PlayStation Experience 2017 – The Rundown

This evening kicked off the opening press event for PlayStation at this year’s PlayStation Experience 2017. The show for the most part was more laid back than usual with a lot of industry icons taking the stage to sit and talk gaming and what to expect in 2018.

Starting the event was the typical sizzle reel showcasing a variety of AAA games and indie releases. How else are you going to get the crowd going without a bit of sizzle to hype them up. Shortly after, Shawn Layden and Sid Shuman took to the stage to sit and chat about some of the big releases we saw in 2017 and those we can expect to see in 2018.

Coming out of the gate first was the reveal of Firewall Zero Hour for the PlayStation VR. This tactical 4 vs 4 first person shooter looked very promising for fans of both PSVR and FPS games. Next up was also a new reveal for PSVR which was The Last Guardian VR. This experience will put players into the world of Trico for an up front, in your face encounter and will be FREE for all to download on December 12. Rounding out this section of reveals was yet another title for PSVR, WipEout VR. This will be a FREE update to WipEout Omega Collection coming in 2018.

Next we saw a number of industry veterans brought to the stage to discuss several projects they were involved with. Hermen Hulst from Guerilla Games took a seat to talk Horizon Zero Dawn and the experience that narrative brought to players. Cory Barlog from Santa Monica Studios followed close behind to chat about the upcoming God of War and give a little insight into the game play mechanics and voice work that has gone into the game.

Next to the stage was Siobhan Reddy from Media Molecule to talk about the highly anticipated Dreams. This will be one of those genre defining newcomers that will certainly present gamers a brand new alternative they’ve never experienced before. And filling in a fourth seat on the couch of fame was Guillaume de Fondaumière from Quantic Dream who took us through an extended section of the choose your own adventure Detroit: Become Human. Let’s not forget to #SaveTheFish when you play this in 2018.

After we got through the on-stage developer montage, we were treated to some new trailers for upcoming 2018 releases. These included…

  • Donut County a vacuum-hole simulation game.
  • Jupiter & Mars an underwater dolphin adventure for PSVR.
  • BlazBlue Cross Tag Battle a tag team brawler entry into the long running BlazBlue series.
  • Soul Caliber VI which is the latest entry into the fighting game series.
  • Monster Hunter World the action RPG from Capcom which also featured a crossover with the iconic Mega Man of all mascots.

Then we took a break from video games again and were treated to Andrew House and Mark Cerny who discussed their time with PlayStation and many of their ups & downs they’ve shared throughout their careers there. And as if there wasn’t enough powerhouses on stage, Mark gave a warm welcome and the audience gave a standing O to Hideo Kojima from Kojima Productions to show and discuss a bit more of the mind bending, thought provoking, Daryl Dixon (Norman Reedus) starring release, Death Stranding. To be honest, I still have no clue what this game is about.

And lastly, to close out the show, what has become a bit of a tradition and running joke from past shows, Shawn Layden revealed the t-shirt that was hiding under his jacket the entire time. The big reveal was that MediEvil is making a return to the PS4, fully remastered, giving Sir Dan a shot at stardom once again.

In all it wasn’t the shock & awe I think a lot of fans were hoping for, there were no price drop announcements, no new hardware to showcase and frankly very little in the way of new games that we haven’t seen or heard of previously. It gave us enough of a tease of what’s to come and kept the PlayStation faithful filled with hopes and dreams for all of these spectacular releases in 2018. Stay tuned to PS Nation for all your PSX 2017 coverage where we have boots on the ground getting first-hand access to all these games and more!

Written by Ben Palmer

Ben Palmer

An avid video game enthusiast who loves collector’s editions, retro gaming & the history of this great hobby.

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