We know that not everyone who loves games has enough time to seek out and watch nearly two hours of video game announcements made from the other side of the planet, so we went and did it for you! The Sony event included a wide variety of announcements ranging from developers taking the stage to briefly talk about their upcoming games to new accessories and system price drops.
Keep very much in mind that many of these announcements are oriented around the Japanese market and may or may not be coming to North America. The release dates are all for Japan unless otherwise stated. However, the chances for some of these titles making their way the North American stores is pretty high, so with that in mind, let's get on with the run down.
Sony kicked things off by announcing a new array of PS Vitas that offer a variety of different colors. These systems will be available in Japan September 17. New colors will also be available for the PlayStation 4 in the form of nine colored plates for the detachable portion of the PS4 case. These new colors also come with a price drop for the console to 34,980 yen, which is roughly $290. Perhaps we will also be seeing a holiday price drop in the near future? Later in the conference, Sony announced that a limited run of gold, silver, steel black, and crystal controllers would become available in retailers shortly. One can only hope that these color options can find their way across the ocean.
Following that, the first details on Bloodborne's expansion dlc dropped, including a new trailer. Titled The Old Hunters, the DLC pits the protagonist of the core game against the legendary hunters of the past who have become insane and twisted by the powers of the blood. The DLC will hit the digital market worldwide on November 24, followed by a physical release packaged with Bloodborne on releasing December 3 in North America.
The highly praised Gravity Rush (known as Gravity Daze in Japan), previously only available on PS Vita, will be receiving an HD remake for PS4. This remake will be making its way to North America on February 9 in North America under the title Gravity Rush Remastered. A sequel was also announced that will release in Japan sometime next year. No word on whether that will be coming to the NA region. It could depend on how well the remaster sells.
Ubisoft took the stage next to talk about their upcoming titles. The first title they talked about, For Honor, throws knights (the Legions), vikings (Warborn), and samurai (Chosen) into all out war against each other. At the conference, Ubisoft revealed a gameplay montage for the Chosen faction’s Oni warrior, who can perform brutal katana attacks, call in archer volleys, and use a variety of clever tactical weapons to win the day. For Honor is coming to PS4, Xbox One, and PC. No release date was been announced. Ubisoft also unveiled the trailer for Assassin’s Creed: Syndicate's first DLC pack which centers around Jack the Ripper. shown for the first time. It appears to involve tracking down the deranged killer who may or may not hold some affiliation to the Assassins.
Following Ubisoft, Sega announced a remake of the game that kickstarted the Yakuza franchise. The remake of the PS2 classic drastically overhauls the graphics, improves overall playablity, and adds new missions that expand the story. The Yakuza remaster will be available on January 21. Sega followed this up with an almost casual mention that Yakuza 6 will release in fall 2016 exclusively for PS4. No word on whether either of those will come to North America any time soon, though given that Yakuza has developed a bit of a cult following, chances are fairly good that we will eventually see both. Additionally, a few seconds of The King of Fighters XIV was shown. The fighting genre staple releases this coming January for Japanese audiences.
Bandai Namco took the stage to talk about two of its most lucrative Japanese franchises: One Piece and Gundam VS. New titles are on their way, pretty standard. However, the larger bombshells dropped afterward. Phantasy Star Online 2 is coming to PS4. Given that Phantasy Star Online just released for North American audiences, chances are pretty good that we might see the same treatment in the near future. More amazing is a PS4 exclusive named Nioh debuted gameplay footage. Nioh was originally announced over a decade ago and was long thought to have been cancelled. The title appears to be a cool mix of Dark Souls and The Witcher 3 in which players hunt a wide variety of demons in a mystical, feudal Japan. Nioh releases in Japan sometime next year.
RPG juggernaut Square Enix took over to flex its JRPG muscles. World of Final Fantasy trailer looks absolutely adorable and the game itself seems to be Final Fantasy meets Pokemon with some chibi character models thrown in for good measure. The title will release in Japan sometime during 2016 for PS4 and Vita. Square Enix and tri-Ace project Star Ocean V: Integrity and Faithlessness will hit Japan on February 25, 2016. No word on a US release yet, but if one is happening it should be a month or two after that date. The trailer has some really inviting and promising scenes that get my hopes up. Square Enix announced a new entry in the long dormant Saga series titled Saga: Scarlet Grace. Not many details are available on the game, but it is cool to see Square Enix delve into its lesser used IPs. Kingdom Hearts 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue is a large HD package of games that includes Dream Drop Distance HD, Kingdom Hearts X Back Cover, and Kingdom Hearts 0.2 Birth by Sleep -A Fragmentary Passage-. I have no idea what these names mean any more, but, hey, more Kingdom Hearts (even HD re-releases) isn't ever bad news.
For the 20th anniversary of the Resident Evil series (known as Biohazard in Japan), Capcom is releasing a competitive third-person shooter titled Biohazard Umbrella Corps to bring the franchise into a new decade. It appears to be players fighting one another with guns and brutal weaponry while in the middle of a zombie apocalypse. The downloadable title will be available worldwide for PS4 and PC next year.
Spike Chunsoft, the devs behind Daganronpa, are teaming up with RPG legends tri-Ace for a new title called Exist Archive: The Other Side of the Sky for PS4 and Vita that will launch on December 17.
Square Enix took the stage again to show off Dragon Quest: Builders on January 28, 2016 looks like an adorable combination of Minecraft's blocky world and the traditional RPG nature of Dragon Quest. The game appears to involve restoring a monster-riddled land to safety by helping to construct towns.
Project Morpheus is now somewhat more mundanely named PlayStation VR.
That about covers the majority of the big and small announcements of the press event. You can watch the full thing for yourself here.