Sony has finally unveiled its plans for E3 2018. In a blog post from Shawn Layden himself, Sony’s E3 Press Conference will take place on Monday, June 11th, 2018 at 6 PM PST. This timeframe is typical of Sony, but Layden goes on to say something interesting. According to him, they decided to break from tradition in order to give the audience a glimpse of what Sony’s E3 will entail. A few games are specified to be on the stage, which is all either first party or PS4 exclusives.
Death Stranding from Kojima Productions, Ghost of Tsushima from Sucker Punch, Marvel’s Spider-Man of Insomniac Games, and The Last of Us Part II delivered by Naughty Dog. These games would have been safe bets even without Layden’s confirmation a month before the event. While this is indeed a different strategy in regard to E3 proceedings, there isn’t really much else that is likely to be different other than the early confirmation of what Sony itself will be putting on the table.
Layden continues and says that there will still be stellar announcements from third-party publishers and indie developers as well. This isn’t that much of a surprise either, as Sony has been hitting the ground running during the PS4’s lifecycle thus far on with games that are groundbreaking and receive critical acclaim. These studios owned by Sony have made their mark in video game history already, and all of their games are either recently released or are going to be released into the wild relatively soon.
This leaves a small opening for third-party publishers and indie developers to jump into the limelight, as Sony’s chambers are nearly empty with everything that the first-party studios have been working on. The easiest way to determine which publishers will also be joining with Sony during their presentation is by observing which major third-party publishers aren’t holding their own E3 presentation. This leaves out Square Enix, Ubisoft, EA, and Bethesda. I wouldn’t be surprised to see Capcom, Devolver Digital, or Bandai Namco in Sony’s presentation.
Leading in from these prospective appearances, Capcom could finally reveal Resident Evil 2 Remake, and the PSX teaser “Shadows Die Twice,” for From Software’s new title could be fleshed out here. I think both of these instances are likely, and I’m sure there will also be some really cool and innovative indie games presented. There should also be some updates on PS Now, or backwards compatibility could come up as well, since Sony’s first-party studios have basically run their course for this generation. It would compete with Microsoft in that arena, while still keeping the PlayStation exclusives from past generations alive.