Sony Makes Big Announcements at Paris Games Week 2015

Things have been somewhat quiet on the Playstation front lately, but that changed today as Sony had a press conference at Paris Games Week. While it mostly covered games we already knew about, it did have a few reveals to get Playstation fans hyped. To quote Sony, “Tonight is no time for nostalgia. Tonight is about looking forward, and tonight is all about games.”

The press conference kicked off with a ton of trailers which included Call of Duty: Black Ops III, Star Wars Battlefront, Ratchet & Clank, and Street Fighter V. The big announcement for Street Fighter V was the unveiling of Dhalsim as a returning character and that Street Fighter V will be getting six extra characters over the course of its first year (which you will be able to unlock throughout the game or through paid DLC). Not to be the only fighting game at the show, Sony revealed that Tekken 7 will be coming to the Playstation 4 in what they called, “The most complete and enhanced version to date”.

Those looking forward to Battleborn will be happy to know that PS4 owners will get early access to the Battleborn beta, however, the start of the beta is still to be determined. Gearbox also showed off the game’s multiple gameplay modes: Meltdown and Incursion. Battleborn will release February 9, 2016.

Speaking of release dates, Sony did announce that No Man’s Sky will be appearing sometime in June of next year.

As for new content, Sony had a few surprises up their sleeves. They started off with a new game from Wonderstruck called Boundless. Little was shown in the trailer, but the game seemed to have a somewhat Sci-fi Minecraft look to it. Next came the new game from HouseMarque called Matterfall. While the trailer looked cool, much like Boundless, little is known about this new project. Both trailers were more of a tease than anything else.  Look forward to hearing more about these games as we head into 2016.

New trailers were shown for games we already saw at this year’s E3 as well as DLC was announced for games that have already been released. This includes The Old Hunters DLC for Bloodborne, new Bikes DLC for Drive Club, multiplayer content for Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End, and new combat footage for Gravity Rush 2. The one stand out presentation would have to go to the near 8-minutes of footage for Horizon: Zero Dawn. That is one game that definitely has me excited.

The conference ended with 3 big hits right in a row. First up was Grand Turismo Sport. This is a more competitive Grand Turismo, where the focus will have you race for your favorite manufacturer and nation. It was also hailed for its compatibility with the upcoming Playstation VR headset. Other games announced for Playstation VR included RIGS (a mech sports game), Tekken 7, and the much rumored Until Dawn DLC, Rush of Blood.

The 2nd game in this 3-hit show ended combo was for Wild. Wild, “an action adventure game about the relationship between man and nature”, has you playing as a human, but has you jumping between different animals in the wild. It will be interesting to see more of this game in the future.

The presentation ended on what I thought was the best game at the show: the new game from Quantic Dream, Detroit: Become Human. The game takes the ideas from Quantic Dream’s tech demo Kara, that was shown off back in 2012. You play as a futuristic robot name Kara, learning what it means to be human. If you enjoyed Heavy Rain or Beyond: Two Souls, this is definitely one to keep an eye on.

So what are you most excited to see from Sony in 2016? What games would you like to learn more about? Let us know in the comments down below!

James Mikolajewski
James Mikolajewski
James is a freelance writer, who also hosts the Life Of Gaming Podcast on iTunes.

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