Having brought you our handy guide to Sony’s E3 2015 press conference earlier today, it felt only right to do the same for the other big publishers at the show. Here are all of the PlayStation-related announcements from Bethesda, Electronic Arts, Ubisoft and Square Enix.
Developed by id Software, DOOM – a reboot of the iconic FPS franchise, and the first original release in the series since 2004 – is coming to PlayStation 4 next year, complete with arena-based online multiplayer and user-generated content.
Dishonored 2 is also coming to PS4, and will feature two playable characters – returning protagonist Corvo Attano and newcomer Emily Kaldwin.
The much-rumoured Dishonored: Definitive Edition – a remaster of the original PS3 game, with improved visuals and all DLC – has also been confirmed for release on PS4 this autumn.
Unsurprisingly, new areas – including the Imperial City and Orsinium – are coming to the recently released MMO, The Elder Scrolls Online: Tamriel Unlimited.
A lot of new details were announced about a little game called Fallout 4, including its earlier-than-expected release date of 10th November 2015, and the fact that the game actually starts before the nuclear bombs fall; 200 years later, your character (who, for the first time in the series, is fully voiced) emerges as the sole survivor of Vault 111.
Obviously, there wasn’t a huge amount of relevant PlayStation news during Microsoft’s conference; however, there was at least a reveal trailer for From Software’s Dark Souls III.
EA has been teasing a new Mass Effect game for a while now, so it was no surprise (but still very welcome) that the publisher opened its show with a teaser trailer for Mass Effect: Andromeda, which will see a release towards the end of next year.
A trailer and gameplay demo of the Need for Speed reboot was shown, which takes inspiration from the series’ history, and is set in a world that is roughly twice the size of 2013’s NFS: Rivals.
Next came a brand new IP, in the form of the charming Unravel; a physics based puzzle-platformer, in which you play as a tiny character made of yarn, who unravels as he moves.
Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare 2 was given a live gameplay demo, which introduced some of the new character classes; for the first time, it is also possible to play on your own against the A.I.
In the obligatory EA Sports section of the conference, new details were announced regarding NHL 16, Rory McIlroy PGA Tour, NBA Live 16, FIFA 16 and Madden NFL 16.
A release date of 23rd February 2016 was announced for first-person free-running game, Mirror’s Edge: Catalyst, which is set in a huge open world with no loading screens, and tells the origin story of the series’ protagonist, Faith; an in-engine trailer was also shown.
Bringing EA’s conference to a close was the eagerly awaited gameplay reveal of DICE’s Star Wars Battlefront, which releases on 17th November, and features a huge variety of both singleplayer and multiplayer modes, from large scale 40-player online battles to 1v1 split-screen matches.
In a surprise announcement, South Park: The Fractured But Whole was revealed, in which the SP kids take on the roles of superheroes.
A new IP, For Honor, is in development at Ubisoft Montreal – it’s a multiplayer action game in a medieval setting, with absolutely brutal melee combat.
Expansions are coming to a couple of existing games – The Crew: Wild Run and Trials Fusion: Awesome Level Max (the latter of which features a cat riding a fire-breathing unicorn).
More gameplay footage was shown from the highly anticipated Tom Clancy’s The Division; a beta is coming to PS4 soon, and the full game will be released on 8th March 2016.
Surprising no one, Just Dance 2016 was announced for PS4 and PS3, which for some reason was then followed by a frankly terrible performance by Jason Derulo (I think).
Also featured was Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six: Siege; there was confirmation that the series’ popular TerroHunt mode will return, plus news that actress Angela Bassett will play Agent Six, with a beta coming to PS4 on 24th September.
TrackMania: Turbo was announced for PS4; this is the first time the over-the-top racing series will appear on consoles, bringing with it a literally unlimited number of tracks.
Disappointingly, Assassin’s Creed: Syndicate only appeared in a CG trailer, although this was partly because a second trailer was shown during Sony’s conference later in the day.
In true Ubisoft fashion, the show ended with the reveal of a huge new title, Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon: Wildlands; a complete reinvention of the series, the game is set in a massive open world, and looks to offer a ridiculous amount of freedom for the player.
First up from Square Enix was an in-depth look at the explosive Just Cause 3, which will release on 1st December, just one week before the launch of another SE-published game, Hitman.
In a surprise sneak peak, a PS4 sequel to cult classic Nier – this time developed by PlatinumGames – was teased; however, it is clearly extremely early in development, as only artwork was shown.
Next was another look at Final Fantasy VII Remake, although no new information was released; as the remake is a long way off, a port of the PC version of the game is still coming to PS4 this year.
Of more interest was a new gameplay trailer for Kingdom Hearts III, which introduced a new area, and showed a handful of returning characters, including Sora, Donald Duck and Goofy.
More details were released for World of Final Fantasy, which takes place in a completely different universe to previous FF games, and will feature simple yet deep gameplay.
Having been revealed during Sony’s conference, we saw another trailer for Hitman; it was also reiterated that it is an ever-evolving digital-only title, with new contracts added as time goes on.
A video was shown, detailing the history of the Star Ocean series, followed by our first look at the gameplay of upcoming PlayStation-exclusive Star Ocean: Integrity and Faithlessness, along with confirmation that the game will be releasing in North America and Europe in 2016.
Next, an in-game trailer of Deus Ex: Mankind Divided was revealed; the game will be released in early 2016, and stars Human Revolution’s Adam Jensen, who is now working as a double agent within Interpol, and has advanced capabilities to make him deadlier than ever before.
Finally, an entirely original JRPG series was teased – working title, Project Setsuna; it is being created by brand new developer, Tokyo RPG Factory, and expected to release globally in 2016.