Sony E3 2018 Press Conference Recap—Games, Trailers, and Announcements

Sony E3 2018 Press Conference Recap—Games, Trailers, and Announcements

A surprise Resident Evil 2 remake, plus gameplay trailers for The Last of Us: Part 2, Death Stranding, and more.

We're almost done with E3 2018's chaotic press conferences. And tonight, Sony brought the thunder. All in all, if Nintendo doesn't disappoint tomorrow, it's been a pretty solid year for announcements and inside looks at upcoming games.

In the run-up to tonight's press conference, Sony specified that four games we already knew about would be the focus: The Last of Us: Part 2, Ghost of Tsushima, Spider-Man, and Death Stranding. Sony showed gameplay and new cinematics for all of those, and more. Here's all the announcements and trailers you missed if you didn't catch Sony's late showcase.

The Last of Us: Part 2

The Last of Us: Part 2 was first revealed in 2016 at the PlayStation Experience. Since then, we've gotten two cinematic trailers for it that have raised far more questions than answers. That changed today, well kinda. A new trailer first shows Ellie at a barn party, in what seems like a settlement where Ellie (and possibly Joel, with a brief mention of her "old man") are living. She dances with someone who is presumably her girlfriend, as they share a tender kiss. The scenery quickly changes for the worse though, with Ellie killing a man on her own while stealthily prowling through the woods. Not so tender now.

The gameplay shows Ellie as the main playable character, with no Joel in sight. She stalks her way through a nature-overrun area, sliding under cars and taking out enemies that cross her path. The combat shown looks a lot more dynamic than the original game. In one instance, a foe walks around a store and picks up an axe as Ellie crafts an explosive arrow, hidden from view. With seemingly smarter AI and the same sense of desperation that helped make the original game resonate for so many, The Last of Us: Part 2's first gameplay trailer spurred some excitement.

Ghost of Tsushima

Sucker Punch has remained relatively quiet since its launch PS4 exclusive, Infamous: Second Son. Late last year, we finally caught wind of what the team was working on: a new open world action game set in the Kamakura period in Japan, specifically in 1274 during the Mongol invasions. The new trailer for Ghost of Tsushima shows the protagonist Jin riding on his horse through a lush field of reeds, on what is shown to be "Day 9" of the Mongol invasion. Some swordplay is also shown in the trailer, including a striking scene as the sun sets, leaves blow in the wind, and two people have an intense duel.


A new game called Control from Remedy was revealed. Remedy's last game was the Microsoft exclusive Quantum Break, and Control seems to be taking on a similar approach to it, at least stylistically. The trailer shows a lot of slow motion items swirling around—a staple for Remedy's games, obviously. Control has a release window of 2019.

Resident Evil 2 Remake

Resident Evil 2 is finally getting the remake treatment. The debut trailer started with a rat, who met their untimely demise after being knocked from a shelf by a zombie eating a man. Then Leon entered, pistol and flashlight in hand. Later in the trailer, Claire meets Sherry, the little girl she protects throughout the game. And great news: the exciting remake is out pretty soon: January 25, 2019.

Kingdom Hearts 3

The worst world of Kingdom Hearts history is also back with a new Pirates of the Caribbean world. Only this time, Sora gets a cute pirate outfit and there's some rad looking ship combat. Monsters Inc., Tangled, Frozen, and Toy Story's new worlds were also shown. Kairi and Axel hang out at the end too. Kingdom Hearts 3 will get its own special edition PS4, and both Kingdom Hearts remaster collections will be packaged in too.

Death Stranding

Hideo Kojima has never let his fans down. And the latest trailer for Death Stranding cements that. We finally got more than like, two sentences of dialogue. The new trailer shows Norman Reedus exploring a world, from climbing a mountain, to being waist deep in a river with a waterfall, to carrying a body and struggling with it. That's right, actual gameplay! He also takes a shower.

Actress Léa Seydoux, from Spectre and Blue is the Warmest Color fame, also shows up in the trailer, adding to actors Mads Mikkelsen and Norman Reedus. Later, the protagonist navigates a tense environment where invisible monsters are all around him. Actress Lindsay Wagner, from the classic series The Bionic Woman, will also be playing a character in it, as teased by the end of the trailer.

Nioh 2

Nioh, Team Ninja's hit Soulslike, is getting a sequel, as revealed today. The teaser is short, and doesn't even flash a release window. All we know is that Team Ninja is making it, Koei Tecmo is publishing it, and that's that. Nioh just released early last year.


With years of teasers and a big Game Informer cover story, we already knew quite a bit about Spider-Man before today's E3 2018 showcase. A new trailer today showed Spider-Man going toe to toe Rhino, Scorpion, Electro and other famous villains. Insomniac's Spider-Man is shaping up to be an ode to Spider-Man's history, like how Rocksteady's Arkham series is. Spider-Man will be out on September 7.

Destiny 2: Forsaken, Trover Saves the Universe, Black Ops 3 for Free

Destiny 2: Forsaken, the upcoming expansion, got a new cinematic trailer. In addition a new Squanch Games project was revealed called Trevor Saves the Universe, from the mind behind Rick and Morty. (Its previous project was a quirky VR game called Accounting.) The trailer is vibrant and carries the team's rich sense of humor. And last, four classic maps from the Black Ops series are returning to Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 later this year: Jungle, Summit, Slums, and Firing Range. The maps won't just be in Black Ops 4 though, the Back in Black map pack is exclusive to pre-orders on PSN and will arrive in Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 too. And if you don't own Black Ops 3, then you're in luck: because it's coming to PlayStation Plus for free later tonight.

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