When Sony took the stage for their E3 press conference, they featured the biggest games coming exclusively to PS4 and PlayStation VR. However, Sony left fans wanting more by having a conference that was shorter than normal and had a noticeable lack of smaller games. Fans might have missed the PlayStation E3 Pre-Show, which had several important announcements that deserve more attention. Here are the announcements that went under the radar.
6. Gran Turismo Sport Gets Trailer & Release Window
PS4 owners patiently waiting for the latest edition of the Gran Turismo series got some good news yesterday. Along with a cinematic trailer, a release window of Fall 2017 was announced for Gran Turismo Sport. The PS4 Pro version of the game is 4K, targeting 60fps, and is utilizing "true HDR effects."
5. PlayLink: Games That Merge PS4 With Smartphones
Over the past few years, the Jackbox Party Pack series has seen success by creating a game where the controller is the user's smartphone. Sony has taken this approach for a slate of new games with the new PlayLink service. Smartphones and tablets require a free companion app, turning the device into a "versatile controller," where the player can do several different actions depending on the game they are playing.
There are several titles coming to the service soon. Hidden Agenda is a choice-driven thriller by the creators of Until Dawn. That's You! is a "comedy quiz" about your friends, and it is free for PlayStation Plus members on July 4th. Knowledge is Power is a trivia game focused on "speed and accuracy." Singstar Celebration is pretty much karaoke with smartphones. Lastly, Frantics features arcade-style mini-games with a host that can intervene.
4. Matterfall Receives Gameplay Trailer & Release Date
Housemarque has made a name for itself this generation by creating addictive arcade action games. Resogun was a PS4 launch title and Alienation released in 2016 to critical acclaim. Matterfall takes Housemarque's explosive twin-stick action and turns it into a 2D action-platformer, and it releases on August 15. Players who pre-order the game will receive a soundtrack and a "voucher for an avatar pack."
3. Knack 2 Details Revealed, Including September Release
Mark Cerney took to the PlayStation Blog to reveal more details on his 3D action-platformer, Knack 2. Improving on the concepts of the original, there is more depth to combat, puzzle sequences, and new combat configurations, "such as driving a tank." Players can also drop in and out for a seamless couch co-op experience. These announcements were accompanied by a trailer revealing Knack 2's release date of September 5.
2. Sega Details Yakuza 6 & Yakuza Kiwami for PS4
Earlier this year, Yakuza 0 released for PS4 and gave gamers a good starting point for the wacky action series. SEGA has seen the positive reception, and two more titles are coming to PS4: Yakuza 6: The Song of Life, and Yakuza Kiwami, a "rebuilt-from-scratch" remake of the entry that started it all. No release windows have been announced, but they are "coming soon."
Yakuza 6: The Song of Life takes place in Kamurocho, the "infamous red-light district in Tokyo." Kazuma Kiryu, the game's protagonist, will have to do anything possible to protect his family. Yakuza Kiwami is more than a graphical upgrade. There are new side quests, 30 minutes of added cutscenes, and the "Majima Everywhere" system, where the player will be challenged to combat when they are least expecting it.
1. Undertale is Coming to PS4 & PS Vita This Summer
Originally released for PC in 2015, Undertale immediately gained a huge following for its unique style and emphasis on player choice. Since it has almost been two years since Toby Fox's RPG adventure released, fans assumed that it would never come to consoles. However, Sony managed to snag perhaps the biggest indie console exclusive in recent memory for PS4, and even PS Vita, releasing this summer.
Physical Editions of the game (for all available platforms) will be available for pre-order at FanGamer, with both Standard and Collector's Editions. The Standard Edition includes a 24-page story booklet illustrated by Tammy Chang. The Collector's Edition adds 2 CDs featuring the entire 100-track soundtrack, a six-song sheet music booklet annotated by Toby Fox, a gold-plated music locket, and a "sturdy collector's box."