The largest gaming convention of the year is just around the corner and, naturally, everyone is gearing up for yet another interesting week filled with somewhat misleading game previews, practically meaningless teasers, and dance numbers. To try and build some excitement before E3 2018 actually begins, Sony unveiled their PlayStation E3 conference schedule, or at least the parts of it that would garner the most interest from people.
On Monday, June 11 at 6:00 P.M. Pacific Time, the PlayStation E3 2018 conference will begin. The conference will also be broadcasted live via live.playstation.com, Twitch, YouTube, and Facebook. As part of the conference, PlayStation's Worldwide Studios will show off Death Stranding from Kojima Productions, Ghost of Tsushima from Sucker Punch, Marvel’s Spider-Man from Insomniac Games, and The Last of Us Part II from Naughty Dog. In addition, third-party publishers and indie developers are expected to be a part of the conference, though specifics have (as one may expect) yet to be revealed. That being said, it wouldn't be unreasonable to expect news about PS VR in some form.
If we are to assume that the four aforementioned games are going to be the pillars upon which the PlayStation conference will stand (as unlikely as that may seem), there doesn't appear to be anything particularly noteworthy in the lineup. Death Stranding has been teased for years and yet no one knows anything about it, Spider-Man was shown off at E3 2017, and The Last of Us Part II is a sequel. True, The Last of Us Part II may be a sequel to a very well-regarded game, but it is still a sequel nonetheless and thus not exactly a completely new and innovative project on Sony's behalf by any stretch of the imagination. In all fairness though, that is the nature of the industry now, whereby familiarity means safety, and promising too much only to fail in the execution can prove disastrous, on projects which often have budgets over $100m.
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