E3 Trailerpalooza 2015: Sony Edition
Sony closed out the first day of Trailerpalooza 2015 with an expansive display of old favorites, new potential hits, projects that defy description, and something most had given up as dead long ago. Instead of having to sit through drawn out speeches full of self congratulation, just read on to see what’s important: the trailers.
Sony opened up their E3 2015 event with The Last Guardian. No, really. It’s still a thing that exists, and it’s breathtaking. But just let me say this: if Dogbird dies, I’m quitting video games forever.
There was nothing, short of a Half Life 3 announcement, that could have topped that. But Killzone developer Guerilla Games did their best. They debuted a brand new IP called Horizon Zero Dawn, which, despite having a name that sounds like three random words strung together, looks very cool.
Switching gears from new ideas to money printing franchises, Sony showed a new trailer for the next installment of the Hitman franchise, simply titled Hitman.
Speaking of franchises, Capcom brought a new trailer for Street Fighter 5, the latest iteration of the seminal fighting series.
Sean Murray of Hello Games then took the stage to give a live demonstration of No Man’s Sky, the galactic sandbox game that still seems too big to be real. But here it is, in the flesh. So to speak.
Now here’s where it gets weird. Media Molecule, creators of Little Big Planet, announced a new project called Dreams. It’s not really a game, it’s more like… well, you’ll see.
Next up was Firewatch, a new game from indie developer Campo Santo with an intriguing presence and an eye catching visual style.
A trailer was then shown for Bungie’s next Destiny expansion, The Taken King. As always, it looks cool, but who knows if the story will make any sense at all.
Switching tracks to another juggernaut franchise, Ubisoft debuted a trailer for Evie Frye, a new playable character in Assassin’s Creed: Syndicate. I guess female characters weren’t so hard to animate after all.
Square Enix was then brought up to give a double shot of Final Fantasy. First up was the adorably bizarre World of Final Fantasy. It’s like Final Fantasy and Animal Crossing hooked up and had a baby.
Then came the moment some have been waited almost 20 years for: the Final Fantasy 7 Remake.
Indie publisher Devolver, of Hotline Miami fame, presented a highlight reel of their upcoming games. Mother Russia Bleeds might be worth buying for the name alone.
Sony then introduced Yu Suzuki, who announced a Kickstarter campaign for.. brace yourselves… Shenmue 3. People in the audience were crying, for real.
Then Sony decided to run what amounted to a four minute commercial for Batman: Arkham Knight’s Scarecrow Nightmare add-on for some reason. The game comes out next week, right? Anyway, here it is…
Activision strutted out like they owned the place, and gave a demonstration of the Black Ops 3 campaign. You didn’t really think you’d get through the day without seeing Call of Duty, did you?
And then it was time for the Star Wars portion of the show. First up, a new Star Wars Disney Infinity expansion.
This was followed by a short gameplay sequence from Star Wars Battlefront, which looked AWESOME.
Finally, it was time for the big finale. Uncharted 4.