Well gamers, it’s time for another round of conferences from our favorite gaming companies. This time it’s the coveted Tokyo Game Show which doesn’t officially begin until September 8th. Sony must have been excited to show Japanese gamers what they had in store as they streamed a Pre-TGS showcase. And they came guns-a-blazing with all new content for PlayStation Vita and PlayStation 4.
The new head of SOE Japan/Asia Atsuhi Morita opened the Pre-TGS presentation with the promise of new details on both PS4 and PS Vita games. The PlayStation Vita got its time to shine first. Down below are the highlights for the PS Vita.
PlayStation Vita Highlights:
Spike Chunsoft starts the show with Zettai Zetsubou Shoujo, better known as Danganronpa – Another Episode. It’s a spin-off to Danganronpa: Trigger Happy Havoc and Danganronpa 2: Goodbye Despair. There is no word on when this will come to western markets, but it will release in Japan on September 25th.
Sony also showed off a new trailer for Phantasy Star Nova, an action RPG. Phantasy Star will drop in Japan some time in November but there aren’t any confirmed dates for the game coming to the west.
Spike Chunsoft also announced for the PlayStation Vita The Way Of The Samurai, or Samurai Warriors Chronicles 3. This will be coming to the 3Ds and PS Vita in Japan in December. This series is pretty old. It first appeared on the PlayStation 2 with 3 sequels that released on PS3 and Xbox 360.
Marvellous Entertainment showed a beautiful trailer for their new project Luminous Arc Infinity. Which seems to be a fantasy type JRPG and also a new Gundam game entitled Gundam Breaker 2 was announced with a new trailer.
Next, Sony showed female gamers some much needed attention with the announcement on the new Light Pink/White PlayStation Vita and matching accessories. It will release in Japan on November 13th and will cost 18,980 yen.
System Update 3.30 for PS Vita will introduce themes and the PlayStation 4 Live from PlayStation app will also make its debut. Themes for new IP Freedom Wars and Danganronpa were the examples shown, but themes from other games are on the way, including Phantasy Star Nova. The new application allows the players to view the streams of games being broadcasted by other PlayStation 4 consoles. There was no mention about the streaming functionality from the handheld itself, but the application is still a really good move to show further integration of both PS4 and PS Vita. No release dates where announced for the system update, but the Live With PlayStation app will come some time this Fall.
Lastly, Sony announced that over 100 new PS Vita titles will be released in Japan from now until the end of March 2015, which brings the game total to 600 titles in the region. The PS Vita segment ended in Sony’s signature style with a light montage of trailers that showcasing upcoming PS Vita titles.
PlayStation 4 Highlights:
Third Parties Show Japanese Marketed Titles
Sony began the PS4 segment with a new trailer for Destiny. A video message from Bungie CEO Pete Parsons played on screen.
Ubisoft shows off trailers for Assassin’s Creed: Unity, Far Cry 4 and The Crew. The Japanese beta for The Crew will be exclusive to PS4, but no further details where given.
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt trailer was also shown.
First Party Titles & New Game Announcements
Shuhei Yoshida, president of SCE Worldwide Studios came on stage and reiterated the PlayStation 4’s milsetone of 10 million units sold. He also mentioned Sony exclusive games that have hit the million sold mark.
Everybody’s (Hot Shots) Golf was announced and will be coming some time next year.
LittleBigPlanet 3 was next, confirming a Japanese launch and a new trailer shown.
A new trailer for The Tomorrow Children was shown. On October 1st, there will be a closed alpha test for the title. As a bonus, PlayStation Plus subscribers will have first access to the alpha. You will be able to apply on September 17th to get the alpha by downloading an app on the Japanese PSN.
Ready At Dawn’s The Order: 1866 received a new trailer. Visually, the game looks stunning.
The new IP from from Software Bloodborne finally received a concrete release date – February 5th, 2015 for Japan. A brand new trailer was also shown.
Kingdom Under Fire 2 and Let It Die got new trailers.
Earth Defense Force 4.1: The Shadow of New Despair and Disgaea 5 were announced for the PS4 with a release window of 2015.
Hideo Kojima took the stage next to talk about the new Playable Teaser for Silent Hills. Kojima shares that over 1 million people downloaded P.T. Kojima confirmed that he wanted the players to use the PlayStation share button function and also Twitch to solve the puzzles with help from the community. Kojima talked a little about the first person to actually beat P.T. Her name is Soapwarpig. He estimated that it took her 4 hours to beat, which was much faster then he expected – he thought it would take gamers at least a week to accomplish the task.
Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain will be talked about at TGS itself instead of the pre-show, Kojima affirmed.
The new Resident Evil: Remasterd trailer was shown and announced for PS4 by Capcom for early 2015. Also Capcom announced Resident Evil: Revelations 2 for PS4 and Xbox One with a live action concept trailer. This is strange since the first iteration became popular on the Nintendo 3Ds.
This new resident evil will have a new story and a brand new protaganist as well. The tagline is “Evil is Watching”. Also, the core Revelations team is back which should make for a great experience.
Sega announced Yakuza 0, which is set in 1988, during Japan’s economic period. Yakuza 0 is going to have two protagonists, is a prequel, and will have cross-save with PS Vita, PS3 and PS4. 2015 will be the release window.
Bandai Namco announced God Eater 2: Rage Burst for the PS4 and PS Vita with a new trailer.
Dragon Ball Xenoverse and One Piece: Pirate Warriors 3 was announced – look for more details in the coming weeks.
Dead or Alive 5: The Last Round was next up with a fantastic trailer for PS4 and Xbox One as well.
Next, Sony showed off a sizzle reel of more games like Senran Kagura: Festival Versus, a new Ys release also coming to PS Vita, and Fairy Fencer F: Advent Dark Force.
The biggest news for me personally is that Atlus finally released a new teaser for Persona 5 which was also confirmed to be coming to the PS4 as well as the PS3 in 2015.
Lastly, Sony gave brief details on the PS4’s new firmware update which will add custom themes.
They closed the PS4 segment with a montage trailer showing off PS4 games that are on their way to Japan. Then, out of nowhere, Square Enix appeared and presented a new game titled Dragon Quest: Heroes for the PS4 coming in 2015, which will be developed by Omega Force, the Dynasty Warriors team. There will be a special edition silver PS4 with the game.
The conference ended with Morita admitting the lagging sales for PS4 and PS Vita in the region, but he highlighted that the huge line up of games ahead should help the consoles flourish.
All in all, this was a great start for Sony to set the tone before Tokyo Game Show. Japan is a hard market to sell consoles to these days and new software coming forward should help.
Check out the conference below for yourself: