Tuesday, July 15, 2008

E3 08: Sony Press Conference

Sony, the makers of the PS3, also had their turn at the conference floor today at E3. Jack Tretton started it off by giving a short history behind Sony and its Playstation platform. He also explained how Folding at Home has allowed world record research to be performed by scientists searching for treatments to disease.

The intro video showed Resident Evil 5, Bioshock, and NBA 09. Resistance 2 was shown with what seemed to be actual gameplay footage. Insomniac Games CEO Ted Price then told the back story to the game and showed a new trailer for the game. The game will also have 8-player Online Co-Op and 60-Player, that's right 60-Player, Competitive multiplayer modes.

Tretton then went back on the stage and shows off some of the character customization in LittleBigPlanet and uses the game in a really cool way to show off Sony's business stats, which included the sales of 1.8 million PS3's, 1.6 million PSP's, and 1.5 million PS2's. Also announced was a lineup of Greatest Hits titles that will sell for $29.99, and they include Resistance: Fall of Man, Motorstorm, and Assassin's Creed.

New PS2 titles (yeah, apparently its still around) were given which included, Tiger Woods PGA Tour 09, Star Wars: The Force Unleashed, and Mercenaries 2. Ratchet & Clank Future: Quest for Booty was announced for purchase over the PlayStation Network for $14.99. other PSN titles included Crash Commando, PAIN Amusement Park, Flower, Siren: Blood Curse, and Rag Doll Kung-Fu: Fists of Plastic. Tretton then talked about PlayStation Home and he said that everyone's patience will be greatly rewarded... yet again no date for Home was given.

PSP titles that were shown included Resistance: Retribution, Star Wars: The Force Unleashed, Madden 09, Loco Roco 2, Super Stardust Portable, Lego Batman, Patapon 2, Buzz Master Quiz, and Valkyria Chronicles.

Then a very short teaser trailer of God of War III was shown but maybe the biggest surprise was MAG, a game that will feature multiplayer campaigns of up to 256 players. that's right... 256 players!!! The teams can be broken down into squads of 8 players each and will also have paratrooping and helicopter insertions.

Sony Press Conference:

(information and video credit: G4tv.com)

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