The inaugural Playstation Experience event took place this week in Las Vegas, where the folks at Sony presented a keynote with all sorts of goodies – new announcements, trailers, gameplay footage, some entirely expected, some straight out of left-field, and some briefly sending Twitter livebloggers into a speculative frenzy around the idea that a horrendously-popular game was about to receive a long-awaited HD makeover, before their glimpses of this dazzling utopia were cruelly dashed across the carpet at the convention centre! Game events are messed up, folks.
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Perhaps the biggest reveal at Playstation Experience was the next instalment in Naughty Dog's Uncharted series, starring stubbly treasure-hunter Nathan Drake. The gameplay footage of Uncharted 4: A Thief's End was shown with Nathan clambering through an elaborate cave complex and into a rich tropical jungle, eventually meeting up with his older brother (equally interested in treasure, marginally less stubbly).
The Street Fighter series also got some attention during the event – not only is Ultra Street Fighter IV coming to the PS4, but Street Fighter V was also revealed, exclusive to the PS4 and PC – and also supports cross-platform play.
A surprise reveal of Final Fantasy VII at the event sent speculation across the internet for almost a full sixty seconds, before it was revealed that the game was the PC port of Final Fantasy VII coming to the PS4, allowing hardcore fans of the series to go back and rekindle their implacable desire for an HD remake.
We also saw a teaser from Giant Sparrow, the team behind The Unfinished Swan, revealing their new game What Remains of Edith Fitch, “a collection of short stories about a cursed family in Washington State”, and a missed opportunity to create a beautiful birdy triquetra by naming the game What Remains of Edith Finch instead. The teaser and premise call to mind games like Silicon Knights' cult classic Eternal Darkness: Sanity's Requiem for the Gamecube, what with the game's eerie, lonely atmosphere, the old family home filled with secrets, and play being split into a series of independent but interconnected vignettes. Giant Sparrow has stressed it isn't a horror game, but there is very definitely a low-key, uncanny tone to the game that suggest it could become part of the growing horror-by-absence milieu alongside titles such as Gone Home or Dear Esther.
Other games announced at the event included a pre-alpha video of Drawn to Death, an arena-style shooter with hand-drawn visuals; gameplay footage from the sprawling procedurally-generated universe-exploration game No Man's Sky; an announcement of Wattam, a weird and whimsical collaboration between Robin Hunicke of Funomena and Katamari Damacy creator Keita Takahashi. Yakuza 5 is to be released in the west on the PS3 in 2015, and we also saw a teaser trailer for Persona 5, the next instalment of Atlus' popular Persona series, a spin-off from their Shin Megami Tensei franchise.
There are way, way more trailers, teasers and tidbits available over at the official Playstation Youtube channel.