Sony Press Conference Wrap-up
Sony today showcased an impressive line up of software for the PS3 during a press event at the annual E3 2007 Media & Business Summit. In addition to unveiling new content for over 30 first-party software titles previously announced this year, attendees caught an advanced glimpse of the highly anticipated Killzone 2, the next installment of the Gran Turismo series and new franchise Infamous.
“We know implicitly that what is most on the minds of gamers right now, as we head into the important holiday season, are the games themselves,” said Jack Tretton, president and chief executive officer of SCEA. “Today, we more than delivered what those consumers have been looking for. During just our press conference today, we showed 50 first- and third-party games for all our platforms, including incredibly high profile games like Killzone 2 and Gran Turismo 5 Prologue. Add to that new franchises like Uncharted: Drake’s Fortune, Heavenly Sword, and Infamous and you can see why we are very well positioned to maintain our role as a leader in this industry.”
During the press conference, Phil Harrison, president of SCE WorldWide Studios, officially unveiled a new franchise for PS3. Infamous, developed by Sucker Punch Productions, the creators of the smash Sly Cooper franchise, finds players discovering extraordinary super powers. As the players power grows they will feel what its like to either be a Super Hero or wreak havoc in a city and population that will evolve and react depending on the choices the player makes.
After the presentation, SCEA gave attendees the opportunity to preview over 40 first and third party games scheduled to be on display at their software showcase in the Le Merigot hotel. PS3 titles on hand included the emotionally charged Heavenly Sword from Ninja Theory Ltd; the action-adventure Uncharted: Drake’s Fortune from Jak & Daxter developer Naughty Dog; Ratchet & Clank Future: Tools of Destruction from the highly acclaimed Insomniac Games; and the trading card based THE EYE OF JUDGMENT, produced in conjunction with Hasbro and its Wizards of the Coast subsidiary. Attendees also had the opportunity to get hands-on time with LittleBigPlanet which allows players to design, shape and build entire levels for others to play and share then via PLAYSTATION Network, and NBA’08 featuring the most realistic basketball gameplay available in true high definition in 1080p.
Additional games and services available through PLAYSTATION Network were also demonstrated, granting guest access to previously unreleased content for MotorStorm, Blast Factor, High Velocity Bowling using SIXAXIS wireless controller, and racing Power GP in addition to previously unannounced games like echochrome and Wipeout HD. New content was also shown for PlayStation Home, a 3D avatar-based community for PS3, including four new living spaces and a new Home Square.
First party games and services shown during the event included:
THE EYE OF JUDGMENT
Ratchet & Clank® Future: Tools of Destruction
SOCOM: U.S. Navy SEALs Confrontation
Uncharted: Drakes Fortune
Blast Factor expansion 2
High Velocity Bowling
MotorStorm Map Packs
Resistance: Fall of Man Map Pack
Super Stardust HD
All in all Sony kicked off this year’s E3 with a much less embarrassing showcase, featuring some killer titles from KillZone 2 and Gran Turismo 5. When combined with the new price tag (recently released in the US and soon to be announced in Europe) this will no doubt help boost their userbase in the run up to the holiday sales period.