Sony’s E3 conference big on hype, bad on release dates

Chris Stead 9 June 2016

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We’re not too far away from Sony’s pre-E3 press conference on June 13, but we’re a long way from seeing any of its games.

I’m expecting a huge press conference from Sony this year. Every June, the games industry congregates in the smog and sweat of downtown Los Angeles to see the latest and greatest games, and the pre-event press conferences have become both a tradition and a highlight. It is here that we learn about many games for the very first time, or have important reveals about gameplay and story explained. But there’s been a growing trend whereby in the desire to show off bigger and better content, these conferences are pitching titles set so far off into the distance they may as well be tech demos. And Sony is the worst offender.

In fact, Sony’s E3 press conference left gamers desperate and dateless; hungering for amazing looking games, but given no clear window of release.

Our recent analysis of the games showcased at E3 2015 shows that a whopping 77% of them have yet to see the light of day in time for E3 2016. In fact, from last year’s event, Sony only saw one game – a small indie called Ronin – release before Christmas 2015, and the other two games – the recently released Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End and Street Fighter V – come out in 2016. The rest? Well, I guess they will still at the show again this year.

Furthermore, that number of unreleased games has grown year-on-year, up from 50% in the period between E3 2014 and E3 2015. It’s left many gamers frustrated, wonder when (or if) some of the advertised games will actually get released. If Sony announces another bundle of great looking first-party games at its E3 2016 conference, when will they actually come out? The data suggests maybe late 2017 or 2018. Maybe not at all.

Microsoft is marginally better. After E3 2014, it only released 60% of its announced games. After E3 2015, that number grew to 69%. The American-based company is hardly off the hook when it comes to pointing fingers in this debate, but at least all the games that it did release came out before Christmas 2015 – a reasonable time frame. On the other hand, 93% of the games Nintendo showcased at its E3 2015 conference are well and truly out – 83% of them in 2015.

But, as mentioned, I do expect Sony to have a solid press conference this year. The PS4 is surging ahead of its rivals in sales, which is sure to drive more investment in software as well as offering a compelling install base to launch into for all its affiliated studios. Plus the arrival of PlayStation VR in October is sure to stimulate a host of game announcements that support this exciting technology - we’ll even get access to them n a relatively short period of time.

I recently assembled a list of all the games confirmed or heavily hinted at for E3 2016 – some 210 titles and counting – and Sony’s contingent is strong. Let’s hope that the following list of titles doesn't just get showcased, but comes with solid release dates fans can mark in their calendar and anticipate without fear of disappointment.

List of Sony Games Expected at E3 2016

  • Detroit: Become Human (Confirmed)
  • Dreams (Confirmed)
  • God of War 4 (Expected)
  • Gran Turismo Sport (Confirmed)
  • Gravity Rush 2 (Confirmed)
  • Horizon: Zero Dawn (Confirmed)
  • Last Guardian, The (Confirmed)
  • Last of Us 2, The (Expected)
  • No Man’s Sky(Confirmed)
  • Uncharted 4 DLC (Confirmed)
  • Until Dawn: Rush of Blood (Confirmed)

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