For the last three years, Sony has treated its fans to a pre-holiday treat: a two-day fan festival dedicated to all things PlayStation. Next week, the fourth PlayStation Experience promises to be a gala of the most anticipated games coming to Sony’s gaming ecosystem.
Each year the show opens with a keynote. Here, new games and release dates on ones we already know about are revealed. Here is our wishlist for this year’s PlayStation Experience show:
The Witcher developer CD Projekt Red has been incubating its futuristic role-playing game for several years now. Cyberpunk 2077 was announced back in 2012. It will take place in an open-world city for players to navigate using what appears to be cyborg implants that help you understand and experience the emotions of other characters.
CD Projekt recently began opening up more on the status of the game, and with The Witcher trilogy firmly behind us, we’re hoping they’ll say more. We didn’t see Cyberpunk 2077 at E3, Gamescom, or any other trade shows this year. So, maybe, the PlayStation Experience will be the place.
This is another game that has been lurking in the shadows since its announcement a year and a half ago. From lauded Metal Gear creator Hideo Kojima, Death Stranding featuring a star-studded cast, including The Walking Dead’s Norman Reedus and man of many roles Mads Mikkelsen. We know very little about what this game actually is. The few trailers we do have world-building for the title make little to no sense.
Kojima has a tendency to take his time when making games. However, we’re hoping Death Stranding is further along than we may think. With such an incredible slew of talent behind it, it’s hard not to already be excited.
Okay, so we know Dreams will be at the PlayStation Experience. But we had to include it anyway. It’s been a long time since we’ve seen Media Molecule’s in-development project. Dreams is a sandbox game focusing on player creation and sharing user-generated content. We’ve seen trailers in which players create puppets and make them dance, or bring to life old men to play piano and polar bears to slide down snowy banks.
Dreams looks unlike anything we’ve seen so far in the current landscape of video games. Technology like 4K, virtual reality, and motion controls constantly being refined. We’re excited to see where a game like Dreams can take us with it.
Final Fantasy VII Remake
It was impossible not to include the Final Fantasy VII Remake on this list. So, where is it?! The game was announced in a mic-drop moment during Sony’s 2015 E3 press conference. Since then we’ve gotten a trailer, some footage — and that’s it.
Rumors have swirled that the game will be released episodically, or that it will be a narrative-only retelling without the weird and wonderful side quests and exploration that made the original Final Fantasy VII so special. But none of this has been officially confirmed. Only time will tell. Hopefully, Square Enix will cap off an excellent 2017 with a release date for this hotly anticipated title.
Red Dead Redemption II
Confirmation of a sequel to Red Dead Redemption set the gaming world on fire. Currently, all we have for Red Dead Redemption II is a brief trailer that doesn’t say much about the story or content, and a release window of the first half of 2018.
Don’t get us wrong, we’re happy to get what we can when it comes to Red Dead. However, we want to know more about the story, the new protagonist. We want to know just what kind of mischief we’ll be getting up to in the wild west. And multiplayer, can’t forget about that! Rockstar Games’ stellar commitment to continually pushing new content for Grand Theft Auto Online makes us hopeful for Red Dead’s multiplayer. Sony tends to cut exclusivity deals for some types of content. We’re hoping they’ve done one here and we’ll see it at the PlayStation Experience.
Be sure to stay tuned to FANDOM next week on December 8 through 10 for hands-on impressions from the show