Sony's Gamescom presser was an interesting beast, more focused on new IP and unexpected announcements than the stodgy triple-A glut that dominated E3. The Vita is set to come into its own, while imaginative new titles are headed to PSN and PS3. For your convenience, here's a full run-down of the show including links to the major news stories and some discussion about games that didn't make the headlines.
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Sony went big on Vita, correcting their woeful lack of support for the new handheld at E3. Big-name franchises like Assassin's Creed, Killzone and Call Of Duty: Black Ops are all headed to the device, while innovative cross-controller functionality will be added to LittleBigPlanet via a DLC patch. Titles including Battle Royale, Ratchet & Clank: Q Force and Sly Cooper will all feature this nifty control gimmick, and better yet, will be added to the Cross-Buy promotion - you'll get Vita versions free with a PS3 purchase.
A new firmware update will add PSOne classics support on August 28th, and PlayStation Plus will be extended to the device by year's end.
Oh, and a new game from Media Molecule is enough to get anyone excited. Tearaway is looking mighty fine indeed, making everyone in the auditorium sit up and pay attention.
- Media Molecule's Tearaway revealed
- Black Ops: Declassified detailed & trailered
- Killzone Mercenary confirmed
- LittleBigPlanet Cross-Control
- PS One Classics finally dated
- PS3/Vita Cross-Buy Confirmed
Not one, not two, but three new games have been announced for PS3: Until Dawn, Rain and Puppeteer. All three are recklessly innovative and wildly different in terms of gameplay mechanics, style and tone - one's a horror game based on teen slasher flicks, one's a thoughtful exploration of what it's like to be invisible and the other... well, is kind of like a Punch & Judy show on experimental psychotropic drugs.
In addition to the new games, the PS3 . LittleBigPlanet Karting and PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale looked like smashing fun in some new trailers, while more established titles gleefully messed around with new control methods. LitteBlgPlanet's Cross-Control DLC looks absolutely mental, and FIFA 13 will be compatible with the PlayStation Move. God Of War: Ascension received some brutal new footage and confirmation that a beta is coming "in the near future." Even older games like inFamous and Uncharted: Drake's Fortune got a look-in, with Sony announcing a budget 'Essentials' range that retails at 20 Euros.
PS Plus cloud saves will be increased to a whopping 1GB of storage, and Red Dead Redemption will be taking prime position in September's Instant Game Collection update.
Sony also shared more details about Wonderbook, which will include a Walking With Dinosaurs book as well as original titles such as Digg's Nightcrawler, a detective story set in a noir fairytale. We're still not entirely sold by this obtuse augmented reality tool, but if it can get people reading and show us a new way of interacting with our favourite books, we're all for it. Plus, noir fairytales. That sounds pretty cool.
And of course, there's no way Sony could leave you without giving us another look at The Last Of Us.
All in all? A varied and competent presentation; one that clearly showed a commitment to new IP and innovation. Matt and Brendan are primed and ready to deliver on-location news, previews and interview coverage of Sony's Gamescom lineup, so stay tuned to the Gamescom Hub for the very latest from Kolnmesse.