The Biggest Takeaways From Sony’s E3 Presentations

The Last of Us Part II via Sony

Sony’s recent E3 press conference confirmed the arrival of various upcoming projects, including Death Stranding and The Last of Us Part II, and featured multiple gameplay reveals and trailers.

An almost nine-minute-long trailer of Death Stranding depicted a long sequence from Hideo Kojima’s upcoming anomalous arthouse action-adventure. While the trailer didn’t shed much light on the storyline, gameplay mechanics were shown for the first time and new characters were revealed. Adding to an already ludicrous cast, which including the likes of Guillermo Del Toro, Norman Reedus, and Mads Mikkelsen, Palme d’Or award-winning French actress Lea Seydoux and Emmy award-winning actress Lindsay Wagner were confirmed to be working on the project.

A new The Last of Us Part II trailer was shown in a demonstration of the visceral violence that has struck Ellie’s new life, relationships, and missions. The gameplay elements were rooted in stealth techniques, similar to that of the first, but don’t overshadow the dramatic cuts that show Ellie taking out a slew of adversaries during a knife fight. Joel, the protagonist from the first, was nowhere to be found in this new trailer, even though he was a focal point of the last reveal. The team over at Naughty Dog have noted that Ellie will be the only playable character, according to IGN, with Joel’s prominence remaining unknown.

A trailer for the upcoming Ghost of Tsushima depicts an open-world samurai game with gameplay similar to that of The Witcher series. Sony showed off a demo, which depicted a character gliding through feudal, war-torn Japan while being equipped with katanas and reliant on stealth mechanics.

The unexpected reveal of Nioh 2 depicted another desolate samurai game, with the same charm as the first paired with added mechanics. The role-playing adventure will be tailored to a robust action system, includes a character creator that was lacked in the original, and maintains the same hack and slash combat.

Various other titles were confirmed, including Black Ops 4, which is currently available for preorder, and a new look at Insomniac’s Spider-Man. The newest trailer for Destiny 2: Forsaken was also debuted.

Some interesting PlayStation VR titles were announced, including Justin Roiland’s Trover Saves the Universe, and Deracine, the first VR title by FromSoftware, who is best known for creating Dark Souls and Bloodborne.

No big surprises were announced this year, but the satisfaction provided by numerous gameplay reveals made the show as exhilarating as ever. No release dates have been confirmed for the major titles, other than Spider-Man, which can be expected come September.

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