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[E3 2014] Press Conference Roundup

It's not just games... this thing does TV too!
Author: Ryan Green
Published: June 9, 2014
Jack Tretton might not have been around for the big presser this year, but thankfully Mr. House was around to drop the annual subtle dig at Microsoft (Andy slyly pointed out how amazing popular Playstation’s camera was and might have insinuated something about a certain motion sensing device on the Xbox One). Sure, there wasn’t a brand new console to talk about… or was there? The compact little ball of wonder known as the VitaTV in Japan is finally coming to our shores rebranded as PlayStationTV. For a mere $99 you get a sweet little package that plays all your favorite Vita games (well most of them that don’t rely on touch), allows remote play to your PS4, let’s you play PS1 and PSP games AND will let you connect to PlayStation Now. Tell us more!

Like more about PS Now, which will enter open beta on PS4 in late July, and at some future point support for the PS3 and the Vita will come online too. No word yet on the final prices and options when the service launches for real, probably because they are still working on them. We also heard about a Brian Michael Bendis TV series in the work along with the announcement of a Ratchet and Clank movie in 2015. Even with all that other stuff to go on about, there was still a LOT of games shown during the conference, and despite all the pre-show announcements and leaks there were still a few surprises! Here’s just a sampling of what was up on stage.

InFamous Second Son: First Light (PS4) - August 2014
Available as a standalone download (similar to InFamous 2: Festival of Blood), First Light will feature a story about Fetch (that form addict girl with the neon powers... spoilers?).

LittleBigPlanet 3 (PS4) - November 2014
LittleBigPlanet is back with a brand new entry to the series. Sporting new characters (the agile Oddsock and the strong Toggle) and a larger emphasis on cooperative puzzle solving, LBP3 will [hopefully] bring some big changes to one of Sony's biggest franchise. As for the 8.7 million levels that have been shared across the previous games, all of the old user created content will be available to play in LittleBigPlanet 3.

“Project Beast”, the previously untitled project that From Software has been working on finally has a name! From the looks of it, it will be a spiritual successor to Dark Souls, which is the spiritual successor to Demon’s Souls, which is the spiritual successor to King’s Field. What you need to know: dark, brooding game that will probably frustrate you to the point of tears.

Ratchet & Clank (PS4) - 2015
Alongside the cinematic release of the Ratchet and Clank film, the game that started it all will be re-released on PlayStation 4. The game boasts updated visuals and new sequences (and hopefully a healthy update to the gameplay).

The Last of Us Remastered (PS4) - July 29th, 2014
Remember that really big Naughty Dog game from last year? Yeah, that thing. The whole shebang.

Grand Theft Auto V (PS4) - Fall 2014
Remember that other really big game from last year that was from Rockstar Games? No surprise here but it is coming to PlayStation 4. Import your GTA Online character from the PS3. Or the 360. Yep.

Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End (PS4) - 2015
Announced at last year’s E3, Uncharted 4 made an appearance at the close of the show. A very short sequence was shown with Nathan Drake (physically beaten and his face in the dirt; the same-old story for the guy) but little else has been revealed. If anything can be extrapolated from the game’s title, this will be the last Uncharted game we see, that is, assuming we get more prequels like Uncharted: Golden Abyss.

Was that it? Of course not! That only scratches the surface! We saw the new Batman game, a whole slew of indies making their way from the PC to the PS4 and/or the Vita (if it looks like it was made in the eight-bit era, it’s coming to a Sony platform near you), a little something called Entwined that is on the store RIGHT NOW and a montage of free-to-play titles too numerous to begin to list (we swear we say PAIN 2 in there… nooooooooooooooo). We’ll break down all of that and more as the show goes on. For now, just sit back, relax, and let the professionals do the work.