SBox Soapbox: E3 2015 Predictions (Sony Edition)

E3, the video game equivalent of the Superbowl, is almost here at last. With summer being the quiet period in terms of AAA releases, E3 stands to be the fuel gamers need to keep their fire going until the Fall. Everyone knows some of the biggest announcements are made here, which is reason enough for any avid gamer to be excited.

Last time, I shared my predictions for Microsoft’s conference. In continuation of this pre-E3 predictions week, the next major conference to discuss is from Sony.

Some say that Sony’s press conference will be the least surprising conference this year. I see where that’s coming from, especially since Sony admitted that there will be few first-party games this year. However, I think Sony has to have something up its sleeve. At least they better have something up their sleeve for their sake.

The fact that Uncharted 4 was delayed until 2016 was a big hit to the PS4 and, by extension, their E3 show. With Uncharted outside holiday season, they are now in desperate need for something to fill their holiday void. Unfortunately, that doesn’t seem to be the case.

That’s why I think this year’s game announcements will focus on 2016. This will be a conference of expanding on what has already been announced, but all of the big announcements will be 2016-bound. Of course we do still have a handful of games for 2015 that can take up some time, but this E3 will be all about 2016. I also say this mainly because of Project Morpheus.

The void, if there is any, will be filled by third-party games as is rumored. Potential candidates are Rockstar, Square Enix, Activision, Capcom and EA. These companies will make cameos either to announce exclusive DLC (God help us) or to tease a new project. If Square shows up to Sony’s conference at all, it’ll be for

Now let’s get specific!

The confirmed games for the show include Uncharted 4, Uncharted: Nathan Drake Collection, No Man’s Sky, The Witness, God of War III Remastered, Drawn to Death, Until Dawn, Tearaway Unfolded and Gran Turismo 7, with Destiny and Bloodbourne announcing expansions. Other show-in games include the Ratchet & Clank reimagining, Quantic Dream, Shadow of the Beast, and new games from Gureilla Games and Media Molecule. The rest are rumors and long-shots.

The show will probably start with an expansive gameplay demo for Uncharted 4. This will be followed by a trailer of the Nathan Drake Collection. Many say we’ll get an official date for Uncharted 4, but I slightly doubt it. I hope we get a date, but I have my doubts.

No Man’s Sky is another game that will get a big gameplay demo if not a pretty in-depth gameplay trailer. Considering how pivotal this game is going to be in Sony’s fourth quarter, it should have a nice amount of time dedicated to it.

Drawn to Death will have a big gameplay demo. A trailer just won’t cut it for this game since it’s supposed to be out this year. That being said, we don’t have a lot of gameplay as of yet, and E3 will change that.

If Sony is going to announce the new God of War, this is the place to do it. They already have GOW III Remastered ready for the show, so it would be a hell of a segway if they announce GOW IV now. Sure it won’t be out until about late 2016, but it makes sense.

Gran Turismo 7 will have a relatively short showing. A gameplay trailer and a release date is all you really need. It’s DriveClub that will have a bit more attention drawn to it. Even then, since the game is already out, we’ll just get a confirmed date for the PS Plus version and be on our way.

Until Dawn will have a gameplay demo for sure similar to the one they had last year.

Quantic Dream should get gameplay footage already. I don’t see why they wouldn’t at this point. Same with Shadow of the Beast if it shows up.

Ratchet & Clank will be discussed early. Hard to believe they haven’t said that this game will be on the showfloor yet. There’s no reason for it not to be there, especially since a trailer with gameplay has already been released. I think a quick gameplay demonstration would be appropriate.

Destiny and Bloodbourne may be shown towards the beginning of the show. Expansion packs are relatively small affairs, so a gameplay trailer will do the trick in both cases.

This would also be the time where you see some third party devs make cameos. The ones I’m certain will show are Street Fighter V and Star Wars Battlefront. The famous Read Dead Redemption 2 rumor only gets more and more believable over time. If it’s announced, this sounds like towards the end of the show. I will bet you that Dark Souls 3 won’t be announced at Sony’s event, but that’s just me. If Square makes a cameo, it’ll be with a trailer of either Kingdom Hearts III or Final Fantasy XV. (They’ll save the in-depth stuff for their own conference).

Project: Morpheus seems to be one of the main focal points of the conference. Not sure how long they’ll keep the ball rolling on Morpheus, but I can guarantee we’ll get a release date and a quick scroll of games to support it including one big game.

As for rumors of a new PS4 model, I am not a firm believer of the PS4 Slim. It’s not the time for a slim PS4 and I’m sure Sony agrees. The slim model has no market this year, but next year is a different story. I do believe in rumors of a 1 terabyte model to compete with Microsoft. A price cut would be nice, but Sony probably won’t slash the PS4’s price quite yet. The Vita is the more likely for a price cut than PS4. Anyway, the 1 TB model will likely be $429-$449. The Vita price cut may be $100, because I feel $89 is too small.

If they discuss the Vita price cut, than Tearaway Uncut will follow the announcement with a trailer.

That only leaves a bit of time for some new IPs and surprises. Insert you Gureilla Games and Media Molecule announcements here. I wish I can go more specific, but I’m not familiar with either studio and have no real opinion at the moment.

Other than that, it’s hard to say what it will be as Sony could potentially dig up anything and give it a CG trailer while they scramble to make said game. They may not have anything else, and that’s likely, but what about that trick up their sleeve. My guess: The Last Guardian.

Yes, I know it’s a long shot, but I find it suspicious that they haven’t canned that freaking game yet if it wasn’t happening. I mean, cancelling a game can’t be that hard; Capcom and Konami do it all the time! (Yes, I went there). But there would be no better time to finally put the issue to rest than right here right now. If Sony puts a release date during the show, it’ll be the one and only chance they have at winning E3.

Or they can announce Crash Bandicoot… in my dreams.

That’s everything I have for Sony predictions. Let me know in the comments your predictions for Sony’s E3 conference and whether or not you agree with my take.

My next and last predictions post will be up soon. Nintendo, a fun yet difficult prediction.

I’m SBox180. Thanks for reading!

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