E3 is closer and closer to opening day for fans next Tuesday, and while we have already seen some of the biggest reveals this weekend, Monday still has some surprises in store from Sony and Ubisoft.
The Japanese giant, and father of the PlayStation, is scheduled to hold its conference at 6 p.m. PT, during which we might see mostly game showcases with a focus on VR to counter Microsoft’s recently revealed Xbox One X.
Meanwhile, the French studio will have its turn earlier on the day at 1 p.m. PT, when it is expected to show extensive gameplay footage of its flagship franchises. Fans got a first look at them during Microsoft’s presentation earlier this Sunday.
Sony at E3 will focus on games and deals
Sony has saved “the best for last” by making themselves one of the closing conferences at E3, or so they think. Unless they have a big surprise, the Xbox One X is already the hottest item of the event, so they must go big with games or go home to make a lasting impact.
To do so, the tech giant is expected to rely heavily on proprietary IP that has been long teased since last year’s edition of the E3. The God of War reboot is the most likely to be at the center of it all, showcasing some more in-depth look at gameplay and new mechanics.
Detroit: Become Human was one of the most intriguing titles revealed last year, so it is safe to say we might get an update this time around. Uncharted: The Lost Legacy is almost sure to make an appearance as well as we near its launch this August.
It is also time for some new info on The Last of Us: Part II, the awaited sequel to the critically acclaimed survival drama adventure. Fans and industry experts are expecting Spider-Man to swing by E3 this Monday too, but don’t get too excited in case he’s a no-show.
Sony, knowing ahead that the Xbox One X might come with a high price tag, released a gold edition PS4 for just $249, half the cost of the new rival console. The tech giant might go through with making this deal a permanent one, or offer affordable PSVR bundles below the $400 mark.
Ubisoft will bring new installments of iconic franchises
Ubisoft has already been featured at E3 with the world premiere of Assassin’s Creed Origins during Microsoft’s presentation. It even included its gameplay trailer running at sweet 4K native resolutions and 60 fps on the Xbox One X.
More of the latest installment of the Assassin’s Creed franchise is expected on Monday, most likely focusing on the background of the game and the story behind the first man of the Assassin’s Brotherhood lineage.
Far Cry 5 had its debut trailer released ahead of E3, but that only means that we will get to see more of the controversial franchise tomorrow at noon. Some parts of the story might become clearer during the exhibition, and fans are hoping to see some vehicle action for at least one of the many featured in the teaser.
In a complete 180° turn, South Park: The Fractured But Whole is expected to return to Ubisoft’s roster at E3. After a year of absence due to needed reworking, the community has high expectations about the next installment of this new series of South Park games.
More surprising, although not as much as it could have been due to early leaks, will be Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle. The crossover has features you wouldn’t expect from either franchise, including multiplayer and exploration elements, so there is a chance we might see gameplay footage to clear things out.
Monday at E3: Wildcards
Sony is always full of surprises, and the last two years it has truly shocked fans by sneaking in some unexpected titles and reveals out of the blue. This year might be no different, with Shenmue 3 perhaps making an appearance, but of course, it is all speculation at this point.
Ubisoft, on the other hand, does have some ongoing projects in store that they might decide to take out for a walk at E3. Among the most high-profile ones, there is Beyond Good and Evil 2, the much-hyped sequel to the critically acclaimed PlayStation title.
Don’t get your hopes up, though. Michel Ancel, who also created the Rayman franchise, said on an Instagram post late last month that he wasn’t sure E3 was the best place to showcase the progress of the game.