At this year’s PlayStation Experience, this amiable writer/all-round kiss man is hoping for something big. After 2015’s show, many came away disappointed. The front-loaded affair was full of mehs and misses; Paragon, an MMO less talked about than my actual, real-life shoe, was placed at the end of the docket, which perplexed those beyond belief who were waiting for that mic-drop moment.
This year, Sony may have learned from its mistakes. This is a conference to celebrate PlayStation, not a day for obscure indies (some of which have still not been released), huge, already-shown third party titles, or genres typically confined to the PC space. Bring on the Bandicoots; bring on the surprises; bring on things Uncharted.
Uncharted 4’s DLC Will Be Shown; Feature Sam and Sully
In a twisted turn of events, it’s now time for something that was completely expected: Uncharted 4 DLC. Having already confirmed a new portion of single-player content, and with the main game seven months past, I think it’s safe to assume that this may be the big pop at the end of Sony’s PSX conference.
The content? More than likely something to do with Sam and Sully spreading humour and fun around the world; killing pirates in Brazil or China or The North Pole. Considering Naughty Dog’s recent penchant for dual narratives in The Last of Us: Left Behind, it wouldn’t be surprising if a similar technique was used in order to represent distance in time or space. Having Sully and Sam fight rogues and steal treasure in the present, alongside a tale of pirates adventuring in the past, would be interesting; fleshing out the lives of Henry Avery and Co. from the original game.
Final Fantasy VII Remake Release Date Will Be Revealed
Last year, in one of the better moments of the conference, we got actual gameplay from the first portion of the much-anticipated Final Fantasy VII Remake. A boy named Cloud zipped through a city made of metal, making men and women everywhere cry out in hope for a new version of a nineteen year old game. In another edition of Square Enix’s “dangle an electronic carrot at the end of a stick” ploy, we will get a release date for the first part of said game.
My guess is that it’ll release sometime in March but, taking into account that this is Square Enix, it may come out at a point between next Fall and 10 years from now.
The Reveal of Dark Souls III’s Next DLC
Sony has had close relationship with From Software, the developer of Dark Souls, ever since the release of the PlayStation 3 exclusive, Demons Souls; a bond that has only deepened with Bloodborne on PS4. I believe that Dark Souls III’s next DLC will have its first trailer shown at this year’s PSX conference. With the Ashes of Ariandel expansion a few months removed, it’s definitely time to push past this and move onto something new.
Will we see a brand-new locale? Hopefully. Will the DLC focus on the angels of Lothric, and the disappearance of Gwynevere? That would be nice, but I’m not that much of a nerd to be certain.
A Monkey Island Remaster/New Game Is Revealed
Every damn time Tim Scafer attends a conference, he seems to throw out a new remaster or sequel to a crowd of ever-hungry adventure game fans. This, of course, is fantastic news. Some of his most recent announcements have come from PSX, including Full Throttle and Day of the Tentacle Remastered. Having just released a new trailer for the former a day before the conference, airtime at the show has been made available.
What better way to celebrate the twenty sixth anniversary (it could happen) of the Monkey Island series, then, than by revealing either a remaster of the entire collection, or a new game entirely? I may be grasping at a pile of jelly with an old pirate hook here, but both Tim Schafer, having created the series, and Double Fine seem to have an intimate relationship with Sony, making this prediction all the more likely.
Crash Bandicoot Remastered Gameplay Will Be Shown
And now, for the most important prediction of all. This past E3, each and every PlayStation fan was given a great big plate of optimism and excitement. The Bandicoot is alive once again, and is coming to PS4 next year in a collection of the first three games. What was once thought impossible, through Activision’s constant pissing on the poor lad, is now a reality.
This, along with the Uncharted DLC reveal, will be one of the marquee moments of the conference, where we will see that glorious orange man return in HD for the very first time.
Crash is back, and he’s ready to be shown to the world.