PlayStation E3 2018 Preview and Predictions

We’re 13 days from Sony’s PlayStation E3 2018 conference and in years past Sony has put on jam-packed events, which I don’t expect to be different this year. Sony will run back to back game trailers and demos throughout this event and will continue to show why they possess the most successful console of this generation.

We’ve already heard from Sony that they will focus their attention on Ghost of Tsushima, The Last of Us Part 2, Spider-man, and Death Stranding. I do believe these games to receive most of the focus of the event but outside of these four titles, Sony’s first party studios are basically all accounted for and I don’t see much else popping up from them. I wouldn’t be surprised if we see a lot of third-party involvement or timed exclusives popping up here to fill the gap between terribly long trailers and whatever Death Stranding will attempt to get Twitter to overreact with.

Days Gone

I don’t think we’ll see much else from Days Gone, maybe nothing outside of involvement in a sizzle reel since Game Informer just had a huge info dump on the title this month. I don’t think we make it out of the show without seeing the, newly 2019, title and pinpointing a release date might be too early for the game. But I do think whatever and whenever we see it, it won’t be lead in to or follow the Last Of Us Part 2.

The only time it will do that is in this article.

The Last of Us Part 2

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This is the first time we’ll see gameplay of Naughty Dog’s latest project. The first two trailers gave us a quick look at some beloved characters and some new mystery ones that really set the tone of the game. The tone Naughty Dog is going for seems to be terrifying and intense even without the infected being a part of the scene.

This game isn’t coming this year. I get a lot of people who are looking forward to this game wanting to talk to me about the release date. There is no way in hell this game is coming in 2018. I’m sorry you had to be told this way, but you needed to hear it. Don’t expect a release date.

Spider-Man

I’m already sold on this game. Insomniac seems to be killing it with our friendly neighborhood Spider-Man and I couldn’t be more excited to get my hands on it. At this point, I don’t need to see any more of the game but I would like to see some more characters introduced.

I would like to see what other villains are present for the game and who I may run across while I sling through New York City. Honestly, I’m glad they low-balled us with Mr. Negative so anyone else can be exciting by comparison.

Ghost of Tsushima

We don’t have a ton of information for Ghost of Tsushima but Sucker Punch’s new game looks incredibly intriguing. If you forgot what this game is, check out the trailer:

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Sony has explained, ahead of E3, that Ghost of Tsushima is one of the four titles that we’ll get a deep look at during the presser this year. I don’t really have much to say about this title except that I’m interested to see more. I like Sucker Punch’s work so they have my attention.

Death Stranding

If you’ve followed me through any walks of my other n3rdabl3 work, you’ll know that I don’t ride the hype train that is Death Stranding. Kojima hasn’t been pushing the right buttons for me with all these confusing but totally artsy and meaningful trailers. I get that there is probably an end goal for all this silliness and it will make sense later, although it wouldn’t surprise me if it didn’t, it’s just too much for me.

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Hopefully, Kojima stops this slow jerk of his own creations and shows us something meaningful that will warrant all the hype of whatever we’re shown. I would love to actually see some gameplay or maybe an idea of what I’d be doing in the game. I don’t know that I can watch another 12-minute trailer that the internet attempts to break down later as Kojima watches us make our own assumptions of what we’re seeing and gives us a, “yeah, that’s good.” Art…

I get it, it’s art. It’s whatever Kojima had a dream about that week and his imagination is supposed to be super deep and have this emotional power. I don’t see it.

MediEvil Remaster

It’s coming to the PlayStation 4 eventually and while people eagerly wanted a new MediEvil, this is better than nothing. E3 seems like the perfect time for us to see more of the remaster.

Dreams

It’s becoming more and more likely we’ll actually see Dreams at another E3, finally. If you read my PlayStation preview article from last year, you’ll know my feelings on the game and, surprise, they haven’t changed. I do think we’ll see the current state of the game, what to expect fully with the final product and I expect people talk about how innovative and creative it is.

But I still expect it to be a total dud. I’ve been wrong before and will be wrong again but the long development of this game doesn’t give me a lot of hope. I fully expect to eat crow if this game surprises me.

Wild

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Where is this game? Last we heard from it was at E3 last year after Michael Ancel gave us an update. Ancel showed of Beyond Good and Evil 2 leading people to believe Wild was in trouble or cancelled but apparently that’s not the case. Ancel himself has posted two pictures to Instagram of the title and being at the studio developing the game.

So Wild isn’t dead, which is good news but when will we see the game next? Who knows. I’m thinking we won’t see it this year unless Ancel wants to take another stage this E3 and show us a game we’re still years away from getting our hands on.

E3 2018 Battle Royal Game Mode Oversaturation Extravaganza

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Kojima is getting all of his celebrity friends to be scanned into his new game, Death Stranding. He needs 100 friends so each player is a unique character each game as they’re dropped onto the weird island where Norman Reedus is and they all fight to the death. Kojima rides the battle royal wave.

Or, Square Enix is dropping the ball so much with the Final Fantasy VII Remake because they are trying to find a successful way to make it into a battle royal game. The Buster Sword is giving them issues because they don’t know where to hide it from players dropping in since it can be seen from the sky.

Realistically, the online play from The Last of Us but used in the sequel as a battle royal mode. I’d be down for that. But it’ll never happen.

Predictions

The Devil May Cry rumors are true and it shows up at Sony’s conference. The heavy rumor is that Devil May Cry 5 is coming fairly soon and will be a PlayStation 5 exclusive. I buy it, I think we see it. Easy enough.

Spider-Man isn’t the only superhero game we see during the show. Rocksteady has a game in the works, WB Montreal is cooking up something and Marvel is pushing out their characters to developers, namely Square Enix, to make new, better games than SEGA could ever develop. It wouldn’t be surprising to me if Sony went after another character or cast of characters for marketing rights. Not an exclusive game, however.

Bluepoint’s newest remake shows up and it’s not Demon Souls. In a perfect world, to me, it would be Metal Gear Solid. It might be a little too early to see whatever is next for the developer, I just want to know what it is.

Like I said before, I expect a lot of third-parties to help fill the gaps at this year’s event for Sony. Which isn’t a bad thing. Sony has been riding high with their exclusives and will continue to do so, but some of their other first party studios have had their PlayStation 4 hit and are moving on to the next thing.

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There are more E3 previews hitting every Tuesday and Thursday. Make sure to bookmark our E3 2018 hub so you don’t miss out on any of our coverage.

E3 Preview Schedule:

  • May 31: Nintendo
  • June 5: Third Parties

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