Earlier today, we saw Microsoft’s E3 keynote seemingly accidentally go head-to-head with Apple’s WWDC. Within the following hours Electronic Arts and Ubisoft took their turns in the limelight. Now, it’s Sony’s turn to end the day. Does that mean they’re the headliner and everyone else opened? We suppose that depends on how well they handle the show! We’ve embedded the livestream of the event below, and under that we’ll be liveblogging, with real-time updates as we follow along with the event.
Everything starts at 9PM Eastern.
That’s it, folks. Sony spent two hours announcing games — some we knew about, some we didn’t. The company flexed its indie gaming muscle, showed off some big budget titles, had LeBron James talk to a video game version of himself while the NBA Finals in which he’s playing is taking place, showed off the long-awaited Kingdom Hearts III and Final Fantasy Versus XIII (now known as Final Fantasy XV), and pulled at the audience’s heartstrings by disavowing DRM. Sony also dropped the PS4′s price tag $100 below the Xbox One’s. Stay tuned for more juicy info out of E3 over the next few days!
11:02: Sony available at $399, and the audience once again flips out. Available this “holiday season.” The end!
11:01: Andrew House back in the house. Cloud service available in 2014, which will begin with a catalog of critically acclaimed PS3 games.
10:56: They made it through the wall, and no White Walkers are there, but instead, enormous alien ships approach, and a public event is invoked, MMO-style. More first-person shooting, but with a bunch of enemies, and human-controller friendlies. A huge spider-like alien robotic tank (or something) takes the brunt of the player-controlled attack, damage visible as it gets shot. Robotic (maybe?) alien bug tank defeated. Demo over.
10:54: Boss fight ensues, lots of shooting from a first-person perspective, then the boss dies and loot is had.
10:50: Walking through the big wall, it’s eerily quiet. It gets dark inside the wall, can only see the red LED ammo count on the gun. A little light probe is now floating around, lighting up parts of the environment. Enemies seem to notice the probe, lights turn on, and an FPS-fest begins.
10:47: Jack Tretton introducing Bungie and Activison. World gameplay premiere of Destiny. Apocalyptic scene, skeletons in rusted car husks. Alien things wielding guns stalking a field in daylight. Space marine in a robe and helmet drops out of ship. Character walking up to big wall, not made of ice, though. Sorry, fans of Game of Thrones.
10:41: Jack Tretton, in an effort to win E3 and the video game industry, says that the PS4 won’t impose any strict DRM. When you buy a game, it is yours to do with what you wish. The audience is literally chanting out of happiness. PS4 games also don’t need to be connected online to play, and the audience loses their minds. No periodic online check-ins, and the PS4 won’t stop working if you haven’t authenticated in 24 hours — a direct shot a Microsoft. Your PS Plus membership works across all Sony systems, you only need one account.
10:38: New desert trailer. Looks like Mad Max. Guy in post-apocalyptic car stops off at a dying man in the desert. Looks him over, drives away. Just when you think he’s out of the shot, the car speeds back and runs over the poor guy lying on the desert ground. With that, Jack Tretton is back. We missed you, Jack.
10:36: The Elder Scrolls Online now making an appearance with a trailer. Exclusive timed beta on PS4.
10:34: LeBron James is now talking to video game LeBron James, showing off NBA 2K14.
10:25: Time for Watch Dogs. Again. Main character Aiden Pearce’s most powerful weapon is a smartphone. Demo takes off. Standard crime scene. Aiden talking to his bro T-Bone, who he seems to need to save from some kind of mission-based trouble. Aiden casually driving a car around a street, while the police radio plays in the background. Aiden just walked up to some random stranger and threw his phone on the ground. This is now the best game of the new generation. T-Bone is lusting over what looks like some generic motherboards or tech, but Aiden doesn’t have time for this and needs to help him escape. Through security cameras, Aiden is helping T-Bone evade guards. It’s very Lifeline. Yes, a Lifeline reference. Aiden chokes some guy out and tackles him to the ground, then runs at a guy near a car, kicks him to the ground, and shoots him while he’s down. Aiden gets caught, but pulls off some bullet time stuff and shoots a cop in the legs, then jumps in a boat and zooms off, end of demo. Who watches the Watch Dogs?
10:19: More Assassin’s Creed IV. Are you guys sick of this game yet, or do you want more? Because there’s more. Main character Edward Kenway walks through a nice pirate beachside camp, then casually walks through a pretty jungle. Edward’s doing assassin-type stuff around a jungle. Climbing things, killing dudes. Shoots two guns at once like this is Devil May Cry or something. Town seems like it is being bombarded by cannon fire. He gets to a boat, raises the black flag, then starts driving a boat through an armada and sea (ha) of cannon fire. A bunch of ship combat and swashbuckling between ships. Cutlasses abound.
10:16: Looks like Kingdom Hearts III is up. Sora picks up a keyblade, rides around on a wave of heartless. Final Fantasy XIV coming to PS4 and PS3.
10:11: Video message from Square Enix. I bet it’s about fate and/or destiny. Yep, trailer for Final Fantasy XV, which used to be Final Fantasy Versus XIII. There are fancy hats and umbrellas everywhere. Some kind of animated water spout is attacking everything — your typical FF teenage-or-so skinny main character, and an old guy leading an army of soldiers against him. Very action-oriented, which we knew for the past near-decade when we first saw the game.
10:07: Sony showing off Don’t Starve. Sony really dropped the bomb now – Octodadsequel, Dadliest Catch on PS4. New remake of original Oddworld, called New and Tasty, coming to PS4. Sony going hard at the indie devs. Take that, PC master race.
10:03: Adam Boynes, third party extraordinaire. We’ll probably talk about third party games now. Jonathan Blow name-drop. Introduces Supergiant Games, the guys who did Bastion. They’re showing off Transistor, their Bastion follow-up. The game will make its console debut on the PS4. It’s like Bastion but with Cloud’s Buster Sword if it were made of computer chips.
10:00: A sorcerer screaming to himself in his lair, a funny little goblin holding a staff walks on screen while the sorcerer is screaming to no one in particular. Now he’s casting a spell, as sorcerer’s do. Sony just dropped a bomb — the sorcerer is actually an actor being filmed. He messed up a spell and filming stopped. The goblin’s name is Maurice. The sorcerer is David Gant. They exchange pleasantries. That was insane.
9:55: Killzone: Shadow Fall being shown now. Some nice holographic computer tech, but then your standard shooty Killzone stuff. Short clip of DriveClub, a game about driving cars in a club. Infamous: Second Son being shown now. The new character looks a little angsty and wears a denim vest and beanie. Take that, parents, you just don’t understand. The Second Son clip ended with what seemed to be a cover of Nirvana’s Heart Shaped Box. Then a very quick clip of Knack, where some monster jumped out and roared for a split second.
9:50: New IP from Worldwide Studios. Poetry about being the best knight fills the screen. Very steampunk, carriages and blimps. Horses and old, dirty England-type of environment. Male and female colonial-type guys shoot monsters. Guy seems to pull a gun out of bigger gun. The Order: 1886. Developed by Ready At Dawn, the guys who made the God of WarPSP games.
9:47: Shu Yoshida, President of Sony Worldwide Studios up on stage, introduced to a sped-up version of Passion Pit’s “Sleepyhead.” Worldwide Studios has over 40 PS4 titles in development.
9:44: Let’s compare the VCRness of the PS4 to the VCRness of the Xbox One while we wait for Andrew House to finish talking about Netflix and announcing RedBox Instant. Flixtser available this fall as well.
9:42: Another Sony fella discussing Music Unlimited and Sony Pictures, name-dropped Community and Breaking Bad. You now win the internet, Sony. Sony Pictures working on exclusive PSN programming. Didn’t mention what it is. Type of entertainment “gamers want and love.” That’s all, “thank you for having me.”
9:40: Andrew House sounds kind of like an evil vizier, whispering into the ear of Jack Tretton, perhaps.
9:38: Andrew House talking about the PS4 product design. Like the Xbox One, the PS4 is also a VCR. Welcome to the ’80s, everybody!
9:36: Exclusive GTA V bundle, available on September 17, which comes with a branded headset. $299.
9:34: Another Batman shown off, Arkham Origins. Bad guys saying “the bat” a lot, as is the customary way to refer to Batman. Also, there’s now. Coming this fall.
9:32: Gran Turismo 6 shown off for PS3. Shiny cars driving around like cars do in video games.
9:27: A reel of The Last of Us is being shown — the game comes out Friday. This game is going to be good, you can tell by the main character’s heavy southern accent. We’re also getting clips of Beyond: Two Souls, the Ellen Page vehicle where she’s a pregnant teen. Wait, no, that was something else.
9:24: Jack listing your “favorite” PS Vita games, they’re barely getting applause. The Walking Dead coming to Vita, in a bundle that comes with the first season, along with the upcoming season, 400 days.
9:21: Jack thanks us all for driving him to do his job. You’re welcome, Jack. Jack’s doing that thing where he talks about PS3 and Vita games before he gets to the new stuff. He leads off with the Vita, because man, poor thing needs some help.
9:19: As music is commanding us to drop the bass, Sony is showing a reel of games we know, like The Last of Us, and games we don’t. Jack Tretton takes the stage!
9:17: Starting 17 minutes late, but we’re all being treated to blue wisps of energy. That’s the show, everybody!
9:05: How do you guys like these Sony propaganda commercials? Are you guys joining the conversation on social networks?
9:00: In the words of one of Sony’s most prominent, rage-fueled franchises, the end begins!