In a press conference when quite literally anything was possible, Sony got things off to a brilliant start from the get go. For weeks now, the gaming world has been in speculation about the next project from "Quantic Dream," the studio behind 2010's award winning Heavy Rain thriller, and today, the waiting was over. Quantic's new game is called Beyond and it is being pitched as a mystery type game with both the real world and the after life being a major plot point in the game. Beyond follows the life of Jodie Holmes, a fictional character who appears to be some sort of threat to society. Featuring much of the drama and tension from Heavy Rain, this hot new title is slated for a late 2012 release.
As predicted, Sony focused much of their conference of the PlayStation Network and the PlayStation Vita. PlayStation All Stars Battle Royale will be available on both the PS3 and Vita and it will feature cross platform connectivity. After much speculation, Nathan Drake was also revealed as a playable character in the game. Sony continued to promote the success of their PlayStation Network, and announced a new agreement with Indie Developers, allowing for more fresh content on the PS Store. Sony's Jack Tretton also announced every person present at the press event would be walking away from the event with a free 1 year membership to the PlayStation Plus service. Sony also talked more about the newly named "PlayStation Mobile," and HTC has been announced as the official partner for mobile gaming.
The down point of the show came with the new and innovative Wonder Book which is slated for a late 2012 release. Sony have been working in conjunction with award winning author JK Rowling and are releasing a completely new experience which integrates with the PlayStation Move, PlayStation Eye, and a new interactive book which gamers will interact with. It's a good idea, but the gameplay seen at today's show was very poor and this could well be a move by Sony to try and up the appeal of the PlayStation Move, an add on to the system that has been floundering since it launched two years ago.
Enter the fine folks at Naughty Dog, and queue the standing ovation. As predicted, Naughty Dog showed off their new and upcoming title The Last of Us and it completely wowed everyone in attendance. Using the same breathtaking cintimatics and gameplay for the Uncharted franchise, Naughty Dog stole the show with their 10 minute long play through. Taking place in a seemingly destroyed and ruined city, The Last of Us sees two characters appearing to be in a fight for survival. This hot new title from Naughty Dog is due to release later in 2012 and will be exclusive to the PlayStation 3.
Overall this was a very impressive showing today by Sony. The non discussion of anything GTA V related was disappointing and may leave some gamers a little upset. Many people were predicting some sort of PS4 teaser, but that didn't happen either. Sony has stolen the "Game of E3" with The Last of Us which many people are already saying is one of the best looking games this industry has ever seen.