After a solid if unspectacular Microsoft press conference Sony entered this year’s E3 knowing victory could be theirs simply with the showing of some big name exclusives and the odd surprise or two, what Sony walked away with when all was said and done however was not the E3 crown but instead a strange sense of stalemate.
Sony’s 2014 press conference kicked off with Activision’s Destiny acting as something of a counter to Call of Duty Advanced Warfare which opened Microsoft’s showcase, after which came news that a white PS4 is on its way before gameplay footage of The Order 1886 filled the screens. A couple of PSN offerings took center stage in the form of Entwined and a stand alone expansion to InFamous Second Son dubbed InFamous First Light. It was at this point in the show we got not one but two surprises, the first was the news that a third LittleBigPlanet game is in the works and that Demon’s Souls and Dark Souls director Hidetaka Miyazaki it hard at work on a PS4 exclusive dubbed Bloodborne.
Footage of more third party offerings like Far Cry 4, Dead Island 2 and Battlefield Hardline quickly followed before perhaps the biggest shook of the night came with news that a remastered version of Grim Fandango will be coming exclusively to both the PS4 and Vita. A short video for Goichi Suda’s next game Let It Die played soon after as did a montage of some forthcoming PSN titles and some Free To Play games which will be available for the PS4 soon.
Later into the conference Sony decided to take a break from the only reason we were watching, the games, to tell us about some new superhero themed TV series (Powers) they have in the works, a bunch of new video sharing and social features coming to the PS4, PS Now and to show off a trailer for Ratchet & Clank The Movie. All of which failed to generate much of a reaction from those in attendances.
With the guff out of the way Sony brought their conference to an end with a new MGS Phantom Pain trailer, the very first gameplay footage of Mortal Kombat X, confirmation that GTA 5 will be coming to the PS4 (and PC and XOne), some new Batman Arkham Knight footage and the big reveal, a short trailer for Uncharted 4 A Thief’s End.
So there it was, Sony’s answer to Microsoft’s press conference turned out in the end to be very much like their rivals, pretty run of the mill. There were some good games on show but the same can be said of Microsoft’s conference, sure Sony had some promising exclusives but than again so did Microsoft. Who won between Microsoft and Sony this year it seems will have to come down to personal preference as neither company did enough to claim an undisputed victory over the other, they did however leave the door open for Nintendo to steal the show if the Mario factory pull out a few of the proverbial stops.