As most gamers are probably aware, the Electronic Entertainment Expo, or E3, is a big deal in the gaming world. E3 is where the big publishers and console makers, such as Sony, unveil new games and information for the coming year. In past years, many games shown at E3 release around the holidays or first quarter of the new year, so gamers look to E3 with excitement in their eyes to see what their favorite video game systems hold for the upcoming year. Sony has historically always had a big presence at E3, holding a press conference to unveil the biggest new games and features you can find on their systems; they have also used E3 to unveil new systems as well. With so many rumors about the PlayStation 4, will this be the year Sony unveils their newest system?
Unfortunately, probably not. Sony has too much riding on the PlayStation 3 for the upcoming year to switch gears to the PlayStation 4 just yet. Historically, a new console is coming when the company behind the console stops supporting it with new games. For example, when Microsoft started putting their full weight behind the Xbox 360, their support for the Xbox dried up, and you can see the same thing happening now with the Wii going into the Wii U. In addition, Sony has just launched the PlayStation Vita this year; announcing the PlayStation 4 would undermine the Vita. While gamers around the world desperately wait for a PlayStation 4, it seems we'll all be waiting another year before it becomes a reality.
With that being said, what can we expect from Sony this year at E3? On the PlayStation 3 side, we will definitely see more information on PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale. PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale is best described as Sony's answer to Nintendo's Super Smash Brothers series; mascots from a variety of Sony games come together in this arena-based fighting game. While the game has already been announced, expect to see announcements of more characters and levels to build the hype for this already highly anticipated game.
Quantic Dream, the developers behind PlayStation 3 exclusive smash hit Heavy Rain, have announced they will unveil a new game during Sony's press conference; we can assume this game is another PlayStation 3 exclusive as well. It is almost a definite that we will see more information on games such as God of War: Ascension and The Last of Us, perhaps along with new features coming to the PlayStation Store and Network such as additional video streaming programs.
On the PlayStation Vita side, there have been many rumors about a PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale version for the Vita, so expect that to be one of the games Sony announces for the Vita. There have also been talks about an eBook service on the Vita along with the overhaul and inclusion of PlayStation Plus on the handheld. Expect Capcom to show Vita-exclusive brawler Capcom X Tekken during Sony's press conference and for Sony to show Sly Cooper and LittleBigPlanet. Up to this point, one of the Vita's biggest weaknesses is its lack of software, so expect Sony to address that at E3 with a list of future Vita games to build up excitement.
For the PlayStation Move, Sony has just unveiled Sports Champions 2 for release this Fall, so expect to see that worked into their presentation. However, don't expect a lot of PlayStation Move information, as Sony has seemed to offer the peripheral only minimal support since launch.
What can we expect in the realm of non-exclusive PlayStation 3 games at E3? Rumors abound that we will see a Dead Space 3 announcement for all systems, along with the first piece of Skyrim downloadable content and information on Grand Theft Auto V. Electronic Arts has a new Need for Speed in the works and Ubisoft will be unveiling new Assassin's Creed 3 and Far Cry 3 information as well.
For those who want to catch the action live, Sony will stream their E3 press conference live on their site on June 4th, 9 p.m. EST. You'll be one of the first to hear about any new announcements or unveilings as soon as they happen. We'll be on-hand with a follow-up piece covering all the announcements and unveilings, so check back with us a few days after the press conference to get all the information you might have missed.
Article by - Joshua Phillips
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