Five things we just learned about PlayStation’s 2016 lineup

28 Oct 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Detroit, Gran Turismo Sport, Street Fighter 5 – all Sony’s news from Paris Games Week.

Paris Games Week is on, and Sony has kicked it off with a press conference that included a hearty dose of new announcements and details for PlayStation VR, including heavy-hitter franchises Tekken and Gran Turismo.

Sony bought a stack of new PS4 and PlayStation VR game announces, reveals and videos to the French show, resulting in plenty of new information to pore through.During the announcement, Yamauchi detailed two year-long championships that players will be able to participate in, which culminate in a ceremony where winners will celebrate alongside real-world racing champions. “Building on its legacy as the most realistic and accessible driving simulator, GT Sport has partnered with the FIA to push the boundaries of racing games”, reads the game’s blurb. The PlayStation 4 accessory looks like it’s going to play a large role in Sony’s 2016 offerings when it launches sometime in the first half of next year. The first is called the Nations Cup where you represent your nation, and the second is the Manufacturer Fan Cup that will allow you to race for different auto companies.

Sony began its VR showing with a new trailer for RIGS, a competitive title that, based on what I’ve seen of it, I’m going to describe as “Robot Quidditch.” There are mech suits, goals, and team-based shooting, all from a first-person perspective. The GT series is Sony’s most successful racing franchise and there have been numerous hints at the officially unannounced Gran Turismo 7 being in development. The trailer showed off an arena based in Dubai, full of smooth edges and multi-level paths, all surrounded by a lovely view of the futuristic version of the city.

GT Sport seems to be created to deliver on the classic commitment to realism that the franchise is known for while adding a range of new features that can draw in a new group of gamers. Polyphony Digital’s Kazunori Yamauchi was on stage to announce the game (alongside his adorable notepad-wielding translator), but didn’t offer an awful lot of detail. This was disappointing, but any date’s better than what we had before, and Hello Games said it has new, much-requested game features to reveal in the future – which may explain what’s taking so long. Another first-person game, this one had a trailer where the player character crept nervously under a dino stampede before pausing in their tracks before a menacing T-Rex type, Jurassic Park style.

Ono came to confirm Dhalsim’s inclusion in the roster and to talk about how Street Fighter 5 will get six new DLC characters you can purchase with in-game currency. The best part of each announcement, however, was the glimpse we got of face models in highly CG environments pretending to be immersed in the magic of virtual reality. Check out the first console trailer: Sony happily showed off a new Star Wars Battlefront trailer showing Leia, Boba Fett, Han Solo and even Palpatine. Sony and 2K must be on good terms right now as it was announced that the Battleborn beta is coming first to PS4 along with a bunch of new gameplay details of Gearbox’s hybrid shooter project. Wonderstruck’s Boundless looks a bit like Minecraft, I must say, but it’s played in a single shared universe, and the trailer hints that you can traverse via some sort of rope launcher.

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