PlayStation Experience 2016: A Strong Lineup for the PS4
This time around, Sony closed the door on the 2016 year with their exclusive event, the PlayStation Experience. In case you have missed anything, here are the announcements that were made.
Below is a recap made of mainly video trailers of the announcements Sony made during the PlayStation Experience 2016. It was held at the Anaheim Convention Center in California, and streamed online for thousands, if not millions of viewers. The broadcast introduced quite some new games, which ends up being a nice lineup for Sony’s PS4 game console.
Uncharted: The Lost Legacy Breaks The Ice
To start things off strong, the first series that was put under the spotlight is none other than Uncharted with Uncharted: The Lost Legacy. Unlike previous titles, the main protagonist here isn’t Nathan Drake, but Chloe Frazer. She made an appearance back in Uncharted 2: Among Thieves, and is now back for more action.
Marvel vs. Capcom Infinite…Finally!
Remember playing Marvel vs. Capcom 3 and Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3 on PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360? Well, after years of waiting, a new title was announced: Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite.
The trailer puts four characters in the spotlight: Ryu, Mega Man (from Mega Man X), Iron Man and Captain Marvel. For those familiar with the series, Captain Marvel is new to the game. Also, what is interesting about the teaser is that only four characters are fighting each other in a tag 2 vs. 2 match. Could this hint that Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite will go back to its roots and offer 2 vs. 2 gameplay?
As a bonus, it was confirmed that Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3 is now available on PS4.
Wipeout Is Back & Faster Than Ever
PlayStation 4 already has a hype lineup and to add dressing to the salad, yet another blockbuster title was announced: Wipeout. Next summer, Wipeout Omega Collection will be out and fans can have their dose of nostalgia at super high speed.
Sparrow Racing, Strike Scoring & More Coming to Destiny
If you own the latest Destiny expansion, Rise of Iron, than you will be happy to learn that the new The Dawning trailer showcased during the PlayStation Experience brings back some cool features.
When the Taken King came out, Sparrow Racing was introduced and now, it was confirmed to make a comeback in Rise of Iron. The expansion is also subject to some brand-new Strike missions, Strike Scoring. There, players can collect points and medals when going through Strike missions.
Also, new quests will appear. What are new quests without new gear, right? The Dawning is set for release starting December 13, 2016, so make sure you check it out!
Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy Crashes the Party
While Rare Replay was released on Xbox One and brought back to life good old classic games developed by Rare, PlayStation fans have been requesting a similar approach for classic PlayStation and PS2 games. Returning on console is the one, the only, Crash Bandicoot in Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy.
In 2017 – no official release date has been confirmed yet – fans can go on their PS4 and enjoy classic Crash Bandicoot games.
Call of Duty: World League
The official and professional eSports league for the Call of Duty franchise will make a comeback as early as next year. Call of Duty: World League will have a brand new season and will feature a lot more in prizes. So far, 4 million has been confirmed.
New Resident Evil 7 PSX Demo Available!
A new Resident Evil 7 demo was revealed. Currently available via the PlayStation Store, the demo is available for PlayStation 4 Pro and PS VR. Check out the trailer (thanks GameSpot!):
Ace Combat 7 – PS4 / PS VR
Street Fighter V – Akuma
The fearless Akuma makes an appearance in the latest Street Fighter V trailer.
Set aside his lion-esque hair cut, Akuma appears to retain his typical combat style. Additionally, it was confirmed that he was part of a series of new characters, five of which are still unknown today. The pass including Akuma and the others is currently available for pre-order. Akuma will be added to the game starting December 20, 2016.
The Last Guardian
SCIE Japan Studio took the stage to unveil a new trailer for The Last Guardian. The clip shows new gameplay scenes. The game is scheduled for release for PlayStation 4 starting December 2016 in North America.
PaRappa The Rapper Remastered
It is PlayStation’s 20th anniversary and to celebrate, yet another nostalgic title was unveiled. This time, it isn’t a collection, but a remaster of the classic PSOne game, PaRappa The Rapper. The game is currently available for download via the PlayStation Store and comes with Patapon and Loco Roco.
Knack Back in Knack 2
Knack was a release title for when the PlayStation 4 first came out. Now, a sequel was confirmed and introduces a new 2-player co-op mode.
Gravity Rush 2: The Ark of Time – Raven’s Choice A Free DLC
A new DLC for GRavity Rush 2 was announced during the show. Dubbed “The Ark of TIme – Raven’s Choice”, the DLC promises brand new content for free. Gravity Rush 2 is scheduled for release for PS4 starting January 20, 2017.
Gran Turismo Sport: Deep Colors & 4K
Gran Turismo Sport was delayed quite a few times. To keep the hype up, a brand new trailer featuring new features was showcased. 4K, HDR and deep colors and lighting are what makes this title as gorgeous as it is. We don’t have a clear release date. The window is as wide as 2017 at the moment.
Ni No Kuni II: Revenant Kingdom Looks Amazing
Ni No Kuni II: Revenant Kingdom was unveiled a while back. This time, for PSX, a new gameplay video trailer was shown – it simply looks and sounds stunning. New characters and new friends will aid you in the sequel of the PS3 original title.
Ni No Kuni II: Revenant Kingdom is scheduled for release sometime in 2017.
Yakuza 6: The Song of Life & Yakuza Kiwami
Yakuza 6: The Song of Life and Yakuza Kiwami are getting the PlayStation Experience 2016 treatment. Both will be coming to the West and will release in 2018 and Summer 2017 respectively.
Danganronpa V3: Killing Harmony
A new trailer for NieR: Automata was shown. The PS4 exclusive developed by Platinum Games is set for release on March 7, 2017. Additionally, a demo was confirmed, but will only be available for download in a few weeks from now.
Dreadnought, Another PS4 Exclusive
Dreadnought is coming to PS4 in 2017 but to keep you waiting, a beta will be available soon. You can subscribe here for your chance to test the game when the beta comes out.
Suda 51’s Let It Die
Grasshopper Manufacturer and Suda51 took the stage during PSX to announce a new trailer for their Free-2-Play title Let It Die. The duo promised that the game will be available for PS4 by the end of the year. Well, it appears as though they have held to that promise because the game is available for download now via the PlayStation Store.
Vane – PS4
Lara Croft GO
The mobile success Lara Croft GO is now available for download for consoles and handheld. The game can be downloaded for PS4 and PS Vita starting today.
MLB The Show 17
The new PlayStation exclusive MLB The Show 17 had a nice spotlight during PSX. In addition to have a legend such as Ken Griffey Jr. as the cover art star player, the game will have a retro mode.
MLB The Show 17 is scheduled for release starting March 28, 2017.
New Machina: Death Machine
Following the success of Resogun, the PS4 exclusive title, Housemarque teased their latest project under the codename Project Jarvis. Now, we know what that is. During PSX, the game was confirmed as New Machina: Death Machine.
Horizon Zero: Dawn – The Machines
One of the most anticipated games of the moment, Horizon Zero: Dawn, had a new trailer that included some backbone history about the machines.
The Last of Us Part II
The best was kept for last. Following its impeccable reception, a sequel to The Last of Us was unveiled. Dubbed The Last of Us Part II, the game focuses on Ellie. Part II takes place 5 years after the events of the award-winning first title of the series. Joel also makes an appearance in the trailer.
The PlayStation Experience 2016 conference definitely unveiled tons of massive titles. The events goes on during the following days, so some new things might be announced. Make sure you keep an eye out for any updates.
With such a lineup of games, one questions bounces out of my thoughts:
What are you most excited about: The Nintendo Switch, Project Scorpio, or the PS4 Lineup?