PlayStation Experience 2016 begins tomorrow and per usual, the event event will kickoff with PlayStation’s keynote address. It is here that PlayStation typically reveals many new titles and gives updates on games that have previously been announced. It’s basically their biggest event of the year outside of their event at E3. There’s a lot of speculation surrounding this year’s keynote address and I’m gonna to give 5 of my own predictions on what we should expect to see from the showcase tomorrow morning at 1:00 Eastern/10 Pacific.
Sly Cooper 5 Will Be Announced
Okay, so let’s get this out of the way: Sly Cooper: Thieves in Time didn’t sell that well. Despite this, I think Sanzaru Games did incredibly well with their previous entry in the Sly Cooper series and I think they’re gonna get another chance. The studio has been oddly quiet since releasing Thieves in Time last generation of the PS3 and I think Sony will give them another opportunity with Sly Cooper 5. I really believe that this series can still be relevant in 2016 and not to mention, Thieves in Time did end with a cliffhanger. I think tomorrow we see the reveal trailer for Sly 5 and I will be in the crowd cheering my heart out because I freaking love this series.
We Will See At Least 5 New PSVR Titles
This is one of my broader predictions, but stick with me. PSVR has been doing relatively well since its release in October. The one problem the new peripheral still has though is that we don’t know what software will be supporting it in the future. Similar to the PSVR portion of their E3 showcase in June, I think Sony’s keynote at PSX will contain a 5-10 minute period where all they discuss are games coming to their virtual reality helmet. Sony is going to want to continue to incentivize those consumers who haven’t purchased PSVR yet to hop aboard while also building rapport with those who have become early adopters of the headset.
Demon’s Souls Remastered Will Be Revealed
From Software has been on a tear in the last few years with the Dark Souls series and Bloodborne. Currently, we know that From Software is working on three new games. However, I don’t think any of these games will see the light of day in 2017. That’s why I think they will instead opt to remaster the game that started their success, Demon’s Souls. Many fans weren’t aware of Demon’s Souls when it originally released so I think From would like to introduce the game to a new group of Souls fans. While they may not be the studio who ports the game to the PS4, I think this remaster will allow From Software to continue to work hard on the upcoming games in their slate while tiding over fans in the meantime.
We Will Get Our First Glimpse Of Crash Bandicoot Remastered
The entire purpose of PlayStation Experience existing is so that Sony can have an event dedicated to their hardcore fanbase. If there’s one thing that would excite hardcore PlayStation fans, it would be seeing the first footage of the Crash Bandicoot remaster that was announced earlier this year at E3. PlayStation gamers have been dying for a new Crash game for quite some time but getting a remastered collection of the old PS1 games works too. Expect to see, at the very least, a trailer for this collection that will include gameplay footage. I’m also going to predict that the trailer will end with a release window of 2017 as the crowd begins to erupt.
The Last of Us 2 Will Not Be Announced
Look, we all want The Last of Us 2 to become a thing. I want it, you want it, my grandma wants it — the sooner it arrives, the better. Unfortunately, the upcoming Naughty Dog title will not be announced at tomorrow’s PSX keynote address. I know that there’s been a lot of rumors going around lately –specifically from industry insider Shinobi602 on Twitter — but I still don’t think this is the time for the game to be revealed. Naughty Dog will instead show off their upcoming DLC for Uncharted 4 and choose to reveal The Last of Us 2 at a later date. If I had to bet, I think E3 2017 may be a good time to formally show the game off to the public. I guess we will see if I am right or not tomorrow.