Wednesday, June 01, 2011

Adam Shear's E3 2011 Predictions Part 2: Sony

Now for part two of my E3 predictions, Sony. Sony is easily the most open out of the big three. They were not at all afraid to reveal the majority of their 2011 lineup by the end of 2010. Even with all we know, there still are surprises. Not only is Sony's press conference about PS3, it is also about NGP, Sony's next portable system which they unveiled earlier this year. Just remember that these are all predictions and everything I am writing is just my opinion based on fact, not actual fact.

On the PS3 side it is all about two things. The first is once again apologizing for the long PSN outage. By E3 the PlayStation Store pretty much has to be back online. The second thing is that it's all about the games. Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception, Ratchet and Clank: All 4 One, Resistance 3, Twisted Metal, and more will all be shown via either new trailers, on stage demonstrations, or both. New details about all these games will definitely be revealed. I believe The Last Guardian will also make an appearance due to high demand. The Last Guardian is definitely a late 2012 or early 2013 title and I would not except Sony to talk much about it. Starhawk, another title not coming this year will also probably make an E3 appearance as well.

There's no doubt that there are also more games than what we know of. There definitely will be surprises coming this year. Sly 4 was teased in The Sly Collection but I don't think it will get an E3 reveal. Sucker Punch just wrapped up inFamous 2 and I'm sure that now they are deep into production of Sly if that is their next title. If so, I'd expect to be at next year's E3 rather than this year. I don't really know what other surprises there will be but there will be reveals for games coming this year.

PlayStation Move will also be a huge focus for Sony. Support for Move is currently lacking and Sony will now reveal some of the Move exclusive games they are working on including Sorcery which was shown at last year's E3. Sorcery will probably release either later this year or early next year. LittleBigPlanet 2 is receiving an update so PlayStation Move can now be used in levels. Sony might show that off at their press conference but I'm sure no matter what, there will be some sort of announcement about LittleBigPlanet 2's first major update. Third parties are also probably making a some content for Move and if so, some of it will be showcased at the press conference. It won't be much though. Kinect definitely has more third party companies involved.

The next major focus will be NGP. We will definitely get a final name and at least a release window for Japan and probably the US as well. Considering its a US show, I would expect the US launch window to be revealed. It might be too early for a price but if not, I think Sony will price NGP around $300-$350 for the Wi-Fi only model. The Wi-Fi + 3G model will probably be $400 minimum.

Games will be a primary focus obviously and in terms of first party games, there's no doubt Uncharted for NGP will be the killer app for the system. Others like Little Deviants which were previously shown will also be expanded upon at Sony's E3 press conference. Third parties will also be a focus and I'm 100% positive that Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 (or some other Call of Duty game) for NGP does exist and will make its debut at E3. Call of Duty was already confirmed for NGP but showing it will be unlike anything anyone has seen from handheld gaming and no doubt that and Uncharted will be exactly what NGP needs at launch. Many NGP games will debut at E3 and while I have no idea what many of them are, it certainly will be exciting.

To see if I'm right, tune into Sony's E3 press conference live on June 6 at 8pm EST. There are plenty of ways to check it out including the PlayStation Blog and even PlayStation Home.

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