E3 2017 Predictions & Preview: PlayStation Press Conference

We’re down to the final stretch here folks! E3 is just days away and now these previews become a little more fun since we now get to talk about the two major wild cards of E3 2017, Sony and Nintendo. Sony has taken home the opinionated golden crown over the last couple years at E3, from digging the Xbox One’s grave in 2013 with their wonderful reveal of the PlayStation 4 to the best showcase of upcoming games in last year’s show. Sony has learned how to do E3 correctly over the last couple of years. The big question for this year is if they can keep it up.

What We Know So Far:

In terms of games showcased at last year’s E3, Sony still has a lot of games shown last year that still haven’t seen store shelves. The biggest one? God Of War. Starting there would seem like a no brainier, but I think they save another gameplay demo and maybe another orchestra performance to close out the showcase. I won’t be surprised if we get a release date, either.

Days Gone will probably be shown in some capacity and given a release date. I just can’t get excited about that game though, because I personally think the zombie genre has gone stale… but I could be proven wrong. Who knows? I’m not so sure if Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy will be shown given that it will be out on June 30th, but it would be a smart marketing move to build excitement for the game right before it hits store shelves. I’m all for anything to help that game succeed (mainly because I want a Spyro trilogy remaster too). I hope we see more of Insomniac Studio’s Spider-Man, whether it’s another trailer, actual gameplay, or a release date. Some more information on that game would be fantastic to a Marvel fanatic like me.

Speaking of Marvel, Sony’s showcase is where a lot of third party major titles get showcased. Could we see more roster reveals for Marvel Vs. Capcom: Infinite? Probably would be a smart idea after a supposed roster leak over the weekend seemed pretty weak in my opinion. Maybe let fans know that X-Men characters will be in the game, guys? I’m not part of your marketing team, but from what I’ve seen of Internet comments, that’s a good place to start.

It pains me to type this, but I know that some of the showcase will be taken up to show Call Of Duty WWII (snicker) considering Activision has a partnership with Sony for exclusive content for Call of Duty games. I still can’t fathom in my head the idiots thinking that taking Call of Duty back to World War II will save the franchise. Hey Activision, here’s a tip: Grow some skin and make a game with a good story set in Vietnam. Maybe then you’ll get my attention.

Could we see Final Fantasy VII or Kingdom Hearts III finally in action? Maybe find out if they’ll actually release on the PlayStation 4 and not the inevitable PlayStation 5? Who knows? We all know it’s Square Enix though, so having them come out this year is a pipe dream!

What Could Be Revealed:

This is where things get interesting. Sony played its hand hard last year and gave fans a lot of the projects they were begging for over the last couple of years such as a new God of War and Crash. So where does that leave things? Well, it’s been announced, but we still haven’t seen any official gameplay for The Last of Us 2. That could be revealed for the first time. In terms of major announcement surprises, I really don’t know what Sony could pull off. Nothing has even remotely leaked about what could be shown off from Sony’s first-party studios. Let’s take a look at it from a different angle and look at all the major first-party franchises Sony has that they could show off.

A new Twisted Metal would make me very happy, but I’m not so sure it could happen. Twisted Metal for PlayStation 3 did okay, commercially. Not great, just okay. Not sure if the series is done forever – I doubt it – but I don’t think Sony brings it back just yet.

A sequel to Ratchet & Clank from last year would be nice, and it could happen based on sales of the aforementioned title. Unfortunately, Insomniac is working on Spider-Man, so I think we’ll have to wait some time before we see the duo again unless another studio comes in and takes the reins. Ratchet & Clank is Insomniac’s baby though, so I don’t think that will happen.

One series I know every PlayStation fan wants back is Jak & Daxter. Naughty Dog has made little teases here and there that they want to do a fourth installment, but with The Last of Us 2 being the studios priority right now, I think it’s still a ways off. That being said, Naughty Dog now is big enough to make two games at a time. Could they pull a stunner and announce a fourth Jak & Daxter as a show closer? Like I said, I doubt it, but boy would that bring the roof down in Los Angeles if they pulled off that surprise.

Now I’ll finish off with talking about the one game I want more than anything from PlayStation that could be announced at any time. I want Sly 5, damn it. I really, really, really want Sly 5, especially after the cliff hanger ending of Sly Cooper: Thieves In Time. Sucker Punch, to my knowledge, isn’t working on anything, and neither is Sanzaru Games. Either of them could easily come in and work on a new Sly Cooper to officially wrap up the story that was left dangling in Thieves In Time. I should also mention that I loved Thieves In Time: out of all the Sly Cooper games, it’s my second favorite of the series. Having Sanzaru come back or getting original studio Sucker Punch to do it would make me happy. I don’t think it happens, but please Sony, at some point bring back Sly and finish up the story.

That’s it for this week. Last up will be Nintendo which will come later this week. Does Metroid Prime 4 finally get announced? I’ve gotten my hopes up for too many years. I think I know how that story will end.

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