E3 2015: Sony Predictions, Rumors & Expectations

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Things I Hope We’ll See At The Sony Briefing

  • New IPs

It might be wishful thinking, but it would be nice to see Sony commit to some new properties. I’m as excited as anyone for Uncharted 4 and the next God of War game, but the current release schedule is lacking in games that don’t end in a number. There are some, but too many games in this generation are sequels or reboots.

It doesn’t help that last year’s new IPs, Destiny and The Order: 1886 were both major disappointments. Combined with the lack of new IPs on the horizon, it has us feeling like we’re drowning in an ocean of sequels. Then again, would anyone complain if Sony announced another game set in the world of The Last of Us? I know I wouldn’t.

  • An Update on Project Morpheus

There’s been very little seen of Sony’s virtual reality peripheral other than a few tech demos. Any information beyond that would be great to see at this point. Price point, availability, and game compatibility are still complete unknowns.

We’re reaching the point where no information is bad news. Instead of Morpheus being a selling point of the current generation, it’ll become some that isn’t used on a large scale until the next gen. For those of us that are eager to try out VR gaming, that would be a major letdown.

  • Any Update on The Last Guardian 

Sony continues to insist that The Last Guardian hasn’t been cancelled. It has also been almost five years since it was announced and there’s been almost no mention of the game since then.

The early trailer was definitely intriguing, but the “coming holiday 2011” at the end of it was perhaps a bit ambitious. At this point, I think we’d all just like to know if this game actually exists.

The Guardian says that an update from Team Ico on the game will happen, but until it happens we’ll remain “skeptical yet hopeful.”

  • New Life for the PS Vita

The PS Vita is an amazing piece of hardware that simply isn’t selling. Sony needs a new strategy to convince consumers that the Vita is worth the investment for mobile gaming instead of simply using their smartphone or tablet.

One thing they could do is to expand the PlayStation Now service, or drastically decrease the price of the downloadable options like the massive PS1-era library. Offering games like Legacy of Kain and Star Ocean for under $2, or part of the monthly subscription, would provide gamers with a legitimate alternative to their iPhone.

No matter what Sony chooses to do, they must do something. If things continue for the Vita as they have been, Sony will have to consider pulling the plug on the struggling handheld.

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