Sony Skips E3 For the Second Year in a Row

Sony has announced that the company will yet again miss E3, one of the biggest video game shows of the year.

A Sony representative told gameindustry.biz that the company would instead “attend ‘hundreds’ of consumer events” throughout the year to showcase its games. After skipping E3 in 2019 many wondered if Sony would decide to jump back into E3 with a brand new console to show off. It appears Sony is content to rely on other events and its own State of Play showcases to promote its new console.

E3 has had its fair share of issues over the years (like the fact they leaked journalists’ personal info accidentally last year) but Sony skipping a second year in a row likely isn’t going to help the show. Microsoft still plans to attend as well as major publishers like EA and Ubisoft but gameindustry.biz also notes that the ESA, which organizes E3, has struggled to keep attendees happy by allowing the public access but also keeping the show industry-focused. Hopefully they can draw back Sony in the coming years or the show might be in a lot more trouble if Sony skips a third time.

Graveyard Keeper DLC Stranger Sins Releases

Graveyard Keeper’s brand new DLC, Stranger Sins, releases today adding several hours of content and a bar to run.

The game’s Steam page promises 4 to 8 more hours of game-play, the ability to run your own tavern, new quests and character from NPC’s, background story from 200 years ago and more. Lazy Bear Games and tinyBuild’s game is available on PC, PS4, Xbox One and Nintendo Switch and the DLC is out on all platforms starting today.

Read our review of the original PC release here, and expect our review of the Stranger Sins DLC soon!

Sony Announces Next Console Called PlayStation 5 and Details Controller Changes

Sony has confirmed its next generation console will be called the PlayStation 5 and discussed some controller changes as well.

Sony confirmed the PS5 name and release date before Holiday 2020 on its own blog. It also detailed two big changes for the controller in the form of haptic feedback to simulate different gameplay experiences. The other change called adaptive triggers, allows developers to program resistance into the L2 and R2 triggers to react differently to things like driving off-road or pulling a bowstring.

The most detail was released in a Wired article this morning which went a little more into the console hardware itself. Sony Interactive Entertainment CEO Jim Ryan discussed ray tracing, the solid state drive, and more details on the controller.

The PS5 UI will allow players to preview multiplayer and single player content before starting the game and to download and even delete each part separately. The Wired article also mentions the controller has an improved speaker and a USB Type-C connector. The controller was apparently identical to a PS4 controller (minus the details mentioned above) but I’m hoping the controller will get a cosmetic and ergonomic overhaul before the PS5 launches.

Check out the Wired article above for more details on the controller batter, a discussion with a developer from Bluepoint Games (of last years Shadow of the Colossus remake), and a little more info on what the SSD means for the PlayStation 5.

Sony Cross-Play Available to All Games

In yesterday’s Wired article announcing the price drop of PlayStation Now, an interesting bit at the end apparently also announced cross-play is available to all games.

While the focus of the article was the big changes that came to PS Now, like God of War and other major first party games now available on the service, cross-play is discussed at the end. Wired states that “PS4’s cross-play efforts have officially moved out of the beta stage”, strangely with no announcement from Sony.

While cross-play on PS4 has been available for Fortnite and Rocket League for a while this means any game can theoretically do it. PUBG immediately took advantage of the end of the beta and announced the update was live yesterday. With Call of Duty Modern Warfare offering the feature at launch it’s likely many other games will start to add it soon.

As for the PS Now change, the service is available for $59.99 a year now, down from $99.99 previously. The monthly version is down from $20 to $9.99. The previously mentioned God of War, Infamous: Second Son, Uncharted 4, and GTA V were all also made available to download or stream.

Sony Finally Buys Insomniac Games

While many may have thought Sony already had Insomniac games, PlayStation announced via Twitter today it has formally acquired the Spider-Man developer.

Despite having worked with Sony for over 20 years, starting with Spyro the Dragon in 1998, Insomniac was an independent developer for over 25 years. Many of their games have been developed exclusively for PlayStation. The studio had branched out with a few games recently though, most notably Sunset Overdrive which was exclusive to the Xbox One.

Check out the press release from Sony for more info and bit more about the history between the two companies.

Developer Quantic Dream goes Multi-platform

In an interview with Dualshockers, David Cage of Quantic Dream has indicated the publishers desire to move on from Playstation.

The studio recently released Heavy Rain and Beyond: Two Souls with Detroit: Become Human coming soon on the Epic Games store. It’s the first time the games are available on a platform that isn’t PlayStation. The move seems to be indicative of Quantic Dream’s plans. Cage says they want to “work on different platforms” to reach a wider audience.

And while they’ve been looking to move on from PlayStation since “around two years before the release of Detriot” the split appears to have been amicable. Cage mentions “we always had a great relationship with Sony PlayStation”. After approaching Sony to talk about releasing their games elsewhere, PlayStation had no problem with the idea.

Cage finishes by saying Quantic Dream is “not exclusive to any platform anymore”. He doesn’t rule out the possibility of exclusivity deals but for now their games will release on “all platforms”.

The Last of Us Part II Release Date and Editions Possibly Leaked

It’s long been rumored The Last of Us Part II will release February 2020 and a new leak further fuels that rumor and gives additional details on several editions of the game.

The news comes from gaming forum ResetERA where Senior Analyst at Niko Investors ZhugeEX confirmed the February 2020 release. ZhugeEX also mentions there will be four editions of the game coming out as well. The obvious standard, special and collector’s editions are pretty standard nowadays. The fourth is the Ellie Edition. There aren’t any details on what each edition includes though. I’d look to Days Gone and Death Stranding editions for an idea of what to expect.

What makes this seemingly random forum post newsworthy is it comes from the same leaker who gave us the Death Stranding release date and edition details before. But even though that leak was true take all of this with a grain of salt. Leakers have been wrong before and it is the internet. But until Sony and Naughty Dog give us any more info, it’s exciting to possibly have an idea of when to expect this highly anticipated sequel.