In different interviews with the press on Monday, the President of Sony Interactive Entertainment America, Shawn Layden, confirmed some of the exclusive titles coming to their E3 showcase later this week. Sony’s conference will take place June 12 at 9 pm ET.
Speaking to Glixel, TIME, and The Verge, Layden revealed that the PlayStation 4 is close to 60 million units sold in almost 4 years since its launch. Out of every five consoles sold, one of them is a PlayStation Pro, this generation’s upgraded rig.
Sony is preparing to give its all at E3, as it faces the impending threat of Microsoft and the upcoming Project Scorpio, which is expected to be revealed at the event. Rumors say the Japanese giant might even drop the price of the PS4 from $299 to $249 for the week of the conference.
God of War – TBA
SIE’s roster for E3 2017 starts with God of War as the headliner. The latest installment of the franchise is a soft reboot, and it takes the series out of the Greek mythology realm for the first time.
Based on Norse myths and legends, the setup has Kratos back as the main protagonist, although this time as a mentor to his son and companion, Atreus. The game, like many on this list, was revealed at last year’s conference, and everyone is expecting a 2017 release date.
Spider-Man – TBA
Insomniac Games, the makers of classics like Spyro the Dragon and contemporary hits like Sunset Overdrive, are coming back with a yet untitled Spider-Man game for the PS4.
Few details are known outside of what we saw last year, including that the title character will be a more experienced Spidey in an open-world setup with no relationship to other media in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
Uncharted: The Lost Legacy – August 22
Announced at last December’s PlayStation Experience, Uncharted: The Lost Legacy is an upcoming expansion to Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End that will also be its standalone title.
Naughty Dog will feature Chloe Frazer and Nadine Ross as the central characters of the Indiana Jones-like adventure, which will take them to the depths of the Indian territory in search of an ancient coveted artifact.
Days Gone – TBA
In development for two years now by Bend Studio, Days Gone might finally launch this year by the hand of Sony Interactive Entertainment. The open-world game takes place in a world ravaged by a large-scale pandemic two years before.
Drifters and Freakers are semi-human enemies that haunt survivors in the wilderness, and players will take the role of Deacon the bounty hunter in his existential struggle for both survival and reasons to keep going.
Gran Turismo Sport – TBA
The classic racing franchise comes back to the PlayStation 4 featuring more cars, more tracks, more gameplay modes, and the only digital experience certified by the FIA (Federation International Automobile).
Gran Turismo Sport is developed by Polyphony Digital, and it is expected to hit this holiday season to offer the ultimate competitive racing experience as well as a leisurely offline campaign mode for casual drivers.
Third-party titles and Japanese publishers will also be featured
Sony won’t neglect any of its partnerships at E3, which is why Shawn Layden confirmed the audience would also be seeing some new stuff by studios like Sucker Punch, FromSoftware, and Japanese developers.
Sucker Punch, the makers of the inFamous franchise, might tease what they have been working on at E3. There is also a chance that Bloodborne 2 sees some stage time at the event from the team behind Dark Souls.
In the field of VR, the only news Layden confirmed so far was the ongoing development of an exclusive Breaking Bad experience for the PlayStation platform, but he suggested that indie activity on this segment is booming, so there is space for surprises during the keynote.
Finally, Sony is partnering up with Kojima Productions to finance the development of Death Stranding. The ephemeral and mysterious action game is the first project by the creator of Metal Gear after parting ways with Konami. It is possible we might get a closer look next week by the man himself.