E3 2018 is barreling towards us and we haven’t even predicted anything yet, so let’s do just that! Sony’s conference should be the easiest to predict as they’ve already confirmed their biggest games are Ghost of Tsushima, The Last of Us Part II, Death Stranding, and Marvel’s Spider-Man. Very solid selection of games right there, but they’ve also stated there will be some big third-party announcements to surprise us. Without further ado, here are our bold predictions on what will appear Sony’s E3 conference.
All of their big exclusives will be open-world or at least feature an open-world level style
We know for a fact that Ghost of Tsushima and Spider-Man will be open-world games, but what about Death Stranding or The Last of Us Part II suggests that they will feature open-world environments? While the game was in early development, Hideo Kojima claimed Death Stranding will have cooperative gameplay of sorts and will also contain an open-world setting. Mads Mikkelsen recently supported Kojima’s claims of coop, but the question of open-world is left open to discussion. However, given the fact Kojima’s previous project Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain featured a massive open-world environment, it’s reasonable to assume Kojima will want to continue exploring the feature.
As for The Last of Us Part II, Naughty Dog’s previous two games Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End and Uncharted The Lost Legacy both featured expansive levels that resembled an open-world. While it is unlikely to see a Ubisoft-style open-world adventure game from a studio so heavily invested in telling memorable stories, it is possible to see a higher frequency of non-linear levels in their newest game. Couple this with the fact of Naughty Dog’s focus on a single environment for The Last of Us Part II, which is Seattle, we could even see the game feature only one large, continuous environment that follows some sort of path. Since Naughty Dog themselves claimed the game primarily takes place in Seattle, our theory of a large, continuous environment could be correct. That means all four of these big exclusives could be open-world games.
We’re also ignoring Sony’s other exclusives such as Days Gone, which is also open-world, and Dreams, where players can create their own open-world games. Not to mention Concrete Genie appears to have a pseudo open-world environment as their only trailer suggests. Goddamn, Sony really likes open-world games, nowadays.
Death Stranding, The Last of Us Part II, and Ghost of Tsushima are all releasing in 2019
Another bold claim, but hear us out. Ghost of Tsushima has been in the works since 2014, which is ripe for a 2019 launch. Death Stranding has experienced an unprecedentedly quick development speed from Kojima. Naughty Dog is well-known for crunching through game development like there’s no tomorrow and Neil Druckmann had been working on The Last of Us Part II since 2014 (which experienced a pause in late 2015 to finish Uncharted 4). All of these games seem to be further into development than most of us might believe. Given Days Gone already has a finalized release date according to the development team, the year could start with Days Gone in February, The Last of Us 2 in May, Ghost of Tsushima in August, and Death Stranding in November. It’s looking to be quite a strong year for Sony if our predictions are correct.
Ghost of Tsushima features a giant open-world map
The Japanese island of Tsushima almost doubles the size of Breath of the Wild’s map, which is 139 square miles (or 360 square kilometers). If Sucker Punch could create a comparable map to Tsushima, we’re looking at an over 200 sq mile map size, which is massive for a modern video game. This giant map welcomes a diverse wildlife for players to hunt and a multitude of areas to explore and stare at its beauty. Sucker Punch has been making open-world games for over a decade and seeing them create such an ambitious environment is definitely possible and we hope it’s at least half true.
Rocksteady announces their new project
Rocksteady Studios has been on good terms with Sony for years, as the Arkham games featured exclusive skins and DLCs on Sony’s platforms. Seeing them premiere their new game to the world on Sony’s stage is certainly within the realm of possibility. Now what would their new game possibly be? Analyzing their mocap photo on their Twitter account, the game most likely features an ensemble of characters. On of the actors posed in a heroic way, similar to that of The Flash, so knowing the Flash is a member of the Justice League, we could safely place our money on a Justice League game. Could this be another open-world game or a co-op adventure game? Whatever it is, we’re excited for it.
Dreams beta gets a release date of “now”
Media Molecule has been refining the mechanics of their ambitious create-it-yourself project for the past couple of years. They’ve also been frequently streaming how certain mechanics work and the game looks very close to completion. The UI looks incredibly intuitive, especially for such a complex system that players can use to create pretty much anything they want. Their beta will include an abridged version of their creation engine and some levels from the game’s campaign. Dreams will also get a release date of late August with a Deluxe Edition featuring a season pass with additional story missions that will release later this year.
More news on MediEvil, Concrete Genie, and Spyro among others
We predict that Sony will have a platformer block showcasing more footage of PixelOpus’s Concrete Genie and its release date will be in July. MediEvil gameplay will follow suit with completely remade graphics of the first game. Sadly, the second game will be neglected in this remake, and MediEvil will be delayed to early 2019. A new Spyro Reignited Trilogy trailer will appear with footage of Spyro 2 gameplay and a reveal of the redesigned character models of Elora, Moneybags, the Professor, and Hunter. Shawn Layden would walk on stage stating there’s “one more thing” before finishing the platformer block. The Activision logo appears and then Vicarious Visions follows with an orange marsupial spinning in the background. That’s right, we’ll be getting a new Crash Bandicoot game in 2019. If Crash isn’t there, then he’ll be at PSX 2018. Sony has to reserve some surprises at PSX, unlike last year.
PSN username changes announced
Between the third-party block and the last exclusive block, Shawn Layden should appear to announce the most requested policy update: PSN name changes. He states that players will be able to change their online gamertags this fall in the next big PS4 update. The first change will be free of charge whereas the next one will cost $5. On the bright side, you’ll no longer be named XxX_420SucKMyBuTT6969_XxX anymore.
Capcom gives us a surprise
It’s been long rumored by many that Capcom will revive Devil May Cry with PlayStation exclusivity, much to the dismay of Xbox owners. This would be great to see. However, we want to be unique and stay away from the popular opinion. We’re going to go the extra mile and say Resident Evil 2 will get a remake that is also exclusive to PlayStation 4 (sorry PC and Xbox players). Why exclusive? We think Capcom is due for a true exclusive on Sony’s platform. They gave Dead Rising 3 to Xbox, Monster Hunter Generations to Nintendo, and Street Fighter V to PlayStation. However, Capcom usually tosses Sony another bone each generation, so another surprise exclusive will be great to see this E3.
The Last of Us Part II is far more graphic and has a greater variety of enemies than the first
Naughty Dog’s Paris Games Week trailer definitely made us feel uncomfortable, but we believe that trailer was just a taste of how brutal the sequel to the 2013 critical hit is. While the first game was no slouch in the gore department, we expect to see the best graphics produced from the now old PS4 system. With that in mind, we could see more concerned journalists complain about the violence in the new footage, but some of us just want the game to be as brutal as possible. Also, considering Naughty Dog’s excellent track record of producing vastly superior sequels, we should see a greater enemy variety. Perhaps new infected or a different infection? The original game had a plethora of interesting concept art that was scrapped due to creative decisions and time constraints. Be creative, Naughty Dog! Give us some diversity and try new things.
Sony’s E3 is looking very promising. We ignored the PSVR block, but we can expect plenty of new titles for that platform and maybe a blurb from some of their upcoming PlayLink games (remember that?). We will see a lot of big games and hopefully some release dates for their remaining 2018 games. Surprises might be absent in their conference but we do know their upcoming exclusive lineup does not seem to be weakening. Please share your predictions in the comments below! We would love to discuss with you what we will see at E3!
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