It’s been a crazy year so far for PSU. Not only does it feel like it was a matter of days ago that we stepped back off the plane from E3, but we also launched our new-look site for PlayStation gamers this month. However, we’re not about to put our feet up just yet as Gamescom begins next week, kicking off with the hottest ticket in town, Sony’s Gamescom 2014 press conference.
Without further ado, here’s our predictions for what could happen during the show:
1. The indie bandwagon rolls into Cologne
Sony will undoubtedly use the platform of Gamescom to showcase the talent of indie studios once again and we predict a selection of titles showcased via a montage trailer for PS3, PS4 and Vita, including Everybody’s Gone To Rapture, No Man’s Sky and Abzu. Like last year’s Gamescom, a handful of new titles are likely to be revealed by PlayStation Europe’s Shahid Ahmad.
2. The Witness gets a release date
The Witness blog was kept regularly up-to-date by designer Jonathan Blow throughout 2014, right up until July 10 when the posts stopped. Could it be that he’s been working hard on the final touches of his 3D puzzle game in anticipation of announcing a firm upcoming release date for later this year?
With Sony Computer Entertainment Europe publishing the game, we’d expect at least mention of The Witness and word on how development is going. We may see it for the first time in all its 1080p/60fps glory, but we also wouldn’t be surprised to hear about its launch date. Expect an extended demo from its E3 showing on the show floor.
3. Until Dawn scares abound
It’s pretty much guaranteed that Supermassive Games’ Until Dawn will feature at Gamescom in some form or another. The fact that Sony has teased it now in not one, but two trailers suggests that the horror adventures is one of its big announcements this year. Until Dawn was first announced at Gamescom 2012, but this year we’re expecting a surprise or two.
The serial-killing slasher will cut a chunk of its audience out if it decides to be a PS Move exclusive game, so expect news of DualShock 4 support, but more impressively Project Morpheus compatibility. We wouldn’t be surprised at all to see a working sample of Until Dawn using Project Morpheus on the show floor utilising the headset and Move as a VR input device.
Want to know more about Until Dawn, check out 7 facts you should know about PlayStation’s serial-killing exclusive.
4. VR thrills with Project Morpheus
Project Morpheus is in the running in the Gamescom award category of BEST HARDWARE as momentum continues to build for Sony’s virtual reality headset. Gamescom is likely to feature the headset more prominently than E3. We don’t expect a release date or price announced at this stage, but we may hear about a few games to get people excited about and some working demos on the show floor, including Until Dawn.