The best bits from Sony’s Paris Games Week Conference

More open world exploration than you can shake your controller at

Last night Sony hosted their conference at Paris Games Week. The conference was pretty big on announcements, exclusives, and absolutely not short of ambition, but we’re not seeing many release dates. It seems that games developers are becoming less and less inclined to giving solid release dates for games since delays are increasingly common. To be honest, I can’t blame developers, it’s a bit of a Catch-22 – release the game as promised before it’s completely ready and be torn apart for glitches, or delay it until you’re happy but leave the consumer waiting and angry. Might as well just not make any definite release promises and instead get people excited by your development progress.

That said, we did finally get a release month for No Man’s Sky, the ambitious space exploration game: June 2016.

One of the biggest announcements has gaming going a bit Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep but from another perspective. Detroit is a new game from Heavy Rain and Beyond: Two Souls creator David Cage and his Quantic Dream studio that will be exclusive to Playstation. The game will revolve around an Android and human populated world that’s divided and violent. Your protagonist is Kara, an AI who, thanks to a glitch, has the capacity for human emotions. The trailer makes the game look beautiful, but the swelling music and the wonderful voiceover makes us think Detroit will be a very touching and exciting story to be a part of.

In terms of Playstation VR, Sony’s Shuhei Yoshida came out to announce that “a new dimension of gaming is almost here, and PlayStation is at the forefront of bringing virtual reality to gaming” bringing with him some game titles that will support the technology. Crytek’s Robinson: The Journey is a game in which you are a castaway in a prehistoric, guided around in your explorations of the vast terrain by a robot orb with a wry sense of humour. It looks like it should be a great introduction to VR:

Sony also confirmed that Until Dawn: Rush of Blood will be supported by VR. Rush of Blood is an extension on this year’s horror adventure game Until Dawn. It looks pretty action packed, but we’re not sure how comfortable we would be starting our VR journey with a horror game. It seems like a good way to put yourself off for life.

A really interesting VR announcement was that Tekken 7 will be supported on Playstation VR. There was no information about how this will be done, but we certainly can’t wait to find out.

Yet another Playstation exclusive exploration game was announced for 2016, this time called Boundless. Boundless takes players into a Minecraft-inspired world, with a portal system that lets players jump between worlds, all of which look different every time. Boundless is only exclusive to Playstation in terms of console, though, because it will also be coming to PC.

In terms of games that we knew were coming but wanted more information, we were given a couple of gameplay trailers for Wild and Horizon: Zero Dawn. Wild, a game where you play a Shaman who can inhabit the bodies of animals, all with their own strengths and weaknesses, looks incredibly original.

Horizon: Zero Dawn, a game we were excited about from E3, also got a gameplay trailer and it only made us more excited.

From what we can see, 2016 is going to be a year of open world exploration, prehistoric settings, and wild sci-fi, with way more exciting exclusives for Playstation than we saw coming into 2015. Things are looking up!

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