E3 2017: Sony PlayStation expectations build up

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Sony is in a commanding lead as far as PlayStation 4 sales over Microsoft Xbox One is concerned and as it goes into the E3, the company must be hoping to get yet another boost in sales with announcement of new titles and possible features.

Sony will be taking the stage at the E3 2017 at 6pm PDT on June 12. Right off the bat do not expect the PlayStation 5 at E3 2017 because it is too early for a console refresh and both the PS4 and PS4 Pro are doing extremely well as far as sales are concerned. Sony wouldn’t want to jeopardize its PS4 and PS4 Pro sales by announcing a new PlayStation.

Announced at last year’s PlayStation Experience, The Last of Us Part 2 is developed by Naughty Dog. Helmed by Uncharted 4 director Neil Druckmann, with Westworld’s Halley Gross assuming writing duties, little is known of this follow up to 2013’s critical and commercial success. Aside from Druckmann stating that the game will have hate as one of its central themes. E3 2017 could see the world premiere of The Last of Us Part 2’s gameplay and perhaps information on its multiplayer component too.

Everyone’s favourite genocidal Greek warrior Kratos now sports a sombre and less agitated look, as he finds himself in icy Norse lands complete with skeletons and trolls. E3 2016 saw a stunning reveal combined with revamped combat. With game director Cory Barlog claiming that the game was playable from start to finish in December 2016, it’s safe to say we could see even more gameplay and perhaps a release date.

Right now, Uncharted The Lost Legacy is the only game in the second half of the year with a firm release date, God of War might get one as well. Going by past games in the franchise though, it could be a March release.

Gran Turismo Sport in Sony’s long-running racing series had raised some concerns during its initial previews. However, after an extensive beta period that’s changed, with impressive visuals, slick lighting effects, and the tried and tested systems and features that fans know and love. Traditionally, the Gran Turismo series has sold better in Europe and Asia, so there’s a possibility that Sony could hold off on details until Gamescom 2017, or Tokyo Game Show 2017, and we might not get a release date at E3 2017. It is likely that some of its PS VR features might make an appearance though.

The upcoming movie Spider-Man Homecoming isn’t the only adventure of the web-slinger to hit screens, as a game is in the works too. It’s being developed by Ratchet & Clank studio Insomniac, and you can expect Sony to capitalise on the buzz around the film to push the game. It’s all the more likely when you consider that it was a no show at last year’s PlayStation Experience.

Despite its initially generic reveal at E3 2016, Days Gone’s later showings revealed welcome PS4 Pro optimisations, interactive environments, hordes of super fast zombies, and of course, crafting and survival elements. Given how polished it looks at this stage, a release date and a new trailer is probably in the offing at E3 2017.Other games that could make an appearance include Detroit: Become Human, Knack 2, and a slew of Japanese titles hinted by the company this week.

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