox 360 first, coming to PS3 and PC at a later date. The first piece of Tomb Raider DLC is a timed exclusive for the Xbox 360 console as well. While Sony fans should be used to Microsoft gaining exclusive rights or early access to DLC (especially when it comes to Call of Duty), it is disappointing to see that, to these companies, Sony fans are not as important.
Fans may have to wait on the PS4, but Sony is making sure that this year is full of great games whether you a PlayStation 3 fan, Vita fan or both.
Article by - Joshua Phillips
Insert Date: 06/08/2012