E3 2018 Highlights: Sony Press Conference

By Mike Sousa on June 12, 2018, 12:00PM EDT

With most of the E3 conferences out of the way, it was time for Sony to shine at the E3 2018. With Sony promising a lot of new information and gameplay on some of its highly-anticipated exclusives, such as The Last of Us Part II, Death Stranding, Spider-Man, and several others, PS4 fans sure had a lot to look forward to.

Sony kicked off its conference in an unusual, and yet, in a good way, with The Last of Us Part II composer Gustavo Santaolalla going up the stage and performing the game's main theme prior to the reveal of the game's first gameplay trailer. After Santaolalla's performance, Sony then debuted 11 minutes of gameplay footage for The Last of Us Part II.

In The Last of Us Part II, Ellie is now 19 and has found a semblance of peace and normality living in Jackson. She’s had a chance to be a teenager and forge lasting relationships. When that peace is disrupted by a violent act, Ellie is thrust into a brutal journey of retribution, fueled by a need to bring those that have wronged her to justice, pushing her to her very limits.

After showcasing The Last of Us Part II, Sony’s Shawn Layden revealed that God of War is getting a New Game+ feature soon. This was followed the announcement that Call of Duty: Black Ops III is now available for free for PlayStation Plus subscribers starting today and until July 11th. In addition, those who pre-order Call of Duty: Black Ops IIII will receive the "Back in Black" maps for Black Ops III for free.

Before moving on to one of the big games of the conference, Sony showcased a new trailer for Destiny 2, that highlights the game's upcoming "Forsaken" expansion.

In a similar fashion to how it was done with The Last of Us Part II, before showcasing the game's first gameplay trailer for Ghost of Tsushima, Sony began the show with another musical performance that introduced us to the game's theme. After the flute performance, Sony debuted a nine-minute gameplay trailer for Ghost of Tsushima.

Ghost of Tsushima is an epic, open-world samurai adventure set during the Mongol invasion of Japan in 1274. You play as Jin Sakai, a powerful samurai warrior whose adventure draws on Japanese history and the iconic traditions of samurai cinema to craft a gorgeous tale of revenge, empowerment, and hope.

In this trailer, Jin fights alongside another samurai—a deadly onna-bugeisha named Masako. They joined forces to save their homeland from the Mongol invaders, but Masako’s tragic personal history drives a wedge in her relationship with Jin. As you’ve seen, this ends up forcing them into a duel at the end of the trailer.

Next up, Sony unveiled a trailer for Remedy Entertainment's Control. Control is Jesse Fadens’s story. The main plot focuses on her personal search for answers as she grows into the role of the Director. The world of Control has its own story, as do the allies Jesse meets along the way. Side-quests and Secrets are everywhere. Jesse works with other Bureau agents, decodes cryptic ciphers and discovers strange Bureau experiments. Control releases in 2019 on PS4, Xbox One and PC.

Although not much of a surprise due to all the leaks and rumors prior to E3, Sony and Capcom officially announced a Resident Evil 2 remake. In Resident Evil 2, players join rookie police officer Leon Kennedy and college student Claire Redfield, who are thrust together by a disastrous outbreak in Raccoon City that transformed its population into deadly zombies. Both Leon and Claire have their own separate playable campaigns, allowing players to see the story from both characters’ perspectives. The fate of these two fan favorite characters is in players hands as they work together to survive and get to the bottom of what is behind the terrifying attack on the city. Resident Evil 2 releases on the 25th of January on PS4, Xbox One and PC.

Sony then officially announced Trover Saves the Universe, a sci-fi action comedy adventure for PS4 with PlayStation VR support. The game will launch in early 2019.

Even though Kingdom Hearts III got its own trailers at both Microsoft and Square Enix conferences, that didn't stop it from getting a third trailer at the Sony conference. This new Kingdom Hearts III trailers reveals that Pirates of the Caribbean is returning in Kingdom Hearts III. In addition, a Kingdom Hearts III PS4 Pro Limited Edition was revealed. For players interested in getting into the series, Square Enix announced Kingdom Hearts All-In-One Package, which includes Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 + 2.5 Remix, Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8: Final Chapter Prologue, Kingdom Hearts III, the Kingdom Hearts III Impossible Odds PS4 theme, and a Custom PS4 Keyblade for Kingdom Hearts III.

The highly-anticipated Death Stranding was the next game to take the stage, with an eight-minute gameplay reveal trailer. According to Kojima Productions founder Hideo Kojima, Sam is unlike any other hero you may have seen in games before. A typical hero is usually some sort of elite or someone with a military background. Sam is not. He is a working man of sorts — a hands-on professional. Someone with a skillset akin to a blue-collar worker. This is something you’ll intuitively understand once you play the game and control Sam.

After Death Stranding, Sony and Koei Tecmo officialy announced Nioh 2 will a teaser trailer. Unfortunately, no other details were provided.

With the its conference nearing its end, Sony had one more exciting game to show, Spider-Man. Things heat up for Spider-Man as many of the Super Villains he has put away over his eight years as Spidey have escaped simultaneously. This is a pivotal moment in the game, where the fragile peace in New York City has now been completely shattered, as Super Villains have now escaped the maximum-security facility, the RAFT, just off the coast of Manhattan. Worse, as you saw the end the gameplay video, Spider-Man is no match on his own in the one vs five situation. Spider-Man releases on the 7th of September on PS4.

During the post-show of Sony's conference, Sony announced Deracine for PlayStation VR. Deracine is an all new adventure game that brings Japan Studio, From Software and director Hidetaka Miyazaki together for the first time since Bloodborne. The story unfolds in a secluded boarding school where six children quietly spend their days. It is into this environment that you appear, an unseen faerie existing in a world of frozen time. As the story progresses, time shifts around you, at times even throwing you into the past.

What were your favorite moments at Sony's E3 conference? Did they go beyond your expectations? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.

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