It’s that time of year again! E3 2016 is just around the corner, which means it’s time to stick your neck out and make some PlayStation E3 2016 predictions for this conference.
Sony had a killer conference in 2013, and 2015 was certainly memorable, so their track record dictates that we’ll be in for a pleasant E3-experience in the coming days. Please Shuhei, don’t let us down.
The following few predictions are based on common sense and industry analysis as much as possible – though my heart may have ruled my head at some points. And isn’t that the point of E3? To expect greatness? The stage is certainly set for Sony to deliver.
Red Dead Redemption 2
Sony has a rather friendly, lengthy relationship with Rockstar Games, the minds behind Red Dead Redemption. Released in 2010, the first Red Dead Redemption was universally adored and a Red Dead Redemption sequel has been on the cards for years.
Recently, Red Dead Redemption gained traction, with the game’s full singleplayer map being leaked online. A Red Dead Redemption sequel is definitely coming, that much we know – so why not reveal it on the biggest stage of all? Plus, Rockstar has had 6 years to develop Red Dead Redemption 2 – at the very least, it’ll be in a pre-alpha state. A gameplay reveal and 2016 release date isn’t outside the realm of possibility.
Sucker Punch And Sony Bend
The age old question of ‘what the hell are all of Sony’s first-party studios up to?’ has not yet been fully answered. We know what the folks at Media Molecule building, we know what Polyphony are doing – but what about Sucker Punch and Sony Bend?
Bend’s last game was the superb Uncharted: Golden Abyss for the PS Vita – all the way back in 2011. As for Sucker Punch, they helped the PS4 reach the gargantuan sales figures it’s at today with their console exclusive InFamous: Second Son in 2014. They also developed the standalone DLC pack for InFamous: Second Son, First Light, in the same year.
This means both studios have a combined total of seven years spare development time, during which we haven’t heard so much as a peep. With Uncharted 4 having launched last month and Horizon: Zero Dawn being delayed to 2017, Sony needs another killer first-party exclusive for the end of this year. It’s a sure bet that one of these studios will deliver it.
Naughty Dog: The Last Of Us 2 & Uncharted 4 Singleplayer DLC
Everyone who’s been making PlayStation E3 predictions for the past few years has made this one. Ever since The Last of Us launched in 2013, The Last Of Us has suffered from ‘where’s the sequel?’ syndrome, and it continues to this day.
But this time, we have grounds. Anyone who beat Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End is aware of that easter egg, and it’s not the first time Naughty Dog have pulled a stunt like this. In Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception in 2011, they left a small teaser for a game that was revealed, months later, to be The Last Of Us.
This is the least likely Naughty Dog prediction on this list, however, and a much safer bet is the appearance of Uncharted 4’s singleplayer DLC. Naughty Dog have been making a big deal out of this since it was revealed – it’s been touted as a ‘series first’ and ‘inspired by The Last Of Us’s success.’
With the launch of Uncharted 4 being so successful, it makes sense that Sony would want to keep the train going. At the very least, expect a logo or name reveal for this one – and possibly an early 2017 release window.