I'm sad to say that for E3 this year I will be on a remote Scottish isle called Isla. It has a population of about 3,500, several Whisky distilleries and not a whole lot else. I'm not sure if i'm going to be able to watch the E3 pressers this year as I have no idea if the internet there is servicable. This makes me quite sad as E3 is my (and many others on here) Christmas.
What i'm going to do here is type my ideal scenario for Sony's E3 presser in detail for your perusal and I will assume this is how it has gone down until i'm back in the land of the living with a decent internet connection.
So, here goes.
First of all I expect the business talk to be kept to an absolute minimum. Jack doesn't need to be going into masses of detail here. It isn't required. I think he should talk about how Playstation has a bright future and how Greatness Awaits. He should cover the PS3 by saying that it will retain support whilst showing the logos for Beyond, GT6 and TLoU on the big screen. At this point it doesn't need more than that.
The Vita is an interesting prospect this year I feel. It needs its own games and it needs to be shown working alongside the PS4. I think announcing 3 new titles for release around the holidays and an incremental price drop would be a good strategy. I would expect that later in the show a bundle of a PS4 and Vita would be announced.
Now onto the meat. 'We've shown you what the PS4 can do, now we'll show you what it looks like'. As this is said smoke plumes out and the lights dim. A podium rises from the stage and on that podium is an actual PS4. Not a shell, the actual console, one of the first off the production line.
Now 3 games we already know about are to be demonstrated live. First up Mark Cerny takes the stage. He carries with him the case for Knack showing of the design as he approaches the PS4, places the disk in, and takes some time to introduce us to the new OS. Once this is done it is time to show off Knack. 3 minutes of gameplay later and it is over to Evolution to show a race in Driveclub.
A 3 vs 3 clubrace with 3 Evolution team members on stage and 3 others from other studios back stage. A short track is chosen and the way the Club scoring and individual experience works is explained. Normally a tournament would comprise of at least 3 races with the Club with the most points advancing to the next tier. In this case the short race is shown with destructibilty, the idea of defensive driving to get you team the most points possible, show off the sound, the graphics engine and cars. At the end it is explained that 1st gets 10 points, 2nd 8, 3rd 6 etc.
Now to move onto a live gameplay demonstration of Infamous Second Son, but rather than a mission, open world gameplay is being shown as more of the game is being explained to us. We see all new animations for climbing, some of Delsin's new powers and are shown just how beautiful it is when stood atop a building in Seattle with huge draw distances.
All of these will be launch titles. I choose to leave KZ off the list as that has already been shown.
Honestly, i'd be quite happy with all of that but here is where my thinking becomes wishful. It is time for a couple of third parties to take the stage. First up is Capcom. They are going to demonstrate more of Deep Down which looks as rich and beautiful in motion as it did in the trailer and is revealed to be a Dragon's Dogma style action RPG exclusive to the PS4 (very wishful). Next up is Square Enix showing off FF Versus for the first time. It is very much an adult orientated Kingdom Hearts and will be a launch title for the PS4 and will be exclusive (more wishful or less wishful, you decide).
Next up is SoE first announcing Planetside 2 for the PS4 which will be free to play from launch day. They will also announce a PS4 exclusive MMO which is also compatible with the Vita so you can play it anywhere you have an internet connection.
After this we will get some flashy trailers. The first will be for a new Syphon Filter developed by Ready at Dawn with the game keeping the tradition of the series alive. The second will be for The Last Guardian on PS4 and it will look absurd and make people cry. Last will be a trailer for The Getaway 3. It won't get cancelled this time.
Next we have some more Indie titles demonstrated to us show Sony's continued support of Indie developers. I can't be specific as to what will be shown as I have no idea.
From here we move into more unknown territory entirely. I have no idea what SSM and Media Molecule will show but i'm sure it will be pretty fantastic. I'd love an SSM developed open world title. I'd hope for a new Wipeout as well even with Studio Liverpools closure.
Finally Naughty Dog will take to the stage for a gameplay demonstration of 1866. Spiritually similar to Uncharted but instead of being a third person shooter it is a third person, swashbuckling action game with the exploration themes kept intact but with gun battles replaced by sword battles. It will look ridiculous.
Finally, Jack Tretton will come onto the stage and announce an October release date for the PS4 at $399 and then he will dance.