It’s been a huge year for PlayStation fans, with Sony consistently delivering new game announcements and updates at every given opportunity. From its amazing reveals at E3 and Paris Games Week, and also to The Game Awards, Sony still managed to save some surprises for its 2017 PlayStation Experience to ensure it goes out with a bang.
The buzz centered on announcements ranging from gameplay footage for Soul Calibur VI, a 4K remaster of MediEvil, to the long-awaited ability to change usernames within the PlayStation Network. We've rounded up the biggest news for you right here.
Let’s take a look at some of the biggest announcements, trailers and updates below.
Experience 'WipEout' and 'The Last Guardian' in Virtual Reality
One of the first announcements of the weekend was full virtual reality support for this year’s WipEout Omega Collection. This is a free update available early next year that also includes three new ships, allowing you to experience every single track in the game in glorious virtual reality and full 3D audio. For those unfamiliar with the Omega Collection, it’s a remaster of the previous two entries in the series from 2008 and 2012, boasting one of the best soundtracks around thanks to its frantic club music.
The Last Guardian is also getting the VR treatment. The third game from the Team Ico Studio (Shadow Of The Colossus, Ico) launched at the end of last year. PlayStation VR owners will be able to explore a free-to-play demo when it releases this Tuesday, 12 December.
PSN Name Changes Are Probably (Definitely) Coming
Unlike Xbox Gamertags, if your PlayStation Network name is a name you chose when you were younger and one you’re now particularly embarrassed about, you’re stuck with it for life. But all that could be changing soon. The inability to change your PlayStation Network name has been frustrating players for years, but when PlayStation boss Shawn Layden was asked about the possibility of being able to update PlayStation Network names, he said he hoped the name-change feature would be in place for next year’s PSX. He also went on to say that implementing such a change is ‘more complex than you think’.
Survival Horror Game 'The Forest' Arrives on the PlayStation 4
The Forest, a first-person open-world survival horror game currently in early access on Steam, arrives on the PlayStation 4 next year. The development team has worked on visual effects for films such as The Amazing Spiderman 2 and Thor, with the game making clever use of day/night mechanics. PSX 2017 showcased an extended gameplay trailer, which you can watch below.
An Extended Look At 'Soul Calibur VI'
After it was officially announced at The Game Awards, PSX showcased new gameplay footage for Soul Calibur VI. The game will release in 2018 and will feature its familiar roster of characters with some new faces too. Previous entries in the series featured guest characters unique to each console, so we’ll wait to see if the Xbox One and PlayStation 4 versions of the game will feature anyone special this time.
'Rick And Morty' Creator, Justin Roiland, Talks Video Games
Justin Roiland, best known as the creator of the Rick and Morty series, was at PSX 2017 to talk about a new video game he’s working on with the development studio, Crows Crows Crows, called Accounting+. The game is a virtual reality experience and a sequel to 2016’s Accounting. The footage shown was pretty lackluster, but the Panel is a fantastic insight into Justin Roiland’s creative processes and his relationship with video games; a must-watch for any Rick and Morty fan. Check it out below.
'Rainbow Six Fans': Say Hello to 'Firewall Zero Hour'
Sony announced Firewall Zero Hour, a team-based, tactical first person shooter that’s coming exclusively to PlayStation VR. The game supports the PlayStation VR aim controller and from everything we’ve seen so far, is essentially Rainbow Six: Siege in a fully-optimized virtual reality experience. More information on the game will be announced at a later date, ahead of the game’s release next year.
'MediEvil' Goes Modern With 4K Remaster
MediEvil was first released on the original PlayStation way back in 1998. The action-adventure hack and slash game was featured on every demo disk available back in the day and was hugely popular thanks to its unique sense of humor paired with its cartoon-horror aesthetics. Sir Daniel Fortesque hasn’t been seen since his last appearance in a 2005 PSP title, and this surprise remaster will support full 4K on PlayStation 4 Pro consoles.
'Shadow of the Colossus' Looks Incredible
PSX showed off plenty of new Shadow Of The Colossus footage, a HD remake of the PlayStation 2 classic. As far as remakes go, Shadow is nothing short of mind-blowing, with its developers explaining how the PS4 and PS4 Pro hardware is allowing them to make the most of new rendering features. As well as an extended gameplay trailer, you can also check out a comparison video showing off the improvements of the PS4 Pro version in comparison to the original PS2 release and its PS3 port. You can watch them both below.
An In-Depth Look at 'Spider-Man'
Marvel’s Spider-Man is arriving on the PlayStation 4 next year as an exclusive title and PSX explored the importance of Spider-Man’s character and the dynamic relationship between Spidey and the main antagonist in the game. Marvel fans will be able to rest easy knowing that the video game is being written by the same names behind the comics and developed by Insomniac Games, the studio behind classic such as Spyro the Dragon and Ratchet & Clank.
'Ghost of Tsushima': An Open-World Samurai Game
Have you played any of the Infamous video games? After working on those games, Sucker Punch didn’t know what to make next. The team played with a couple of ideas and decided that samurais in an open-world video game could be the coolest decision ever made. They’re probably right. The game was officially announced at Paris Game Week, but PSX gave us an in-depth look thanks to a panel with its creators. The game is about the Mongol invasion of Japan in 1274 and you can learn more about the creative process of the game (and how to motion capture horses) by watching the panel below. We can’t wait to see gameplay footage.
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