Capcom’s latest project for PS4, with a working title of Deep Down, is a fantasy RPG that shows off the studio’s Panta Rhei engine, which was stated to be the next-generation equivalent of its MT Framework engine. The trailer depicts epic battles with fire-breathing dragons, and ends with what seems to be an SOS system – humorously used by Street Fighter‘s Blanka – in which the player contacts a friend for help, possibly hinting at co-op elements.
With rumors pointing to such, it was no surprise to see Ubisoft Montreal’s Watch_Dogs announced for PlayStation 4 (and Wii U, as revealed by a post-conference Ubisoft press release). The open-world hacking gameplay impressed us at E3, and tonight’s new gameplay demo was no different.
In typical Square Enix fashion, Final Fantasy brand director Shinji Hashimoto took the stage to announce that the company is “preparing for development” of a Final Fantasy game for PlayStation 4, and that those interested in it should “be excited for E3 this year.” While nothing at all regarding this mystery game has been shown to the best of anyone’s knowledge, the Agni’s Philosophy: Final Fantasy tech demo originally shown at E3 2012 was played just before the announcement, possibly hinting that it may now be more than just a simple tech demo.
One of the biggest surprises of the conference came in the form of Blizzard Entertainment’s announcement that its action-RPG Diablo III, released for PC last year, will be coming to both PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4. The game has been streamlined and tailored for console gameplay, and features additional content over the original PC version, such as four-player co-operative play. A playable demo of the PlayStation 3 version will be available at PAX East next month.
Finally, Bungie and Activision made the announcement that Destiny would indeed be coming to PlayStation 4. It was a bit odd seeing the creators of Halo at a Sony conference, but if there was anything more odd, it was seeing a model of Master Chief himself in a video from Bungie co-founder Jason Jones, who announced that the PlayStation 4 version of Destiny will feature exclusive content not seen in other versions of the game.
A gaming console is only as good as its games, and from what we’ve seen of the PlayStation 4, it could indeed be very good. With more details waiting on the horizon, PlayStation fans have a lot to look forward to this holiday season.
I’d like to thank Geoff for his huge help in completing this piece.