In the run up to E3, we got a fair few new announcements and trailers for games last week that will be coming to the PlayStation. Let’s take a look at some of the latest news.
Hideo Kojima’s highly anticipated and seriously confusing game Death Stranding finally got a release date last week as well as a nine minute long trailer. The trailer shows off a bit of gameplay with the player character Sam Porter-Bridges (played by Norman Reedus) traversing across several different kinds of terrain. We also see hints of stealth as Sam sneaks past strange shadowy beings called BT’s. Despite the trailers release, the game is still pretty vague in terms of the story line and what is actually happening as a whole in the game world. There are babies in tiny water tanks (confirmed to be called Bridge Babies), Hollywood A-Listers and creepy shadow entities but other than that, little is actually known. Kojima Productions released a synopsis of the game which I’ll link here. The core elements seem to be the theme of connection and the gameplay and story correspond to this as the synopsis states “the goal of the player is to reconnect isolated cities and a fragmented society.” Whilst the synopsis provides more of an idea of the basic themes of Death Stranding, it still leaves air of mystery. There is so much speculation surrounding Death Stranding and, from my point of view, this confusing, mysterious and downright weird looking game is looking more and more appealing with each tease that we get.
Death Stranding will be released on the PlayStation 4 on November 8th 2019.
Another big reveal last week was the confirmation of a new Call of Duty game. Whilst this isn’t a huge surprise, the direction that developers Infinity Ward and publishers Activision have decided to take the series isn’t what people were expecting. The game will be a re imagining of Modern Warfare simply titled Call of Duty: Modern Warfare (not to be confused with the 2007 Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare game). The Call of Duty series has become somewhat stale over the years, this title being the sixteenth instalment in the series as a whole. The Modern Warfare sub series of the Call of Duty games are arguably the most critically and commercially successful games in the franchise, so it makes sense for this to be the starting point of a soft reboot in order to revitalise and refresh the series. A trailer was also released with the announcement which showed off some impressive in-game graphics and a glimpse at the narrative and characters of the game. Only one character looks to be making a return to the series: Captain Price. Price looks significantly younger here and as the game is reboot, his inclusion is likely more of an homage to the original and ground-breaking Modern Warfare game rather than a connection to the previous Modern Warfare installments. There was also a bit of information released about the game, such as it being the first title to introduce cross-play and that there will not be a season pass this time around. Call of Duty: Modern Warfare could be the refreshing title that the franchise is desperately in need of. We’ll find out soon enough as the release date isn’t too far away.
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare will be released on October 25th 2019 for PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.
Alright, so there is very little that has been released about this one so it hasn’t technically been confirmed for the PlayStation 4 yet. Even so, it is most likely going to get released on the PlayStation 4 as well as the Xbox One and PC. Who needs official confirmation? Not me! Marvel, Square Enix and Crystal Dynamics announced The Avengers Project video game with a teaser trailer way back in January 2017 and the gaming community has heard little to nothing since. Rumours began to circulate that there would be some kind of information coming our way at the upcoming E3 and this was finally confirmed with a Twitter post from the games official account (now referring to the game as Marvel’s Avengers) stating that a worldwide reveal would indeed be coming at E3. There was also some interesting information leaked from a description on the E3 website which suggested a significant amount of features such as customisable heroes, single player, co-op and an “ever-expanding world”. When the game was first announced, we were told that the project would be a “multi-year, multi-game partnership” so the success of this game could lead to a whole franchise of Marvel based superhero video games that could even span multiple genres. I’m personally very excited for this one, so more on Marvel’s Avengers when we hear it. Check out the teaser trailer from 2017 below.