Sony's Senior Social Media Manager Jeff Rubenstein is here with details on PlayStation's E3 2012 Press Conference and related updates below, as follows:
This is it: the 2012 PlayStation E3 Press Conference! News, trailers, reveals, and live demos are coming your way, and you can watch it any way you want: On the Web, through Facebook, on the PS3 XMB (Look in the What’s New section), anywhere you take your PS Vita via the free Nico Nico app, or RIGHT HERE!
Festivities start at 5.30pm Pacific/8.30pm Eastern/1.30am London/9.30am Tokyo.
We’ll lead off with a live pre-show featuring new, exclusive gameplay demos, interviews, and previews of the press conference. We’ll wrap up with a sneak peek of the PlayStation E3 booth, which you won’t want to miss.
The press conference is just the beginning of the packed live E3 programming! SPOILER! We’re loading the schedule Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday with over 30 live gameplay demos for PS3 and PS Vita, featuring brand new and unannounced titles from Sony Computer Entertainment’s vast Worldwide Studios team, as well as publishing partners such as Ubisoft, Square Enix, Capcom, NamcoBandai, and Atlus. We’ll drop in Tuesday’s schedule after the show.
OK, I'll shut up now. Watch and enjoy!
Below is a summary of the E3 2012 Sony Press Conference via vg247.com/2012/06/04/e3-2012-sony-press-conference-live-at-2-00am-bst/:
Quantic Dream's "Beyond"
“Death is the biggest mystery of mankind. What happens next, no one knows,”
Beyond will tell the story of a life over 15 years. The character’s names is Jodie Holmes, and she has a connection to the afterlife – and will be played by Academy Award nominee Ellen Page, as rumoured.
The demo showed Quantic Dream’s trademark expressiveness as Judy showed a trace of fear in the face of a strange shaking it seemed only she could feel. Things took a turn for the weird when the police man reached to touch a car on the back of Jodie’s head, somehow triggering a coffee cup to fly across the room and smash.
“I know, they’re coming,” a voiceover said - possibly Jodie’s internal monologue. Special forces burst into the station and seem hesitant about approaching the office where Jodie is sitting. The officer from earlier opens the door for them but before we saw what was inside, it cut to a montage of explosions, motorcycles, helicopters, flipping cards and even swearing, with an older-looking Jodie promising to “kill everyone” next time she is bothered, and speaking to an invisible companion.
“Beyond will be unlike anything you have ever experienced before,” Cage promised, speaking of the game’s maturity and emotion.
“If you make the right decisions, maybe you will discover what lies beyond.”
PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale - Cross play with PS Vita
Players scroe by racking up kills over the course of times matches. The game’s focus seems to be focused on the generation and strategic use of supers, played from a 2D perspective across simple multi-level platform stages. Sweet Tooth’s level three super was shown; the killer clown turned into a mecha version of his van and used a chain gun to take out all three rivals, and even dropping Kratos a second time. Fat Princess emerged victorious.
Two new characters were confirmed – Uncharted’s Nathan Drake and BioShock’s Big Daddy, as rumoured. Tretton also confirmed All-Stars will feature cross play between PlayStation 3 and Vita.
- LittleBigPlanet 2 - Cross-Controller DLC. Will allow Vita and PlayStation 3 players to play alongside each other.
- PlayStation Plus
On the PlayStation Plus side, 12 new *free* games will arrive tomorrow, including LittleBigPlanet, Saints Row 2, and Infamous 2.
New offerings will be added each month, and Sony announced a new pricing plan of $5 per month. The audience members were awarded a free year of PSN subscription.
- PSOne Classics for PS Vita. Due to launch this month, starting with games like Tomb Raider and Final Fantasy VII.
- Hulu Plus and Crackle also to launch soon on the PS Vita.
- Call of Duty: Declassified for PS Vita announced. They promised more information this month ahead of a holiday release.
- Assassin’c Creed 3: Liberation for PS Vita.
Assassin’c Creed 3: Liberation was next, confirming a female lead and New Orleans setting. The game will feature some cross-promotion with the PlayStation 3 version of Assassin’s Creed III with multiplayer modes, skins, and single-player upgrades.
An Assassin’s Creed Liberation bundle will debut the Crystal White Vita in the west.
Assassin’s Creed III
The Assassin’s Creed III team turned up to give an all-new look at the game – naval battles. Connor, apparently impersonating an officer, took the helm of the ship, guiding it between rocky atolls to avoid and return cannon fire. Ubisoft noted the sea battle system includes dynamic weather.
Far Cry 3
Ubisoft stayed on board to talk about Far Cry 3, debuting a dedicated four player co-op campaign. One player asked for and received a boost to health regeneration via a “battle cry”. The team attempted to tale and hold a bridge long enough to bomb it. One character was slowed, carrying the payload, and then the four fled ahead of the explosion, which was celebrated in a brief cinematic. The PlayStation 3 version comes with a free exclusive DLC, too.
“Wonderbook puts a physical book in your hands,” House said. “It isn’t limited to just stories. Imagine sailing the seven seas to discover an atlas. Walking with dinosaurs.”
House said Sony is working with authors, educators and scientists to create both entertaining and educating Wonderbook titles.
One of the first comes from Moonbot, but everyone instantly forgot about that because the very first is Book of Spells, which was written in part by Harry Potter J.K. Rowling, as part of Sony’s collaboration with online world Pottermore.
A reader demonstrated how the PlayStation Move becomes a magic wand, although it’s not required throughout the whole experience. On screen, a dragon flew out of the pages and circles the living room, setting the book on fire.
PlayStation Suite renamed to PlayStation Mobile
House moved onto PlayStation Suite, promising to bring the world of PlayStation to Android devices “in a major way”. Sony is partnering strongly with HTC for its first third-party agreement, and for some reason, is renaming the service PlayStation Mobile.
God of War Ascension Gameplay. Coming March next year.
Tod Pappy presented a live demonstration in which Kratos encountered a dying man on a dock. A horde of goat men of some kind had apparently attacked the city, so Kratos killed them, including dispatching one by the simple expedient of grabbing its horns and yanking its head off. A larger goat man didn’t fare much better; Kratos chopped his feet off and shoved his own sword through his body...
The Last of Us Gameplay
The gameplay footage was everything you could ask of Naughty Dog; colourful, detailed, and atmospheric. Some of the more amazing scenes included an overgrown atrium, a flooded street, and a broken glass arch.
The presenter controlled Joel while the AI handled Ellie, who traversed the ruined urban environment without assistance form the player. Joel took down an enemy by strangling him, a lengthy process, before looting a gun and triggering a cover shooting sequence. Throughout the battle, Ellie followed behind closely, keeping out of trouble...
- Meredith Molinari with David Cage, Jack Tretton, and new Pulse Headset – 11:30am -12:00pm
- The Last of Us – 12:00pm – 12:30pm
- Sports Champions 2 – 12:30pm – 1:00pm
- PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale – 1:00pm -1:30pm
- Unfinished Swan – 1:30pm – 2:00pm
- DUST 514 – 2:00pm – 2:30pm
- LittleBigPlanet Karting – 2:30pm – 3:00pm
- Assassin’s Creed III: Liberation – 3:00pm – 3:15pm
- When Vikings Attack – 3:15pm – 3:30pm
- Soul Sacrifice – 3:30pm – 4:00pm
- God of War: Ascension – 4:00pm – 4:30pm
- LittleBigPlanet PS Vita – 4:30pm – 5:00pm
- Far Cry 3 – 5:00pm – 5:30pm
- PULSE LIVE: Day 1 Highlights – 5:30pm – 6:00pm
- Meredith Molinari with The Last of Us voice actors Troy Baker and Ashley Johnson – 10:00am -10:30pm
- Injustice: Gods Among Us – 10:30am – 11:00am
- Devil May Cry – 11:00am – 11:30am
- Persona 4 Golden & Persona 4 Arena- 11:30am -12:00pm
- Counter-Strike: Global Offensive – 12:00pm – 12:30pm
- Tekken Tag Tournament 2 – 1:00pm -1:30pm
- Portal 2 in Motion – 1:30pm – 2:00pm
- Rock Band Blitz – 2:00pm – 2:30pm
- Ni No Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch – 2:30pm – 3:00pm
- Hitman: Absolution – 3:00pm – 3:30pm
- Disney’s Epic Mickey 2: The Power of Two – 4:00pm – 4:30pm
- Quantum Conundrum – 5:00pm – 5:30pm
- PULSE LIVE: Day 2 Highlights – 5:30pm – 6:00pm
Update: To quote from Sony President & CEO Jack Tretton on E3 2012: We'll Never Stop Playing:
Just a few moments ago we brought our annual E3 press conference to a close, which marked the official kick-off of E3 and one of my favorite times of the year. As I’ve said previously, gamers are PlayStation’s lifeblood and we will do everything in our power to continue to entertain and amaze you.
Nearly four months after the U.S. launch of PlayStation Vita, we continue to be overwhelmed by the positive response from our gaming community. As demonstrated a few moments ago, we’ve only begun to scratch the surface of PS Vita’s capabilities and gameplay.
With new titles like Assassin’s Creed 3: Liberation, Call of Duty Black Ops Declassified and PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale, in addition to a deep lineup of more than 60 titles that will be available before the end of the year, we continue to build PS Vita’s content library with jaw-dropping titles that demonstrate its full power and unique features. The next few months will be extremely exciting for PS Vita and our fans.
In the home, PlayStation 3 continues to deliver rich, immersive games that can only be found on our platform. PS3 provides developers with the industry’s most powerful palette to create from, and our extremely talented team at Sony Computer Entertainment Worldwide Studios is taking full advantage.
We will bring more of what you love with hard-hitting adventures, fast-paced action and suspense-filled mysteries in four new PS3 exclusive titles: Beyond, God of War: Ascension, Last of Us, and PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale. Words can’t do justice to these titles, so be sure to watch the new content we shared tonight. Our publishing partners also demonstrated some amazing content, including Ubisoft’s Assassin’s Creed 3 and Far Cry 3, both of which will offer exclusive DLC for PlayStation customers.
In addition to the core games you love, we also introduced Wonderbook, a completely new experience for PS3 unlike anything you’ve ever seen. Wonderbook puts a physical book in your hands, and when paired with a PS Eye camera, brings to life stories and adventures that allow you to interact with them like never before.
We’ve been working with one of the most popular book franchises in the world for our first title: WonderBook: Book of Spells is a collaboration between PlayStation and J.K. Rowling, creator of the magical world of Harry Potter. Book of Spells will feature exclusive and new original writings from J.K. Rowling, and will utilize PlayStation Move – in the form of a magic wand, to help gamers learn and master the art of spell-casting.
All of our platforms are enhanced by the industry’s most robust online entertainment network, PlayStation Network. We strengthened our offering for you tonight by announcing a free new library of games for PlayStation Plus members. PS Plus members now have immediate and instant access to an ever-expanding lineup of great titles that can be downloaded anytime. At launch, the game collection will feature 12 games, including inFAMOUS 2, LittleBigPlanet 2 and Saints Row 2. All of these games will be available to members starting tomorrow, and new games will be rotated in all the time.
PlayStation Suite – which as of today will be called PlayStation Mobile – is about delivering the world of PlayStation to open operating system-based portable devices. It’s our goal to make sure that wherever you are and wherever you go, PlayStation’s quality content is always available for you to enjoy. Tonight we announced that HTC will be our first non-Sony group partner to have its smartphones PlayStation-certified, which will help expand the PlayStation experience to even more devices and entirely new audiences.
PlayStation Nation has made PlayStation the global leader that it is today and I thank you for your support. As I said onstage just a few moments ago, our one wish for all of you is that you never stop playing. Keep pushing us. Keep driving us. We will continue to do everything in our power to meet and exceed your expectations, providing a gaming universe where you always feel welcome, challenged and amazed.
It’s an exciting time to be part of the PlayStation family…and the best is yet to come.
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