For the past few years, Sony has held it’s own small pre-TGS conference before taking the larger platform at the Tokyo Game Show. This is usually just to announce a few smaller games and frivolous additions such as new console colours, but this year’s pre-TGS show brought some exceedingly more exciting game reveals that should help to boost the ailing Playstation 4’s sales in Japan.
One game that’s had a lot of RPG enthusiasts talking upon it’s intriguing reveal was Persona 5, which is part of the increasingly popular Shin Megami Tensei: Persona series of games that combines elements of dungeon crawling and dating simulators. Atlus finally showed some animated footage of game which depicts the main character making his way through an urban setting, much like the Iwatodai setting of Persona 3. The end of the trailer also revealed that the game will be coming for Playstation 4 as well as Playstation 3 in 2015. No gameplay was shown but the actual main Tokyo Game show may expand upon today’s tease of the highly anticipated game.
Capcom finally put the rumors and leaks to rest by announcing Resident Evil Revelations 2 with a creepy live action trailer that appears to be show zombies instead of the aquatic creatures of the last game. It was also revealed that Chris and Jill will not be returning as the main characters of the game and will instead be substituted by some new fresh faces to the series. The game will be coming to be Playstation 3, Playstation 4, Xbox 360, Xbox One and PC in 2015, although it’s surprising that the game will not be coming to Nintendo platforms considering the 3DS origins of the first Revelations game.
Sony ended their conference on the announcement of a new Dragon Quest game, Dragon Quest: Heroes, being helmed by Omega Force who are known for their work on the Dynasty Warriors and Samurai Warriors series. Not much was revealed about the game other than the fact it will be much more action orientated than the usual traditional RPG battle system the series is renowned for. This marks the return of the Dragon Quest series to Playstation platforms since the Nintendo exclusives Dragon Quest IX and X. The game will release in 2015 exclusively to Playstation 3 and 4.
Sony also announced a few other games such as Disgaea 5 which will be exclusive to the Playstation 4, and a new YS game that will be coming to Playstation 4 and Vita. A new title for the Danganronpa series was revealed entitled Zettai Zetsubou Shoujo: Dangan-Ronpa–Another Episode, as well as a new Phantasy Star game called Phantasy Star Nova. Luminous Arc Infinity and Way of the Samurai were also shown for the Vita. Bloodborne, the brutal “From Software” game, was also finally given a February 5th 2015 Japanese release date, whilst The Order: 1886 was given a new gameplay trailer.
All in all, this was a great little conference that highlighted Sony’s commitment to all three of it’s current consoles, in Japan at least. Some big name exclusives were shown and announced today, whilst some were teased for the actual Tokyo Game Show conference in two weeks time. The playstation 4 hasn’t been selling nearly as well in Japan compared to Western territories but some of these announcements should help to entice some more sales for the next gen platform.