PlayStation Paris Games Week 2017 conference live report


12:30
By Martin Robinson

Well hello, hi or, as they say here in France ‘Allo ‘Allo! (Knew that GCSE would come in handy some day).

12:31
By Martin Robinson

We are here in Paris, about three and a half hours ahead of the event.

12:34
By Martin Robinson

12:35
By Martin Robinson

In case you don’t quite believe that EG has got the budget to send me all the way to Paris and that I am instead – and as per usual with these live reports – watching online in a pair of unwashed Zelda pyjama bottoms as I fester at home or in the dark corner of the office they make me sit in, that there is an actual baguette.

12:37
By Martin Robinson

Also some of that smelly Dairylea that comes in small wooden boxes and some slices off a really big Pepperami.

12:43
By Martin Robinson

That said, I’m going in with low expectations.

12:43
By Martin Robinson

A release date for Dreams would be nice.

12:43
By Martin Robinson

Anything on Dreams would be nice.

12:43
By Martin Robinson

Beyond them cancelling it onstage. That wouldn’t be nice.

12:45
By Martin Robinson

Elsewhere, release date and more details on Detroit, maybe a little something on Dad of War and also a little more on that game with the bikers and the zombies that looks a bit like The Last of Us.

12:45
By Martin Robinson

Which probably has a name but I’m quite happy calling it that game with the bikers and the zombies that looks a bit like The Last of Us.

12:46
By Martin Robinson

Where else exactly do you put it?

12:46
By Martin Robinson

Also it’d be lovely to hear what Sucker Punch has been up to, wouldn’t it?

12:48
By Martin Robinson

And all that said, I don’t think we’ll get another look at The Last of Us 2 until PSX. It’s a fan favourite, so Sony will want to hold back something special like that for all the fans at that show.

12:48
By Martin Robinson

Those are my predictions. They’re all guaranteed to be very wide of the mark.

15:05
By Martin Robinson

We’re here at the event!

15:06
By Martin Robinson

15:06
By Martin Robinson

In the shadow of Paris’ world famous Arc de triomphe!

15:07
By Martin Robinson

There’s an hour pre-show – which is what you’re getting right now – before the show proper kicks off in an hour.

15:07
By Martin Robinson

So I’m in the holding pen, where there’s finger food aplenty.

15:07
By Martin Robinson

So without further ado, let’s play guess the canape!

15:08
By Martin Robinson

15:08
By Martin Robinson

Wasabi sushi?

15:09
By Martin Robinson

15:09
By Martin Robinson

Fancy salmon.

15:10
By Martin Robinson

15:11
By Martin Robinson

Honestly no idea.

15:12
By Martin Robinson

Seven new game announces, ey? I think there’s going to be a slight shove in PSVR’s direction tonight, so some of those maybe be related.

15:25
By Wesley Yin-Poole

Jumping in here while Martin seeks love in Paris! As you’ve probably seen, Guacamelee 2 was announced.

15:25
By Wesley Yin-Poole

The Gardens Between was announced, too. It looks like a lovely single-player co-op adventure type game with two characters working together on-screen. Also, you can reverse time! Braid of Brothers?

15:26
By Wesley Yin-Poole

We also got a release date for LocoRoco 2 on PS4. It’s out 9th December, with 4K gameplay on PS4 Pro.

15:27
By Chris Bratt

15:27
By Chris Bratt

That’s Martin videobombing the livestream like the professional games journalist he is.

15:27
By Wesley Yin-Poole

And, so we’re all caught up, Sony announced The Hong Kong Massacre, which looks like Sleeping Dogs meets Hotline Miami. Top down twin stick shooter carnage. Looks super cool!

15:31
By Wesley Yin-Poole

Sony’s just announced two brand new PSVR games: Bound to Blood (fantasy reality TV show with other contestants and enemies, proceedurally generated, airships in VR), and Megalith (a hero shooter. You’re a titan trying to become a giant god). Both out 2018.

15:33
By Chris Bratt

There was a time when the PSVR montage would have made it into the main conference, but I think this all looks like a lot of fun.

15:36
By Martin Robinson

I’m heading in shortly, where I’ll be able to keep up to date – sorry for the spottiness covering this pre-show stuff. There’s a slew of very interesting PSVR games being announced.

15:38
By Martin Robinson

As I’m standing directly behind the pre-show presenters, I can admire how well co-ordinated their outfits are.

15:41
By Wesley Yin-Poole

Resident Evil 7’s free Not A Hero DLC comes out 12th December, Sony’s just shown on stream.

15:43
By Wesley Yin-Poole

Q-Games (PixelJunk, The Tomorrow Children) have a new game out… tomorrow! It’s called Dead Hungry, and it’s a PSVR zombie game. Looks over the top and very silly indeed.

15:44
By Wesley Yin-Poole

Stifled is another PSVR game out tomorrow. Sony’s clearly getting new PSVR games in this pre-show, which suggests we won’t see much of the headset in the main show.

15:46
By Wesley Yin-Poole

League of War is yet another PSVR game. It looks like a tower defense/RTS game with tanks.

15:47
By Wesley Yin-Poole

On 21st November, the Final Fantasy 15 fishing PSVR standalone comes out.

15:48
By Wesley Yin-Poole

It’s called Monster of the Deep: FFXV, and the entire boy band is in it.

15:48
By Martin Robinson

Right, I’m now in the auditorium like a real professional.

15:48
By Martin Robinson

And just in time for the Final Fantasy 15 fishing simulator.

15:50
By Wesley Yin-Poole

Bloody hell! That Final Fantasy 15: Episode Ignis footage looks nice, doesn’t it?

15:51
By Martin Robinson

Episode Ignis now has a release date too – December 13th.

15:52
By Martin Robinson

Now a rhythm action that’s heavily Harmonix-influenced.

15:52
By Martin Robinson

Announced at Paris Games Week two years ago, apparently. Though I can’t remember it at all.

15:53
By Martin Robinson

Out of all those announcements, it’s Tennis World Tour that has me the most excited.

15:53
By Martin Robinson

How long has it been since the last decent tennis game?

15:54
By Martin Robinson

Not that any of them could ever touch the majesty of OG Virtua Tennis.

15:54
By Martin Robinson

And here we are with out first announce. A game that looks like a rip-off of both Journey and Ico. Is it Vane?

15:55
By Martin Robinson

It’s got an impossible to announce title, and is out now.

15:56
By Martin Robinson

Oure, it’s called. That sails a bit *too* close to Team Ico’s games and Journey for my liking, but if you want a look have at it.

15:57
By Martin Robinson

Three minutes to go – and one more announce to squeeze in before the main event.

15:58
By Martin Robinson

I’m sitting on the second tier of the show floor, above a small bevy of devs who may – or may not – be making an announcement tonight.

15:59
By Martin Robinson

There’s Capcom’s Tsujimoto, Herman from Guerrilla, Abbie from Respawn. Oh and Geoff Keighley.

15:59
By Martin Robinson

Before all that though, here’s a new game from none other than Mossmouth.

15:59
By Martin Robinson

Who made a game called Spelunky. Not sure if you’ve ever heard of it or not.

15:59
By Martin Robinson

It’s Spelunky 2. Cripes.

15:59
By Martin Robinson

End the show now, we’re done.

16:00
By Martin Robinson

Oh go on then, do a little show seeing as we’re all here.

16:00
By Martin Robinson

The Eiffel Tower gets a small round of applause.

16:01
By Martin Robinson

And we’re straight into the meat of it.

16:01
By Martin Robinson

This, I believe, is Sucker Punch’s new game.

16:02
By Martin Robinson

How exciting it is to see them bust out of inFamous for something truly new. They’re a great dev.

16:03
By Martin Robinson

I do hope we get a subbed version rather than having those awful voice actors.

16:04
By Martin Robinson

Ghost of Tsushima. I’m going to have spelled that all sorts of wrong.

16:04
By Martin Robinson

Stealth edit. Anyway, I’m going to sit here and go all dewey eyed over Jim Ryan. Just give me a few moments on my own.

16:05
By Martin Robinson

What edit? Where? Anyway, isn’t Jim Ryan a real meatloaf of a man?

16:06
By Martin Robinson

In case you hadn’t realised, tonight is all about spoiling Microsoft’s Xbox One X party that’s kicking off next week.

16:06
By Martin Robinson

It’s a very childish thing, this games business.

16:07
By Martin Robinson

A new game from PixelOpus, a Sony studio who previously worked on Entwined.

16:08
By Martin Robinson

Which this has some family resemblance to.

16:09
By Martin Robinson

It’s a charming, heart-warming artsy action game that’s just about the most Sony thing I’ve seen.

16:09
By Martin Robinson

And it’s called Concrete Genie – out next year.

16:10
By Martin Robinson

PlayLink now. This is the mobile companion thing for PlayStation whereby friends can join in using their handsets.

16:10
By Martin Robinson

And this is a new game from London Studio – who previously did The Getaway, among other things.

16:11
By Martin Robinson

Erica – looks kind of like an FMV choose your own adventure adult drama… thing.

16:12
By Martin Robinson

PSVR sizzle time now, with Rec Room, Moss, RE7, Apex Construct and others all taking their time in the spotlight.

16:13
By Martin Robinson

It’s all enough to shut up PSVR naysayers who say there’s no support for the headset, that’s for sure.

16:13
By Martin Robinson

All that, and fishing.

16:14
By Martin Robinson

And another London Studio game – it looks very much like The Getaway is getting a full VR outing.

16:14
By Martin Robinson

Well deserved too – this was one of the highlights of the PSVR’s initial sketches.

16:15
By Martin Robinson

Blood & Truth be its name.

16:16
By Martin Robinson

Oooh, Jim’s switched sides of the stage. I think he must have clocked me and has now moved to the other side of the room so he can make a faster exit.

16:17
By Martin Robinson

Far Cry 5 up now.

16:17
By Martin Robinson

Or is this Ghost Recon Wildlands? I really can’t tell these games apart.

16:17
By Martin Robinson

Nope, it’s Far Cry 5, and it has full co-op support.

16:18
By Martin Robinson

Some space alien game up now. Never heard of it.

16:19
By Martin Robinson

Here’s some new Destiny 2 content – Curse of Osiris, coming December 5th, in which you’ll head to Mercury to take down some of those angry fax machines known as the Vex.

16:20
By Martin Robinson

Monster Hunter: World, aka the best game of 2018, gets a new trailer too.

16:20
By Martin Robinson

Hoping to have some more on this for you in the middle of this week. I’m probably allowed to say that I’ve played it, and it’s very, very good.

16:22
By Martin Robinson

YESSSSSSS. IT looks like there’s some Horizon: Zero Dawn crossover, with an Aloy skin coming to the PS4 version of Monster Hunter World.

16:23
By Martin Robinson

Call of Duty World War 2, which is out this Friday. It looks very much like a Call of Duty game.

16:24
By Martin Robinson

The Resistance – the first DLC pack for Call of Duty WW2 – is coming to PS4 first on January 30th.

16:24
By Martin Robinson

Hang on, what’s this? A new Codemasters game?

16:24
By Martin Robinson

Could it be Evolution’s new game? It’s got strong Motorstorm vibes.

16:25
By Martin Robinson

Like a cross between Trackmania and Motorstorm. Multi-vehicle mayhem. That’ll do nicely.

16:27
By Martin Robinson

Something something Star Wars. I’m still trying to work out whether Onrush is what Evolution did next – I’m fairly sure it is.

16:28
By Martin Robinson

Here’s Spiderman though.

16:28
By Martin Robinson

Confirmed – Onrush is the studio once known as Evolution’s new joint. It looks awesome, too.

16:30
By Martin Robinson

Detroit looks darker and darker.

16:31
By Martin Robinson

I don’t know how comfortable I am with infanticide being front and centre of a game like this. It’s certainly powerful though.

16:32
By Martin Robinson

We’re only at the halfway point, and it’s kept a very strong pace. I’ve hardly had time to make inappropriate remarks about executives at all.

16:33
By Martin Robinson

Nice to have some light relief after that Detroit section with a father and son mashing the shit out of some monsters.

16:33
By Martin Robinson

A release date please? Nothing beyond early 2018, unfortunately.

16:33
By Martin Robinson

It’s got monsters in it.

16:34
By Martin Robinson

This’ll be Horizon: Zero Dawn’s Christmas-themed expansion, a lovely throwback to the Nights Christmas Edition.

16:35
By Martin Robinson

A very brief look, that is. We’ll be seeing it tomorrow, I believe.

16:35
By Martin Robinson

And here’s Shadow of the Colossus remake, looking like it’s had quite the makeover.

16:36
By Martin Robinson

As much as I love the original, it had more than its share of technical shortcomings that even Bluepoint’s remaster couldn’t shift. This remake is very welcome indeed.

16:37
By Martin Robinson

A deserved round of applause for that. And Jim’s switched sides again.

16:37
By Martin Robinson

And we’re about to wrap – that was a very brief conference. Kust one more game to look at now.

16:37
By Martin Robinson

It’s an exclusive. Could it be The Last of Us 2?

16:37
By Martin Robinson

Or that one with the bikes and the zombies?

16:38
By Martin Robinson

More importantly, how will we tell which one it is?

16:38
By Martin Robinson

I’m going with The Last of Us, for what it’s worth.

16:41
By Martin Robinson

Someone’s arms being broken in graphic detail, an axe is plunged in someone’s head.

16:41
By Martin Robinson

Coming from a weekend of playing Mario it’s all a bit much.

16:42
By Martin Robinson

We’re waiting for the big reveal. This could still be a trailer for Gran Turismo Sport DLC. Just waiting for a Skyline to bust through the scene in a tick.

16:42
By Martin Robinson

Well, you wanted your edgy adult games and you got them.

16:43
By Martin Robinson

That looked pointlessly grim. Not the best way to show off one of your big new properties, surely.

16:44
By Martin Robinson

Between that and Detroit, I think Sony could do with growing up a bit when it comes to courting more adult gamers.

16:44
By Martin Robinson

Anyway, that’s that. There’s your PlayStation Paris Games Week.

16:46
By Martin Robinson

In summary – lovely samurais, lovely car game from the ex-Driveclub team all sprinkled with scenes of domestic abuse and overstated violence.

16:46
By Martin Robinson

I can’t say I was that impressed with the latter two. I liked the colourful cars though.

16:50
By Martin Robinson

That’s a wrap for today’s show. We’ll be seeing some of those games tomorrow and will bring you more throughout the week. Thanks for joining us! I’m going back to the canapes.

16:50
By Martin Robinson

Still nothing on Dreams though…



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