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.

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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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  • Avatar for WiIIyTheAntelope #1 WiIIyTheAntelope 5 months ago
    What a strange and disjointed presentation that was. But the games looked good, and that's all that really matters.
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  • Avatar for cldmstrsn #2 cldmstrsn 5 months ago
    Resident Evil 2 looked damn good!
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  • Avatar for Maxbeedo #3 Maxbeedo 5 months ago
    Microsoft went wide (successfully I would say), and Sony went deep with their titles. Not sure the 10+ minute delay while moving everyone was a good call, nor the solo musicians, but they hit a lot of home runs for their games that make them look like absolute must-owns. Between Sekiro, Nioh 2 and Ghost of Tsushima I'm gonna be sick of Samurai games at some point.
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  • Avatar for MetManMas #4 MetManMas 5 months ago
    @Maxbeedo I'll probably be sick of 'em too by the time I play through them, but really I'm grateful to see some more samurai action games besides the anime as hell ones like Samurai Warriors and Toukiden. I'll gladly take these over another shootmans or Eurocentric RPG.
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  • Avatar for docexe #5 docexe 5 months ago
    The conference itself was probably the clunkiest one they have had in the last few years. I actually dreaded we were going to have to endure another intermission before they presented Death Stranding or Spider-man. Thankfully, it seems someone among the organizers must have recovered his sanity about the whole ordeal and kept it simple after the first intermision.

    Putting aside the format of the conference, the games presented were truly great. The Last of Us: Part 2 looks good. Like the first game, it seems to be hitting the right balance between emotional (even heartwarming) character moments and tense sequences of brutality. Ghost of Tsushima looks beautiful, it’s probably among the most beautiful Open World games I have seen. Granted, it seems Sekiro will have the better combat, but I’m still really interested on it. Spider-man was awesome, I love how they keep integrating elements from relatively recent stories from the comic books, like Electro freeing the prisoners from the Raft. I still don’t understand one iota about the story of Death Stranding (not that I actually expected to do it, really), but we finally got some glimpses of the gameplay so that counts for something. Control and Trevor Saves the Universe also look intriguing.

    Finally, I might also add that with the Resident Evil 2 remake, Mega Man 11 and Devil May Cry 5, Capcom has done a lot this year to ingratiate themselves with me and other longtime fans that were disgruntled with their BS. Hopefully they will actually deliver on all those promises.
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  • Avatar for docexe #6 docexe 5 months ago
    @MetManMas @Maxbeedo
    I find it curious how the recurrent theme this year seems to be post-apocalyptic settings and samurais. Now we just need a game that combines both: Samurais battling in the post-apocalyptic wastelands or something like that.
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  • Avatar for JamesSwiftDay #7 JamesSwiftDay 5 months ago
    'A surprise Resident Evil 2 remake'

    Why is this a surprise, Capcom announced they were working on this ages ago.
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  • Avatar for discohospital #8 discohospital 5 months ago
    No mention of Déraciné? Am I on the wrong site, or am I missing something/was this somehow not in the press conference? New PSVR collaboration between From Software and Japan Studio. You play as a ghost that must prove its existence and attempt to interact with and manipulate the physical world!? This might be more exciting than the Sekiro announcement.

    As for the number of samurai games... how is this a bad thing? If there had been three European-style fantasy games announced, no one would have batted an eye. Isn't that kind of backwards?

    Also, I'm officially sold on Death Stranding now. I've thought that maybe Kojima's freedom from his former bonds might allow him to pursue his apparent obsession with Kobo Abe more freely, so I'm looking forward to seeing how much that influence bears on this.
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  • Avatar for sunotenko #9 sunotenko 5 months ago
    @docexe Are you proposing some kind of Onimusha remake?
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  • Avatar for Maxbeedo #10 Maxbeedo 5 months ago
    @discohospital It was more a tongue-in-cheek statement, and it comes mostly from wanting all the Samurai games to be successful and not trip over each other. If they're spaced apart by a few months each then it'll be fine.
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  • Avatar for PK-Strawstorm #11 PK-Strawstorm 5 months ago
    I hope the disaster that was the beginning of the press conference marks the end of this BS (though I highly doubt it). With the "live reaction" streams, we are at the point of having 5+ people watching an inset video of another 3+ people, which is bizarre in itself; talking heads talking about talking heads. But I do at least understand the appeal of personalities giving honest opinions/reactions. I don't understand who, if anyone, wants hired hands and/or employees of a company praising their own bosses and asking "questions" that set-up more redundant praise or are simply prefab segues to a scripted response. At least when these "conversations" were on stage they were still inherently admitting what they were - a stage show. Now, in an era where companies ostensibly want to have character and be honest, we have them apparently looking to QVC as a role model. The "intermission" conversation was literally "Tell me how amazing your games are," except stated in an even less authentic way dripping with corporate lingo. Come on, guys. Are you that daft? The reason people like sports talk shows is because individuals with actual personalities like Charles Barkley are paid to entertain and offer their opinion. When your conversation features people who (despite their "hip" wardrobe) are suits in disguise, the laughs are all inspired out of fear out of being fired rather than any semblance of humor, and by default no opinion is possible because YOU ARE THE PEOPLE SELLING THIS PRODUCT, it really is just an overall embarrassment of corporate culture, and in my opinion an embarrassment of humanity if people are willing to accept this insincere garbage as anything more than it is.
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  • Avatar for discohospital #12 discohospital 5 months ago
    @docexe A voice from the past is calling out to you...
    @Maxbeedo Ahh, I see... Well, I'm thinking Nioh 2 might not be as imminent as the others. Maybe it's a 2020 game.
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  • Avatar for MetManMas #13 MetManMas 5 months ago
    @otenko@docexe I would kill for an Onimusha revival, or even just a compilation. Onimusha basically lived and died with the PS2 era, only seeing some browser game outside of it.
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  • Avatar for AceOfCakez #14 AceOfCakez 5 months ago
    I never bought an Xbox console but I enjoyed Microsoft's conference this year the most. They showed a wide variety of games in an effort to appeal to a lot of gamers. Sony showed much less games but they went far deeper with them on the gameplay end... The John Madden style commentary was absolutely awful though and left a sour taste in my mouth.
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  • Avatar for Lauriemorrison #15 Lauriemorrison 5 months ago
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  • Avatar for docexe #16 docexe 5 months ago
    @discohospital Not really what I had in mind, but touché. =P

    @MetManMas@otenko It’s the one they have not resurrected yet so…
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