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Sony Pre-Tokyo Game Show Conference Recap

In the Early hours of North America, Sony in Japan had a pre-Tokyo Game Show Conference that showed off a number of trailers and new announcements. Because this is for the Japanese crowd, it’s very possible some of the announced titles will never reach here, but there are few announcements that is a possibility.

It starts out with one of the best intros to come out of a conference, It was a rap that showed off all the games that are coming to PlayStation 4 including Final Fantasy XV, Persona 5, Yakuza 6, Gravity Daze 2 and much more. This was to show the games that is coming out as well as the new prices.

After the intro, Atsushi Morita, President of Sony Interactive Entertainment Japan Asia, came out and gave out bullet points of the announcements that were made last week about the upcoming PlayStation 4 Pro and the new PlayStation 4 Slim. There will be a Japan only exclusive bundle that has both Persona 5 and the new PlayStation 4 Slim. After that announcement they revealed a new trailer to Final Fantasy XV.

Hajime Tabata, the director of Final Fantasy XV,  came out and revealed a Final Fantasy XV themed PlayStation 4 Slim. The top will have a sleek design of the moon and the PlayStation 4 will also have Final Fantasy XV and Kingsglave: Final Fantasy XV movie. PlayStation 4: Luna Edition will arrive when the game is released on November 29th. It’s unknown if it’s a Japanese exclusive.

After that Sony showed off a number of games that are coming out.

SaGa: Scarlet Grace for the PSVita

New colors to choose from for the PSVita

Call of Duty Infinte Warfare

Watch Dogs 2

For Honor

Horizon Zero Dawn

Nier: Automata

Dangarampa V3

New Everybody’s Golf

Earth Defence Force 5

 

After the trailers, Kou Shibusawa, General Producer of Koei Tecmo Games, came up and made a few reveals. He showed off what they have planned but there were no trailers. However, they did finally have a release date for Nioh and it’s February 9th, 2017 and it will be a worldwide launch. After they showed off the Nioh release date, a trailer to an new game began.

Musou Stars is an action game that has characters from Koei Tecmo games including Ryu Hayabusa from Ninja Gaiden, Sophie from Atelier Sophie and Kasumi from Dead or Alive.

After the trailer, Sony Japan showed another trailer that focused on VR. The games they showed off were Summer Lesson and What Did I Do to Deserve This. After those trailers,  Atsushi Morita came back and talked about all the features that are coming to VR. To celebrate the 20th anniversary of Biohazard (Resident Evil), there will be a music video by the band L’Arc-en-Ciel called Don’t Be Afraid. This will be used for the PlayStation VR and it will have the band going to Raccoon City using the technology used by Capcom to put them in a game like area. There will be apps to use on VR like JoySoundTV Plus, Anywhere VR, VR Video and Sports VR. Reservations of PlayStation VR will begin again in Japan on September 24th and it will be for a limited time. Atsushi Morita had also said that PlayStation Now for PC will be arriving to Japan on September 20th.

A new program will start that will allow kids to enter the world of PlayStation called Stars of Kids Project. It will allow them to create kid-friendly characters and games for the mobile market.

Then a trailer began to play for Granblue Fantasy: Re-Link Project. This is expected to come to PlayStation 4 and PlayStation VR in Japan on 2018.

Hideo Kojima then came up and talked a bit more about Death Stranding. He mentioned that he wanted a co-op element to the new game. Death Stranding will be an open-world action game. He says that the engine has been chosen and with PlayStation Pro coming out he’ll take full advantage of 4K and HDR. He did reiterate that Kojima Productions is still an indie production company and wanted to show everyone that an indie team can still release games on a AAA caliber. He’ll be at TGS this week talking to press about the things he didn’t have time to talk about.

In July, Sony began a PlayStation Festival that had gamers compete in tournaments and try out all the newest PlayStation games. From the sound of it, it was a success and it seems Sony wants to do more of it. For Tokyo Game Show, they revealed some of the plans they have for this week and along with the Tokyo Game Show, there will also be a major TGS Sale where games will be 66% off and Gravity Daze for PlayStation 4 will be free for PlayStation Plus users in Japan.

The conference ended with Atsushi Morita hoping that gaming will be an inspiration for families for generations to come. The last thing they showed is a brand new TV Spot for PlayStation 4.

My Opinion:

I actually found this to be a better conference than the PlayStation 4 Pro reveal, While it’s not the best conference, and I know at least half of these will never make it to North America they at least showed new games that are coming. It’s not the most exciting conference, but it’s enough for me to want to know more about these games coming out especially Granblue Fantasy.


Jesse Webster is a Senior Writer for MONG wants to say what he might get soon, but doesn’t want to jinx it.

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